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How to get rid of the mildew smell from clothes

Mildew is a type of mould or fungi that can be found on clothes, upholstery and walls in humid climates. Mildew appears in the form of a thin dusting of white and grey particles. Unless you utilise expert dry cleaners like Spin N Press you probably find it difficult to get rid of the smell completely even after multiple washes. Here are some tips to prevent, find and remove mildew straight from your local dry cleaners.

 

  • Prevent mildew

 

A lack of ventilation and an excess build-up of moisture allows mildew to thrive. Natural fibers like cotton, silk and leather are the ideal environment for mildew growth. To prevent this it is important to keep moisture  in the air down to a minimum. In moisture-prone areas like your kitchen and bathroom, it is essential to install exhaust fans, open a window and turn up the thermostat to prevent excessive water vapour. Wipe down greasy and wet surfaces, like your kitchen counter and ensure that your cupboard remains dry, as these surfaces harbour the nutrients required by mildew to grow. Regular laundry and dry-cleaning services are another simple way to keep your clothes away from mould and fungus.

 

  • Remove mildew

 

To remove mildew growth from clothes you must look at the clothing label. If the fabric does not require special care then simply washing it under hot water or brushing it vigorously can be the answer to your problem. This solution however, does not get rid of the smell. Alternatively, you can download a dry-cleaners app like Spin N Press and find your clothes looking and smelling as good as new.

 

  • Get rid of the musty smell

 

A common method to remove the musty smell of mildew from fabrics is to soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water for an hour. After soaking them you can wash your clothes as usual and find the smell gone for good. Other methods include the use of store-bought odour eliminating liquids that can be added to your usual load of laundry. 

Mildew commonly occurs when airflow is inhibited, and moisture has no means to escape. The best way to fight it is to keep your home ventilated. Open doors and windows and allow fresh air to flow. You can also use dehumidifiers to bring down the moisture in the air in excessively humid areas. With proper ventilation and dry-cleaning experts like Spin N Press on your side, you no longer need to worry about the smell of mildew on clothes.

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