How to clean mold easily? Mold can form quickly and sometimes without our knowledge. But how do you remove those nasty mold stains before they become even more encrusted.
So if you have mold in the house, the car or on the terrace, today I offer you my best tips for cleaning mold.
1. Remove mold from plastic
If you have plastic garden furniture, it is normal to see mold appear after some time. Here is an effective trick to remove mold from a plastic object:
- Mix a little water with ammonia and soak a cloth.
- Scrub the moldy plastic with this solution until the stain disappears.
- Rinse with water to finish and repeat if necessary if mold still persists.
2. Mildew stain on wallpaper
Wallpaper is beautiful and practical, but small mold stains can appear over time, especially if you don’t take the time to maintain it properly.
But back to tips, here is how to clean a mold stain on wallpaper:
- Mix water with bleach (5 parts water to 1 part bleach).
- Dip a cotton swab or a small cloth and gently rub the mildew spots on the wallpaper.
- Dampen a cloth with cold water and rub again to rinse and dry gently with a dry cloth.
Make sure the wallpaper is washable and protect your hands with gloves to do this mold removal trick.
For other anti-mold tips on walls and wallpaper here is a complete article on this subject right here: Clean mold stains from walls.
3. Remove mold from imitation leather
Have you just noticed mold stains on an accessory, item of clothing or imitation leather furniture and don’t know how to remove it?
Here is how to clean mold from faux leather:
- Mix lukewarm water (not too hot or too cold) with liquid dish soap.
- Rub the moldy stain with a cloth and this soapy water.
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4. Clean moldy leather
Leather is a material that needs to be well cared for and cleaned occasionally to retain its luster and beauty for as long as possible.
- Clean leather with glycerine: simply soak a cloth with a little glycerine and rub the moldy stain. The mold should disappear quickly and above all you do not risk damaging the leather with this product.
- Clean moldy leather with turpentine: as with glycerin, just gently rub the mold stain with a cloth soaked in turpentine.
Cleaning moldy leather with baking soda?
Never use baking soda to scrub and clean moldy leather as you risk scratching, discoloring and permanently damaging it.
5. Remove a mildew stain from rubber
Whether on the seals of the fridge or the washing machine, it is common to see mold stains appear. This is why it is important to properly clean and maintain seals and other rubber surfaces.
So here’s how to properly clean moldy rubber:
- Mix equal parts lukewarm water and bleach.
- Soak a cloth and vigorously rub the mildew stains (always wear gloves to protect your hands).
You can also spray the mixture and let it act for a few minutes, then rub again with a cloth soaked in the solution. This will be more effective for very stubborn mold embedded in rubber.
Looking for more washing machine mildew hacks? Here are some other effective tips: How to remove mold from a washing machine?
6. Mold stain on the car seat
Have you just discovered brownish and black spots or larger mold stains on one or more seats of your car and don’t know what to do to fix it?
Just like for a sofa or other fabric furniture and accessories, it is possible to clean a mold stain on the seat of a fabric car.
For this cleaning hack you need:
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 3 tablespoons liquid dish soap
Then soak a cloth or better still a sponge in this solution and rub the mold stains on your car seats. Don’t forget to rinse and dry the seat fabric well to finish. This trick can also be used to remove mildew from clothing and other fabrics.
For stubborn and embedded mold stains in the fabric of car seats use a brush and add a little baking soda to the mixture.
7. Tip for cleaning mold on a mattress
If your mattress is old and the humidity level is relatively high in the house, mold stains can form on different surfaces… Even on a mattress!
What could be worse than sleeping on mold and damp spots… OUACH! Here’s how to clean small spots of mold on a mattress:
- Mix a little water with ammonia in a container.
- Soak a cloth in this mixture and rub the mold.
- Rinse with a cloth dampened with cold water and allow the mattress to dry.
How about reading more tips for disinfecting and washing a mattress? Here is our other article about it: Removing mold from a mattress.