Beautiful cool morning!! Still only sixty-six degrees, at 1:00 PM, as I prepare this message. First: Lug the heavy vacuum cleaner out anticipating it will suck up the mold stains (which had been saturated with undiluted white vinegar and now fabric was completely dry). It didn’t!! Second: One by one, I scrubbed with plastic bristle brushes. No improvement. Third: Prepare the Borax solution and ask myself “Is the Borax solution ‘the‘ solution?” Fourth: (Actually first and foremost) covering my nose and mouth so I don’t inhale the flying mold particles (kicked up from vacuuming and/or brushing). Fifth: Sponge on the Borax solution. Sixth: A toothbrush worked better than the large brushes. Seventh: Let it dry and see if the mold problem has been resolved. Eighth (in the near future): Try another recipe?? Several more ideas are listed below (and I’ll do more research on the Internet).
- To kill mold using borax, create a borax-water solution using a ratio of 1 cup of borax per gallon of water.
- Vacuum up any loose mold with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to lessen the number of spores stirred up into the air during the cleaning process.
- Use a scrubbing brush with the borax-water solution to scrub the mold off the surface.
- Wipe up any extra moisture and excess mold particles or dust/debris to prevent them spreading into the air once the surface has dried.
- You don’t need to rinse off the borax as the solution will prevent more mold beginning to grow on the surface again.
- Leave the surface to dry completely.
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Upholstered furniture and mattresses may need the attention of a professional cleaner. But if the damage is limited or you’re determined to use natural products, try the two-step process of detergent and rubbing alcohol. After exposing the pieces to the sunlight for at least two hours, brush or vacuum the pieces while they are still outside, discarding vacuum bags or loose mold when you are through. Sponge on natural detergent or dry soap with a damp sponge, and wipe up any excess with a clean cloth or sponge. Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 cup water, and dip a cloth in the formula to apply it to the piece. Leave the furniture or mattress outside until it dries completely.
Obviously, I can’t follow that suggestion but a reader might like that information?!
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Upholstered articles, mattresses and rugs
First, remove loose mold from outer coverings of upholstered articles, mattresses, rugs and carpets by brushing with a broom. Do this outdoors to prevent scattering mildew spores in the house.
Run a vacuum cleaner attachment over the surface of the article to draw out more of the mold. Remember that the mold spores are being drawn into the bag of the vacuum cleaner. If the appliance has a disposable bag, remove and dispose of it immediately. If not, empty the bag carefully (preferably outdoors) to avoid scattering mold spores in the house.
Do everything conveniently possible to dry the article — use an electric heater and a fan to carry away moist air. Sun and air the article to stop the mold growth.
If mildew remains on upholstered articles or mattresses, sponge lightly with thick suds of soap or detergent and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. In doing this, get as little water on the fabric as possible so the filling does not get wet.
Another way to remove mildew on upholstered furniture is to wipe it with a cloth moistened with diluted alcohol (1 cup denatured or rubbing alcohol to 1 cup water). Dry the article thoroughly.
Sponge mildewed rugs and carpets with thick suds or a rug shampoo. Then remove the suds by wiping with a cloth dampened with clear water. Dry in the sun if possible.
Use a low-pressure spray containing a fungicide to get rid of mildew. Respray frequently, especially in localities where mildew is a major problem.
Vapors of paradichlorobenzene or paraformaldehyde, used in enclosed areas, will stop mold growth. See the section “Store with a mildew inhibitor.”
If molds have grown into the inner part of an article, send it to a reliable disinfecting and fumigating service. Such services are often listed under “Exterminating and Fumigating” or “Pest Control” services in the yellow pages of the telephone directory.
FYI: The mattress got wet during the rain storms (although it has a plastic cover). Because it is so heavy, I’ll never put it back into the T@B. Perhaps I will use it to sleep outdoors on hot Texas summer nights?!