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Stop the mould this winter

WORDS: CHRISTINA GARDNER | FROM: ESSENCE MAGAZINE

As the famous line goes "winter is coming" and with the colder days our homes tend to be closed more, which can increase condensation. The perfect environment for mould to develop.

Mould is sneaky and can creep up our curtains quickly if we're not careful. Fortunately, if you catch it soon enough and know how to remove it, it doesn't need to be a long-term problem.

Removing mould from curtains & blinds fabric

It's good practice to check your curtains and blinds regularly for signs of dampness, mould, or mildew. Windows can collect condensation, particularly if single glazed, and because of this they are prime locations for mould and grime to accumulate. This can cause issues for both our window treatments and our health.

Firstly, if the mould spores are visible it's important to brush them off before taking any other steps - test the brush on the fabric before applying too much pressure.

Also give them a quick vacuum. It may sound strange, but it picks up any spores you might have missed with the bristle brush.

Once the major spores are removed it's time to wash your curtains. If the curtains are machine washable, use a gentle detergent and a gentle wash cycle. Otherwise, play it safe

and fill a tub with a mild detergent or baking soda and vinegar concoction. From here, gently hand-wash the fabric and rinse with plenty of cool water.

A top tip - learn what you can and can't put in the washing machine! Thermal backed curtains generally don't like the agitation of a washing machine nor the surging heat of a dryer but may handle a gentle hand wash. Always check the fabric before throwing it into the machine and hoping for the best.

Make sure curtains are completely dry

Given that mould likes damp areas, make sure the curtains are completely dry before rehanging. Hang them in a sunny spot with good airflow (preferably outside) and leave them

until they are completely dry.

If the curtains are made from a fabric that can be put in the dryer pop them in the machine for a quick tumble. But as always check the fabric care instructions first. Fabrics like cotton and linen and various blends can shrink if put into hot water or the dryer. Care must be taken.

A pinch of prevention is better than a tonne of cure

The best way to prevent mould is to ensure it doesn't have the best conditions to grow. Good air ventilation is vital. Not only will this remove moisture from your environment,

but it will also help disperse any dust, food, or dirt that mould feeds on, likely stopping it in its tracks. Try a home ventilation system, dehumidifier, or simply open some windows to encourage airflow. Not letting the fabric rest against a damp pane of glass is also really important - those drapes need to be well stacked off the window.

If you would like help finding cost effective and creative window treatment solutions for your home and more ideas on how to beat the mould – whether it's a new build, renovation or one window don't hesitate to give me a call so we can arrange a time to meet.

Christina Gardner

Local Business Owner

Harrisons Curtains & Blinds Canterbury

027 375 9927 | 03 312 8894

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