Connie
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Asked on Sep 29, 2017

How do I get rid of mildew oder on crushed velvet?

SusanB. EnneBrenda Foley
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I have a lovely crushed velvet case that holds a set of silver plated flatware. It is very old and has been in a basement for the last 15 years. I can't see the mildew but I can smell it. I know bleach removes mold however if I use bleach I will discolor the velvet. Suggestions?

6 answers
  • M. M..
    on Sep 29, 2017

    I had a velvet, supposedly tarnish-free fabric lined silverware box and I tried and tried to get the mildew/yuck smell out. I 'd put it in the sun and it seemed okay, but anytime I'd close it up for a while, it'd get musty again. Since the cloth was a bit worn, I decided to tear it out and see if I couldn't re-fit it. Well, under that 'nice' cloth was cheap and crumbling cardboard, and all of the smell was in it! Some of the smell had transferred to the wood and fabric, so the only real fix was sanding/painting the inside of the box, and now I'm focused on finding a good replacement fabric. The shapes that held the silver ware in turned out to be just slotted wood blocks, that were covered in the fabric and it was glued and nailed into the box through the bottom. It's actually just fine as a box now, but I still have the goal of re-lining it. IF I hadn't ripped out the fabric, I would have never found the source of the smell, esp since cardboard isn't even archival and holds damp!
  • Brenda Foley
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Soak in vinegar!
  • Brenda Foley
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Soak in vinegar! Then rinse well. . let dry!
  • B. Enne
    on Sep 29, 2017

    If you do not want to take it out try charcoal.
  • Susan
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Spritz w/ Kaboom w/ Oxy clean. Place item into part sun shade area to dry. I'll be delighted how well it changes it for U!!😊👍
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