How to prevent mould in wardrobes

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

Updated 24 June 2019

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 that grows inside wardrobes can be very problematic, and it can be tricky figuring out how best to clean it. After all, you’ll want to make sure all spores have been removed, whilst not causing any damage to the structure of your wardrobe. So how do you do 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 mould on windowsills or walls, one of the best removal methods involves using Domestos bleach products. Always follow the directions on the label and test any product in a small area first. You can use Domestos Bleach Spray, or you can mix one part Domestos bleach with 3 parts water and scrub away at the mouldy areas (while wearing protective gloves and a mask, of course) using a stiff-bristled brush.

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. Mould should first be treated with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. This will remove the very outer layer of the mould, removing any black residue. To do this, simply 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. This should be treated with undiluted vinegar, and left to dry. 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.

What Causes Mould in Wardrobes?

Mould in wardrobes can be caused by a huge number of factors, but there are two main causes that are the most likely explanations. It’s these causes that should be addressed first and foremost when attempting to tackle mould growth in wardrobes.

1. Condensation

Condensation is a common complaint, particularly around windows and on walls. This moisture can cause humidity levels inside your home to rise, creating a nice environment for mould to form. Mould can be even more likely to form if you have your wardrobe pushed up tightly against your walls. If you’ve got mould in a wardrobe, prevent it by pulling your wardrobe away from the wall a little, creating more air flow and better ventilation.

2. Damp Clothing

Picture this situation – the clothes hanging on the line are nearly dry, and your washing machine has just finished cleaning another load. Rather than wait, you simply pop your damp washing on hangers and put them away in your wardrobe – they’ll hang dry in there. Big mistake. What you’re doing is introducing moisture into an enclosed environment. On top of this, wardrobes tend to be very dark inside. Damp and dark conditions = ideal breeding grounds for mould and mildew.

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Originally published 19 July 2018