Question: How do I remove mildew stains from clothes?
How to remove mildew stains from clothes: Mildew is a live, growing organism that can attach to cellulosic - cotton
, linen, ramie, rayon - and hair - silk
- fibers. Mildew eats the fibers, damaging and weakening the fabric.
To remove mildew, first shake or brush the item outdoors to prevent spreading the mildew inside your home. Pretreat the stains with a heavy-duty liquid detergent. Allow to work for at least 15 minutes. Then launder
the fabric in the hottest water suitable for the material. Use chlorine bleach
on white 100 percent cottons to help restore whiteness. Oxygen bleach (OxiClean
, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach
, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach
)can be used on colored fabrics or man-made white fibers (polyester, acrylic, nylon) to remove the stains. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.
Fabrics that are dry clean only should be brushed outdoors, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
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