Mold growing in closets and cupboards is a fairly common occurrence. It can completely ruin clothes, shoes, linen whatever belongings happen to be stored in this space. Not only that it also permeates the air and your belongings with the most horrid “musty” smell that is very difficult to get rid of.
The most likely cause of mold in closets is dampness. This can be caused either by poor property maintenance where water begins to seep into the house through leaking roofs, broken gutters, cracked walls or perhaps dripping pipes or in the form of condensation. The latter is caused when the humidity in the atmosphere becomes too high. The moist air then comes into contact with a cold surface and converts back to water droplets thus forming condensation.
What should you do if you discover mold in your closet?
In most cases because closets tend to be enclosed spaces the biggest cause of damp and mold is lack of ventilation which can be resolved fairly easily. However there is work to be done first.
The first thing you should do is to remove everything from the closet. If it is clothing or linen etc. which has been
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stored then laundering or cleaning these items is going to be essential. If there is mold present on the fabrics it will be necessary to remove this before it has a chance to spread further.
There are a few options open to you for removing mold stains from clothing lemon juice and salt mixed then applied to the stain and allowed to sun dry can be very effective. Another option is the use of bleach however you will be limited as to what you can apply this as it will remove colour etc. There are also a few commercial mold removal products which can be used like a laundry detergent.
Okay, so you have dealt with the contents of the closet now it is time to remove the mold from inside.
First safely has to be a top priority – remember exposure to some molds can have catastrophic effects on human health so before you begin seal the area off and wear rubber gloves, goggles and a face mask.
Again you have a choice of how you go about removing the mold of course natural products are far better for you and the environment so you may consider applying solutions of tea tree oil, grapefruit seed oil or vinegar all of which are excellent mold removers.
There are also commercial mold removal products widely available in stores and online some of which are organic and completely non toxic, most will also help remove the unpleasant odour.
Which ever method you use the most vital part if the mold treatment is allowing the closet to dry out completely. Leave the doors open – open a window in the room or perhaps enlist the help of a dehumidifier but DO NOT return the contents until the area is 100% dry.
Creating adequate ventilation is going to be key in ensuring that the problem does not reappear. You could consider leaving the closet door open on occasion or perhaps installing a vent in the bottom of the door or the roof if it is a free standing closet.
You may consider purchasing a mini electric dehumidifier or using one which contains silicon crystals in the closet to soak up excess moisture (remember the crystals will have to be replaced regularly!) One final tip – NEVER put anything in the closet whilst it is damp for example jackets this will only add to your problem.
Good maintenance and good ventilation can prevent mold in closets and cupboards and could save you a small fortune in replacement clothes!