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    Question Mould/Mildew in Curtains

    OK, anyone know how to get this off, or is it a case of new curtains??? They are thermal backed, and one set is black outs.

    I dry the windows every day too if there is condensation... so it should not have happened in the first place.

    I figure I am not going to be the only one with this prob round here....

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    Have you got a dehumidifier, cos it sounds like you need one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam B View Post
    Have you got a dehumidifier, cos it sounds like you need one?
    Yup... got it last year, same time as the nice new curtains!

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    We've got this on one set of curtains. Tried washing but to no avail. So would be interested to hear if any has any solutions as well

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    Great site Di

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    one thing for the smell if you can get it in nz is oust. doesn't get anything clean though

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    Jub Jub we had this problem in one room, although not so much now that we have put a carpet in for some reason.

    We don't have normal curtains in there, just black out curtains, we used a spray mould cleaner and it worked well - we did a spot check first just in case it did any damage.

    However, I suspect it wouldn't be OK for normal fabric. Have you looked at the spray-on carpet cleaners? Maybe they would work and they should be suitable for fabric.

    Cheers

    Tia

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    Well I have just washed 4 sets of curtains that were in a rental and although they weren't too badly affected they did have mildew stains in parts.

    I soaked them overnight in a fairly strong solution of Napisan in hot water. Some of the stains were still noticeable after the soaking/rinsing .. but they seemed to disappear on the line whilst drying. They look as good as new now!

    Dawn

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    Woohoo, thats promising... I have been told to soak in napisan and wash, and apparently the crucial bit is dry them outside in the sun to finish the job off.

    Hopefully I hang them out right, or the thermal backing will stick to each other!

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