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How To Remove Mould From Curtains: A Complete Guide [2024]

Mould growth on curtains is a common problem, as mould thrives in warm and damp areas. It’s a particularly common problem in Auckland with its high humidity levels. Mould not only looks bad, but it can pose a serious health risk for those with allergies or respiratory issues.


While we don’t clean or treat mould on curtains, we’ll give you some simple tips on how you can remove mould from curtains and prevent it from coming back in this guide.


A close up photo of what mould looks like


How To Remove Mould from Curtains

Step 1: Identify the full extent of the mould growth

The first step is to examine your curtains to get a better understanding of the extent of the mould growth. Make sure to pay close attention to corners and areas which come into contact with moisture i.e., condensation on your windows, curtains that are behind furniture. These areas tend to have more extensive, and often hidden, mould growth. If the growth covers a majority of the curtains and some of the surrounding area, we would recommend contacting a professional for professional guidance.


Step 2: Treat curtains with a mould removal solution

There are many commercial products available. Be sure to check the cleaning instructions for your curtains, and follow the instructions on the product label. Always test on a small area of your curtains that isn’t visible to ensure no discolouration.


Step 3: Wash curtains

Check if your curtains are machine washable; if you’re not sure, check the manufacturer's website. Follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions carefully to ensure you don’t shrink or damage the material. If you are unsure if your curtains are machine washable, we always recommend playing it safe and gently handwashing using a manufacturer-approved detergent.


Step 4: Dry curtains

Mould likes the damp so ensure your curtains are completely dry before hanging them back up. We recommend air drying them naturally in a sunny and warm area that has good ventilation.



Clean curtains after removing mould


3 Tips for Preventing Mould Growth on Curtains


Prevention is key when it comes to mould growth on curtains. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


1. Keep your house dry and well-ventilated. To improve ventilation, open windows regularly and dry condensation on windows, doors and surfaces when you see it. Avoid hanging curtains in high-humidity areas such as kitchens or bathrooms.


2. Use a dehumidifier to help combat high moisture levels. Dehumidifiers help to remove moisture from the air, making it harder for mould to grow.


3. Regularly check your curtains for mould. Remove mould as soon as you can see signs.


If you have a more severe mould issue, give our mould removal specialists a call. Contact us today to get a free quote and keep your property mould-free.


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