How to Get Out Mildew Stains

Have you ever gone down in your basement and thought how to get out mildew stains? There are plenty of ways to get rid of mildew and even prevent it from coming back. All you need to do is follow the directions for the given surface you want the mildew removed from.

Remove mildew stains

How to Get Mildew Stains out of Clothing

What you will need:

  • Fresh squeezed or bottled lemon juice
  • Salt,
  • Powdered bleach with sodium perborate
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Diluted white vinegar
  • Hot or warm water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

Mildew stains can be found on almost any surface. Mildew is caused by mold and will grow only when the conditions are right. Mildew needs a warm moist environment to grow. When it grows on clothes it could mean you did not dry your clothing well or you might have stored them in the basement. Either way you will want to follow these steps to remove mildew stains. Like most other stains the sooner you treat the fabric the easier it will be to remove the mildew.

  1. To begin this mildew stain removal process you will want to wet the stain with lemon juice. It can be either fresh squeezed or bottled. Tip: Before using lemon juice on your clothing you will want to test a small area of the fabric. Lemon juice is a bleaching agent and can cause fading or color changes.
  2. Next, while the lemon juice is wet, sprinkle salt over the wet area.
  3. Now you will want to lay the clothing out in the sun. This will bleach your clothing if it is not colorfast! Do not use this method if it will ruin your garment.
  4. Allow the garment to sit until you see the mildew stain fade.
  5. Rinse your clothing in the warmest water safe for the fabric.
  6. Inspect the garment. If the stain remains move on to step 7.
  7. If the mildew stain was not removed, from your clothing, with lemon juice and salt you can try a little harsher chemical.  To start you will need to mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered bleach with 1 pint hot water. If you cannot use hot water on this fabric you can use lukewarm water.
  8. You can try and remove the stain one of three ways. If you have a moderately stubborn mildew stain you can sponge the solution into the clothing. If you have a little harder mildew stain to remove you can soak the entire stain in a bucket. Finally, if you have a really stubborn stain you can sponge the solution into the stain and then sprinkle the powdered bleach directly on the dampened area.
  9. No matter which method you use you should allow the chemical to sit for about 30 minutes or longer. If you have a particularly stubborn stain you may need to allow the stain to soak in the solution over night.
  10. Rinse the stain with hot or warm water.
  11. Inspect the fabric. If the stain remains move on to step 12.
  12. This step calls for chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach will fade or change the color of your clothing if the fabric is not colorfast. To ensure the fabric is colorfast conduct a test on an inseam of the the fabric. If the color changes or fades do not use this method of removing mildew stains.
  13. Mix 2 tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach and 1 quart warm water in a bucket large enough to soak the mildew stains.
  14. Only leave the bleach mixture on the fabric for about 5-15 minutes.
  15. Rinse the fabric thoroughly in warm water.
  16. To ensure the bleaching has stopped, soak the garment in a mixture of 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 cup water. Allow the treated fabric to sit for about 5 minutes.
  17. Again rinse the treated fabric with warm water.
  18. Inspect the stain. If the mildew stain has been removed launder the garment as you normally would.

How to Remove Mildew from Leather Garments

What you will need:

  • Clean white cloth
  • Water
  •  Rubbing alcohol
  • Fan or breeze
  • Mild detergent
  • Leather wax or conditioner
  • Bucket

Leather is an expensive fabric to buy so when you find a mildew stain on your leather clothing your first thought is to clean the garment. Sense leather is expensive you will need to take care when removing the mildew stains.

  1. To begin removing a mildew stain, from leather, you will need to make a solution of 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup of water.
  2. Dampen a clean white cloth with the solution and gently wipe at the mildew stains.
  3. Allow a fan or air current to dry the solution. Do not leave the solution on the jacket or garment!
  4. Inspect the leather. If the stain remains move on to step 5.
  5. If the mildew stain was not removed using rubbing alcohol you should create a sudsy mixture of mild detergent and water.
  6. Really stir up the soap and the water to create a lot of bubbles.
  7. Dampen a clean white cloth with only the suds form the mixture.
  8. Gently wipe the damp cloth over the mildew stain.
  9. Again dry in a place with an air current or place by a fan.
  10. Once the stain has been removed you can condition the leather clothing or wax leather luggage.