What do I use? When it comes to removing mildew, using bleach is usually a safe choice. There are also cleaners designed specifically for mildew to get rid of the unpleasant smell and grey growth. Just check the label to make sure that your product is appropriate for the surface you’re working on. Use gloves when handling bleach, protect your eyes, and make sure the room is well ventilated.
What do I do? Mix one part bleach to three parts water, and apply it to the affected area with a brush. Then, you can rinse it off with clean water.
Removing Mildew from Fabric:
What do I use? Possibly nothing. If you catch mildew spotting early, you should be able to vigorously brush it off and wash the garment on the highest temperature the fabric can manage – just check the label to make sure you’re not going to shrink or damage it.
For most serious cases, where the mildew has had time to properly embed itself in the fabric, you can use oxygen bleach. Once again, check the labels of you fabric and the bleach to ensure they’re compatible.
What do I do? Following the measurements recommended on your oxygen bleach product, soak the area in a mixture of water and powder before washing the item as usual with a good quality washing detergent. Always make sure to test any solution on a small area first to avoid any damage to the fabric.
How to Get Rid of the Musty Mildew Smell
To get rid of a mildew smell, use a fan rather than an air freshener. While the latter might make the unpleasant odour less noticeable, it merely covers up the smell when you should aim to get rid of it altogether.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure your house stays cool and dry to stop mildew from spreading and growing at all. If you remember to provide proper ventilation, avoid condensation, and apply bleach to affected areas, your house should swiftly be rid of mildew.