Different fabric materials in your home become molded for a variety of reasons, including flooding, wet clothes thrown in the hamper with dry ones, or due to clothes being packed too tightly together in the closet.
When mold does start to grow on these things, though, there is hope to get rid of it as long as you know a few simple things. You can also prevent mold from coming back, unless it is due to a natural disaster like a flood.
When you do find molded fabric items in your house, you do not want to handle these with your bare hands because it can cause skin rashes and, in some individuals, allergic reactions.
You should be wearing rubber or latex gloves when picking these things up and you can use an old toothbrush to remove the mold buildup before getting them ready to go into the washer.
Purchase a pre-wash spray to use on them before washing and allow them to soak for the recommended amount of time indicated on the bottle. Put them in the washer and wash with warm or hot water and make sure to wash light colors with light and stay in color families if you can to reduce the visibility of dye bleeding.
Dry them outside on a line if you can, but do not use the electric dryer because it can set the stain further into the fabric. If the stain is not gone after you dry them the first time, repeat the process.
To help reduce the amount of mold spores in your house, a HEPA filtered air purifier can help with this as long as you purchase one that can handle the square footage of your house. A HEPA vacuum cleaner can also help remove dust mites and mold spores from your carpet according to Damage Control Orlando, a local water damage restoration company.
Something else that can help is washing wet clothing as soon as you can instead of throwing them into the dirty clothes hamper with other dry dirty clothing.
When you do that instead of washing wet clothes immediately, it not only causes mold to grow on the wet items, but also on the dry items that are next to them.
Another good thing is to not have your clothes packed so tightly into the closet that air cannot circulate. Air circulation keeps mold spores from settling in any one spot, taking root, and forming a colony.