How to prevent mould in wardrobes

Nobody wants to find mould lurking amongst their clothes. To prevent damage to your clothes, find out how to stop mould in wardrobes here.

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How to prevent mould in wardrobes , type of mould that appears in bathroom and kitchen

There’s loads of advice for homeowners regarding mould prevention tips and cleaning suggestions, but much of this advice seems to focus on the type of mould that appears in bathrooms and kitchens. There are very few resources out there that look at mould in wardrobes, and many people don’t even realise that this is something they should be keeping an eye out for at home. Mould in wardrobes derives from two main factors: condensation and damp clothing. So how do you get rid of it? Here’s your guide to understanding more about this type of mould and getting rid of it for good.

When treating mould in a wardrobe, always read the directions on the label and test any cleaning product in a small area first.

Why Does Mould in a Wardrobe Need Special Attention?

When dealing with bathroom mould, bleach products such as Domestos, are the best removal methods. However, when it comes to wardrobes, bleach may not be appropriate for a particular material, or for a delicate wood or finish. Even when diluted, bleach is a very strong substance, and it could eat away at the protective gloss on your wardrobe, create damage to the wood, or cause discolouration. For wooden surfaces and vulnerable materials, it’s always best to use as gentle a cleaning solution as possible. This is why preventing mould in wardrobes takes a little extra care.

How to Stop Mould in a Wardrobe

The first step in stopping mould is removing any mould that is already present in your wardrobe. An alternative to using bleach on wooden surfaces is to use white vinegar. Always test any product in a small area first before continuing.

  1. Treat with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. This will remove the very outer layer of the mould, removing any black residue. 
  2. Dip a cloth into the solution and wipe over the affected surfaces. It may now look as if the mould has completely gone, but there may still be spores remaining deeper down. 
  3. This should be treated with undiluted vinegar, and left to dry. 
  4. The surfaces of your wardrobe can then be rinsed with cold water, and towel-dried. This should kill off all mould that’s already growing inside the wardrobe.

Now, you’ll want to employ some simple prevention tactics:

  • Move your wardrobe out a few centimetres from the wall to prevent condensation from seeping into the cupboards.
  • Never hang damp clothing in your wardrobe. Always ensure that it is completely dry before putting it away.
  • Don’t overfill your wardrobe. If clothes are tight up against each other, mould can grow from the fibres of one item to another, encouraging the spread of spores.
Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

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