How to get mould and mildew out of curtains

Written by melynda sorrels
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How to get mould and mildew out of curtains
Mould and mildew are both unhealthy and unsightly and need to be handled immediately. (ShevchenkoN/iStock/Getty Images)

Mould and mildew are harmful to your family's health and unpleasant to look at and smell. If mould and mildew have found their way on to your curtains, it can seem like a disaster. Though getting rid of it won't be the most enjoyable chore you'll do all day, it may be the most important.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Medium bristle brush
  • Washing powder
  • Sponge
  • Lemon juice
  • Table salt

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  1. 1

    Take your curtains down carefully and take them outside. Vacuum the floor underneath the curtains to ensure that any mould spores that may have been shaken loose and fallen onto your carpet are removed immediately.

  2. 2

    Brush away the loose mould and mildew from the curtains with a medium bristle brush.

  3. 3

    Lay the curtains on a flat surface so that the affected area is facing up.

  4. 4

    Mix washing powder in warm water to make it soapy and scrub the area with a clean cloth or sponge.

  5. 5

    Rinse the area well with clean water and allow it to dry in the sun.

  6. 6

    Squeeze lemon juice over the affected area and sprinkle it liberally with salt. Scrub the area gently to work the solution into the fibres and leave it to soak in the sun for one to two hours.

  7. 7

    Machine wash the curtains following the manufacturers' instructions and hang them outside to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you used your vacuum cleaner to pick up mould, empty the bag or canister immediately to get the contents out of the house.
  • This method is safe for washable curtains. If your curtains are wool, silk, or any other non-washable material, consult your local dry cleaner about the best way to remove mould and mildew from them.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may fade or damage your curtains.
  • Wear gloves, a mask, and protective glasses when cleaning up mould.

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