BBC radio 2

Did you hear our how to guides on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 Drivetime show?

You may have read about Howopia in The Telegraph?

How to Remove Mildew

Your rating: None
These cold, damp winter days can lead to mildew problems in your home. Once surfaces begin to develop mildew, it’s difficult to keep it under control. Use these simple tips at the first sign of mildew and to prevent it from spreading.
What you'll need: 
A bar of soap
Petroleum jelly
Isopropyl Alcohol
Leather cleaner or saddle soap
Lemon juice
Corn flour
Cloths and a scrub brush
For mildew stains on household surfaces (e.g. vinyl, linoleum, cork), mix a solution of warm, sudsy water and a few drops of ammonia. Apply the cleaner to the stained surface with a cloth. Rinse and wipe dry.
For ceramic tile and grout, dampen the area and gently rub the stain with a bar of soap. Rinse thoroughly, blot the area, and let dry.
To remove mildew from leather and suede, scrub the area gently with a brush to get rid of any excess mould (take care to do this outside to prevent mould from spreading). Rub the stained area with petroleum jelly or a solution of 1 part water to 1 part isopropyl (that is, denatured) alcohol. For leather only, follow up with a leather cleaner or saddle soap.
On washable fabrics, apply a paste of salt and lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes, rinse, and launder. Leave the garment in a sunny area to dry.
Non-washable fabrics are best taken to a dry cleaner. Be sure to show them the stain when you take the garment to be cleaned.
Books and papers should be allowed to dry thoroughly before attempting to remove mildew stains. Once dry, rub off any excess mildew with a dry cloth (again, be sure to do this outside). Dip the cloth in a mixture of vinegar and water, wring it out well, and gently wipe away the remaining stains. Dampen a cloth with water to “rinse” the area, ensuring you do not get the pages too wet. Allow the object to dry, preferably in front of a fan to speed up the process. To keep the pages from sticking together while they’re drying, sprinkle a little corn flour between the sheets and brush it off once the paper is dry.
Always ensure that you wear proper protective equipment (e.g. goggles, gloves, a mask) when dealing with mould and mildew.
For especially difficult stains, purchase a mildew remover and follow the package directions accordingly.
Consider investing in a dehumidifier to help combat mould and mildew build-up.


Post new comment

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Featured writers

We have had a chat with a couple of our more experienced writers.

Find out more about their experiences and why they contribute to Howopia.

Spotlight on two writers.

Share this

How To guides

Howopia is a new website dedicated to bringing together a community of experts to create the most useful 'How To' guides, to help you to achieve almost anything.

Related links