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What is an easy way to remove mold from fabric?

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To remove mold on fabrics, brush the fabric with a stiff brush to remove surface mold, wash the fabric in hot, soapy water, and allow the fabric to air dry in a sunny location. Persistent stains can be treated with laundry pre-treatment products or chlorine bleach.

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If possible, take the fabric outdoors before removing surface mold. To remove the surface mold, brush the fabric with a stiff brush or vacuum the material thoroughly. Remove and dispose of the vacuum bag after cleaning the fabric to prevent the dispersion of mold spores in the home. After the surface mold has been removed, wash the fabric in hot, soapy water.

Allow the fabric to dry outdoors in a sunny location, and examine the fabric for stains. If mold stains are present, apply a laundry pre-treatment product according to the instructions on the product packaging. White and colorfast fabrics can be treated with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water. If the stain persists, repeat the cleaning process. When cleaning some fabrics, such as carpeting or upholstery, use the smallest amount of water possible to remove the stain, and test the fabric for colorfastness before applying bleach or other cleaning products.

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