How to Clean Mold and Mildew

Last updated on July 16, 2020

Having a mold or mildew problem at home? Here’s how to easily clean mold and mildew in different places of the house. Read on!

Checks areas in your house where there might be water damage or high humidity, like a damp crawl space or basement. Mold and mildew can grow on insulation, foods, plants, fabric, drywall, carpets, wallpapers, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. This growth can start developing on a damp surface in 24 to 48 hours and spores will be produced that travel throughout the air. They can break down and completely destroy whatever they happen to be growing on and may cause mild to serious health problems for your entire family.

This type of problem doesn’t go away by itself. Arrange a to ensure that you identify and rectify the problem.

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Tools for Cleaning Mildew and Mold

rubber gloves

Are you planning on wage war with mildew and mold? Be sure to have the following cleaning tools handy

  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Brushes and buckets
  • Sponges and mops
  • Furniture polish
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Disinfectant chlorine bleach
  • Commercial mildew and mold cleaner, soap, or non-ammonia detergent

How to Prevent Mildew and Mold in Your Bathroom

bathroom cleaning

Not many rooms, if any, see as much humidity and moisture in your house as the bathrooms. Therefore, make sure your bathrooms stay well-ventilated. You can install an exhaust fan to remove moisture faster and help circulate the air. These additional actions can help to keep your bathroom free of mold and fresh.

  • After using towels, spread them out so they dry out faster.
  • Minimize leaving containers in the shower for better circulation and cleaning ease.  
  • Wipe the shower down with a squeegee or clean towel after its last use for the day.
  • Use shower curtains that clean and dry easily to help to avoid the buildup of soap residue which can foster the growth of mold.
  • If you have a mildewed shower curtain that is made out of a durable fabric, you can clean it using the following steps.
  • Use a solution of 1 gall of hot water to 1/2 cup of liquid disinfectant to wash it.
  • Rinse it with a mixture of one gallon of hot water and one cup salt and one cup lemon juice.
  • Wash the shower curtain with bleach (on color fabrics use a color-safe bleach) and detergent.
  • Rinse it off using clear water.  

How to Clean Mildew and Mold from Fabric


To avoid mold spores being sent into the air as well as throughout your house, take any upholstery and fabric that is mobile outdoors first. Brush as much of the mildew off as you can. These pieces should then be treated individually using the following method.

Launder the fabric in hot water and chlorine bleach. If it isn’t safe to use chlorine bleach on the material, soak it in hot water and oxygen bleach for half an hour, and then wash. Take it outdoors and, if possible, let it dry out in the sun.  

You should vacuum any upholstery that cannot be taken outside first. Take the canister outside and clean it or replace your vacuum bag. Mix together 1 cup of cool water and 1 cup of ammonia (Never combine ammonia and bleach since it could result in toxic fumes). Use a clean white cloth to sponge up the stains using your ammonia solution. Then continue to blot until all of the liquid is fully absorbed. Spong the area using cold water and then blot to get rid of any remaining ammonia solutions. Thoroughly dry using a hairdryer or fan that is set on the cool setting.  

How to Clean Mildew-Stained Carpets


The first step to cleaning moldy carpets is to thoroughly vacuum the carpet that is affected to remove as much mildew as possible. After you are finished, either take the cannister outside to clean or throw the bag away. Then clean the carpet by following the directions below.

  • Briskly mix together 2 cups of cool water and 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry soap.
  • Use a damp cloth to apply suds to the area that is stained, sponging lightly.
  • Continue to repeat this process until the stain is completely gone and then rinse.
  • Completely dry the area.

How to Remove Mildew from Wood Furniture

wood furniture

If you have wood furniture that is starting to look shabby, it may be time for you to do a deep clean. Use the tips below to remove mildew from your wood furniture.

  • Vacuum the wood furniture that is mildewed using a soft brush. This will help to remove the spores that are loose.
  • After you are finished, take the canister outside and clean it or throw the bag away.
  • Lightly wipe away any stains.
  • Use a damp cloth to rinse the area, let it dry and then polish the wood furniture.

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