Have you ever been knocked over by the smell emanating from a pile of wet clothes? If damp clothes sit for too long, they can develop an unpleasant, musty smell due to the presence of mildew.
Mildew is a live growing organism that can attach to most surfaces including fabrics, causing stains and damage. The fungi can be easily identified as a patch of gray or white fungus on the surface of the fabric. Or you may see black or green spots. That’s mold which can look almost "fuzzy" or slimy. The odor of mold or mildew is pungent and often putrid. Even if you can't see any spots or growth, if an odor is present there are spores growing and treatment is needed. If it’s not removed, it can eat away at natural fibers, damaging and weakening the fabric, leaving stains.
To remove mold or mildew from machine-washable clothes, first, take them outside to shake them out and/or brush away the spores. Remove as much of the powdery substance as possible being sure to brush both sides of the fabric. Doing this outdoors prevents spreading the spores inside your home where they can continue to grow, causing allergic reactions and breathing problems like asthma.
Here are the next steps you’ll need to take:
If you don’t want to experience this, them simply don’t leave clothes in a damp pile for a few days or more. Every time you wash your clothes they should be immediately hung on a line or dried in a drier.
The same applies for clothes that have gotten sweaty. Hang sweaty clothes so they can air out. Do the same for wet swimming gear. Towels should also be hung up to dry after they've been used. If you have sweaty shoes you might want to let them air out outside on the doorstep or some other place before putting them away.
But mold can cause serious issues when it grows in your home or business. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact Cyclone Kleen Up today to remove it. We have nearly 27 years in the water damage restoration and fire damage restoration business and have the experience to remove mold from your property. One call to Cyclone Kleen Up at 719-299-3887 and we will dispatch a mold remediation crew to your home or business to permanently remove mold. We get the job done fast and right the first time.