Mildew on Curtains

I followed the advice of so many hometalkers and made outdoor curtains from drop cloth I purchased from Lowes. After several days of rain and damp weather I noticed that the curtain on the right side is covered with mildew. Any ideas on getting rid of it and preventing it from coming back? Someone suggested scotch guard but how long would that last? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Rita C. - Panoply
    Rita C. - Panoply Charleston, WV
    That's terrible! I can see you worked hard on making those curtains looks so fab. Here's an article I found from the Univ of FL
  • Woodbridge Environmental
    The drop clothes are absorbing moisture which is their job to do. They are designed to soak up wet messes when painting etc. The issue arises you used one product to do the job of another.
  • Phyllis Wenzel
    Phyllis Wenzel Midland, MI
    Go to sporting goods store and purchase a product to spray tents which makes them waterproof. It comes in a spray can. I used this on our 2 patio umbrellas and it worked. Any sporting goods store that sells tents would have it.
  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    brush off the mold, hang in sun all day. Use table salt and lemon and scrub, hang back out in sun. use borax and laundry detergent and wash hang back out in sun. if you can use bleach in your water use it. mold spores grow and I infect other areas of
  • Junk Gypsee
    Junk Gypsee Branson, MO
    Doesn't smell so nice...but after it dries the smell goes away. I use a quart spray bottle with white vinegar and 40 drops of tea tree oil. I do this weekly...I would allow it to touch plants or anything green because vinegar is also a weed killer. I
  • Olga King
    Olga King Houston, TX
    When is the best time to spray mildew blocker treatment on to drop cloth curtains, after it rains or before it rains? I bought one at Home Depot called Mold Armour Mold blocker.Thanks much!
  • Mercedes Mallery
    Mercedes Mallery Pensacola, FL
    Olga, I bought the same product and it did not keep the mold from returning! I sprayed before and it reappeared, so sprayed again. Sorry it will return. I am going to try the suggestions above about using same product used on camping equipment and tents.
  • GrandmaCarol Speight
    Might want to, AFTER you get it cleaned up, open the curtain after a rainy spell and allow the drop sheet to dry BEFORE you hook it back in place? They also have many out-side weather resistant material available to achieve this effect...albeit they
  • Capernius
    Capernius Laporte, IN
    If it was my curtains/drop cloths, first thing I'd do is hang them in the sun, full sun....spray them down with vinegar....let them dry...launder them.....then hang them in the sun again....when they are dry, use a 3M water proofing product....when they
Donna J