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Launder Moldy Clothing And Stuffed Animals

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Knowing How To Launder Moldy Clothing And Stuffed Animals Will Make Your Remediation Less Expensive.​

If there is visible discoloration or mold growth on a cloth item, it should be discarded or professionally cleaned by a mold remediation company.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Wash a single load and wash for three complete cycles using the hottest water possible. 
  2. Use regular detergent combined with a small amount of bleach, if appropriate. Bleach does not kill mold – that’s an urban myth.
  3. After three cycles, wipe down the interior of the washing machine bin with a baby wipe or a Lysol- type of wipe. A damp paper towel will work.
  4. Dry laundered items.
  5. During the drying cycle check the lint filter frequently. Clean it out and replace.
  6. Keep drying until the lint filter can’t collect any more lint.
  7. Smell the items. If they are moldy smelling, they need to be discarded and replaced. If the items have a high monetary or sentimental value please contact a professional mold remediation company before discarding.

How To Save A Child's Stuffed Animal

Mold spores can penetrate the stuffed toy’s fabric covering entering the stuffing. If the toy is laundered with the stuffing inside, it is questionable if all the mold spores are removed. If the mold spores are still inside the stuffing and the stuffing becomes wet, the mold will grow inside the stuffing. If the toy is returned to the child in this condition, it is probable mold spores will enter the child’s mouth and nose when the type is moved or hugged. 

  1. Open a seam (or other) of the fabric and remove all stuffing. Do this work outside on a windy day. You want the mold spores to blow away and not settle in your house or up your nose.
  2. Throw the stuffing away sealed in a plastic bag.
  3. Follow the instructions above to wash the fabric covering.
  4. Restuff with new stuffing and smell.
  5. If the odor is gone, return the stuffed animal to your child.

 Please follow these directions to ensure child safety. If you have questions or concerns about these directions, please give us a call or email.

Concerned About Dust Mites?

Put the pillow or stuffed toy in a plastic bag and place in a freezer for 24 hours. Remove your items and wash as directed above.

You will still need to remove the stuffing from a stuffed toy. This should be done first; then put the toy’s casing into the freezer.

Read more about Mold Testing.

What to Expect During a Remediation.

Want to read more about the Standard for Mold Removal? IICRC S520.

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