Would you wear a shirt that’s full of mould or mildew? Probably not, right? Unfortunately, though, this is an all-too-common problem which occurs when clothes are stored for long periods of time, especially in climates as humid as Malta’s. And while you may neatly fold your garments, placing them in the spare bedroom until the summer arrives, once you remove them, you’ll notice they’re covered in mould and mildew.
So, how do you protect your clothes from this phenomenon? Fungus, mould or mildew growth on clothes is not only annoying and embarrassing but also hazardous for health. So if you want to prevent finding that unsightly, white powdery mould on clothes, here’s what you need to do…
Dry clothes thoroughly before storing them
Obvious as it may seem, waiting until your clothes have fully dried before hanging them up in your wardrobe is imperative. Some people may hang up clothes while they’re still damp, either because they don’t realise or because they assume it causes no harm. But damp clothes will raise the humidity in your closet, creating an ideal environment in which mould and mildew can thrive.
Use a dehumidifier
Needless to say, the most effective way to protect your clothes from mould and mildew is to use a dehumidifier in your wardrobe. As their name implies, dehumidifiers remove moisture from the surrounding environment, essentially lowering the humidity level.
A very unusual approach would be to use vinegar in removing mould stains and odour. Vinegar is very useful and effective in removing the ‘mouldy’ smell from clothes. Add ¾ of a cup of white vinegar to a load of wash. The vinegar will remove any mouldy smell from clothing. Repeat this process until all traces of mould and its smell are gone. Use detergent afterwards to thoroughly clean your clothes.
Hang bags of charcoal
Yes, you’ve read correctly. You might be asking: how can this help to protect your clothes from mould and mildew? Well, charcoal works to absorb moisture. By hanging bags of charcoal in your wardrobe, it will reduce the humidity levels so mould is less likely to form. Be sure to place the charcoal in a “breathable” bag, because if you place it inside of a plastic bag, it’s not going to be able to absorb the moisture.
Let’s face it, our clothes are an investment, and because we spend our well-earned money on them, they deserve all the TLC they can get.
If you have any clothes or textiles that are in dire need of a good cleaning, get in touch with Portughes Dry Cleaning today. What’s more, you don’t even need to bring them to us yourself – we offer pickup and delivery services for free – it’s really that simple! Call us now on 2144 4444 for more information.