How Do You Clean Mildew?

Clean mildew by vacuuming the item, cleaning the surface with a rubbing alcohol solution, placing the item in the sun and spraying it with disinfectant. You need a vacuum, baking soda, a cloth, rubbing alcohol, warm water, a sponge, a fan and disinfectant to complete the process.

  1. Vacuum the item

    Sprinkle baking soda on the item to help neutralize the odor. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it off. Immediately empty the vacuum bag to keep the mildew spores from spreading.

  2. Mix the cleaning solution

    In a container, mix 1 cup warm water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol.

  3. Sponge the item with the mixture

    Dip a cloth in the cleaning solution. Sponge the mildewed item with the rag, and thoroughly clean the stained area.

  4. Remove mildew stains

    For tougher stains, mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a container of warm water. Scrub the mildew stains with the soapy solution.

  5. Rinse the item

    Dampen a sponge with clean water. Rinse off the item by sponging away both the alcohol and soapy solutions.

  6. Dry the item

    Place the item in the sun to dry it quickly. If this is not an option, turn on a table fan, and point it at the damp item.

  7. Spray with disinfectant

    Spray the item with disinfectant to kill any remaining mildew.