Treating and sanitising mouldy textiles

Overview

Mould can be effectively and safely removed from textiles using chlorine bleach or high heat. Salvaging mouldy items prevents landfill and saves money. Need to remove mould from a pram or stroller? We have a specialist method for cleaning and sanitising prams.

Remove mould from textiles with our chlorine bleach sanitise information.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I find out the concentration of my chlorine bleach?

Check the label on your chlorine bleach bottle to find out what percentage (%) of sodium hypochlorite it contains. This is often displayed as g/100g or g/L.

1.0g per 100g equates to a bleach concentration of 1%.
42 grams per litre (42g/L) equates to a bleach concentration of 4.2%.

Can I use this method to remove mould from a car seat cover?

No, treating car seat covers with bleach could compromise the structural integrity and fire retardant on the product. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or contact them for more information.

Can I use bleach to remove mould on a wooden toy or playpen?

No. Unfortunately mould is very difficult to remove completely from timber. You need to physically remove the mould by sanding the wood back and then reseal it so that it is air tight. This will prevent the mould from growing again.

Please note sanding risks the mould becoming airborne.

Will bleach fade my clothes?

Select the ‘Mould minor (non-colourfast fabrics)’ option to reduce the risk of fading. Ensure your items are fully submerged in the solution; you may lay a white towel on top of them while they are soaking.

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References

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