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How to prevent mould on your curtains

Mould on curtains can happen for several reasons, including:

  • High humidity levels: Humidity levels in the room can increase due to a lack of ventilation, poor air circulation, or moisture from sources such as a shower or cooking.

  • Damp conditions: If curtains are exposed to moisture, such as from a leaky roof or window, they can become damp and provide an ideal environment for mould growth.

  • Poor cleaning practices: If curtains are not regularly washed or dried properly, mould can grow on them.

  • Poor storage practices: If curtains are stored in damp conditions, such as a basement or attic without proper ventilation, mould can grow on them.

  • Poor material quality: Certain types of materials, such as synthetic fibres, can be more prone to mould growth.

  • By understanding the conditions that lead to mould growth on curtains, you can take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place.

To prevent mould on curtains, follow these tips:

  1. Keep the room well ventilated: Make sure to keep windows open for a few minutes each day and use fans to circulate the air to prevent humidity buildup.

  2. Control moisture levels: Fix any leaks or moisture problems in the room, keep a dehumidifier running if necessary and wipe any condensation that gathers on your windows.

  3. Wash your curtains regularly: Regular washing in hot water can help to kill mould spores and prevent mould growth. Always follow the care instructions that come with your curtains when washing them.

  4. Avoid hanging damp curtains: Make sure to fully dry your curtains after washing or ironing before hanging them back up.

  5. Use mould-resistant materials: Consider using mould-resistant curtain fabrics in damp areas of your home. We find that thicker fabrics are the best for avoiding mould build-up.

  6. Clean up any mould promptly: If you do spot mould on your curtains, clean it up as soon as possible using a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar, or a commercial mould cleaner.

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By following these tips, you can help to prevent mould from growing on your curtains and keep your home healthy and mould-free. If you have any questions on buying curtains to avoid mould growth or what to expect from your curtains, get in touch with our team