Asked on Sep 27, 2013

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Sow and Dipity
by Sow and Dipity
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These table clothes were stored in a plastic bag after an event and they are now mouldy. We plan to try bleaching but we aren't certain it will work... Does anyone have advice on how to repair them... Thank you!! #cleaning
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Mouldy table clothes
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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Sep 27, 2013
    Shelly, I converted your post to a question so it shows up in the right section.

  • Pat Pat on Sep 27, 2013
    Try peroxide.

  • Jessica C Jessica C on Sep 27, 2013
    I would spray them with lemon juice and water mixture and put them out in the hot sun to bleach. Good luck!

  • Patricia W Patricia W on Sep 27, 2013
    I would first ask what the fabric is? You can soak them in cold water and a few tablespoons of non chlorine bleach. You can also use Rit, there is a stain/ whitener for non bleachable fabrics. Good luck!

  • Patricia Zelechowski Patricia Zelechowski on Sep 27, 2013
    Wash them detergent add a small amount of bleach. Hang them in the SUN to dry. a

  • Sow and Dipity Sow and Dipity on Sep 27, 2013
    Okay.. I believe the fabric is a polyester. I have garbage bags of these tablecothes so I it's not just one that needs fixing. I just tried washing it with my homemade detergent that has oxyclean, borax and washing soda. No results... still just as bad :(. I live in Vancouver BC... our rainy season started so it could be months before we get a good sunny day again. I will try the lemon juice...

    • FERN VITENSE FERN VITENSE on Sep 29, 2013
      @Sow and Dipity MY GRANDMA ALWAYS LAID THEM IN THE GRASS AFTER SHE WASHED THEM.YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH YOUR WASHING. IT MAY TAKE MORE THAN ONE WASHING HOWEVER.

  • Carole Carole on Sep 28, 2013
    I have heard that oil of cloves is effective in getting rid of mould. I don't know if you can use that on your fabric though.

  • Barbara Nowak Barbara Nowak on Sep 28, 2013
    soak in oxiclean or murphy's oil soap

  • Therese C Therese C on Sep 28, 2013
    Spray liberally with straight lemon juice and lay them flat in the direct sun.

  • Cherie M Cherie M on Sep 28, 2013
    Theresa is correct, and if all else fails just dye them or tie -dye them and have a party to remember the hippie days :)

  • Christy D. Christy D. on Sep 28, 2013
    I think you've gotten some great advice on getting rid of the mold. I would like to add a tip for you though. You know those little pouches of silica you get in new shoes and purses and it also comes in some medications. SAVE THOSE!!! When you need to store anything in bags like that again just toss a couple of those in... They'll absorb any moisture that gets in and keep things from molding.

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    • Athena Spanios-Tickner Athena Spanios-Tickner on Sep 29, 2013
      @Christy D. I save mine as well.....

  • Teri Teri on Sep 29, 2013
    Lysol also has a spot cleaner just for mold you might try.

  • Bonnie Brenkert Bonnie Brenkert on Sep 29, 2013
    in a large plastic bowl, put up to 2 cups BIZ powder and very hot water. Use a wooden spoon to stir and dissolve the Biz. Place your moldy cloths in....I've used heavy pots to make sure they stay under the water. Check in two days. If the mold is still there, drain and do again. I've used this method on everything that doesn't use bleach.

  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Sep 29, 2013
    From one old lady try this. You use hot water and vinegar. The vinegar kills the mildew. If that doesn't work bleach with some dishwashing powder soak awhile) and hang outside in the sunlight. Mildew hate heat and sun.

  • Sandra Garth Sandra Garth on Sep 29, 2013
    Using vinegar is my suggestion as well. @Christy D. Great idea!

  • Sow and Dipity Sow and Dipity on Sep 29, 2013
    @Tamara Jansen Here's some great tips for us to try on those clothes :)

  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Sep 29, 2013
    you can buy large bags of those at camping supplies stores like camping world. I have to put in my toy hauler during the winter...you could probably open the huge one and make a lot of smaller ones...:)

  • Dee Dee on Sep 29, 2013
    Bleach with dishwashing det. works wonders. Soak in really large tubs of hot water. Or in washing machine over night then was as usual. Hang outside to dry. You can use kitty litter in plastic bags for storage to keep moisture out. RID also makes a product for keeping items mold free. I think the Dollar store sells that too.

  • Lori Lockwood Lori Lockwood on Sep 29, 2013
    I would soak them in hot water with dishwashing detergent and biz in a bucket over night, then wash on hot as usual in the washer.

  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Sep 29, 2013
    Try hydrogen peroxide...and let us know which method works.

  • Leah M Leah M on Sep 29, 2013
    And don't dry them in the dryer, that'll just set the stains.

  • Melisa Pommier Melisa Pommier on Sep 29, 2013
    I use vinegar also and baking soda

  • For184601 For184601 on Sep 30, 2013
    My favorite rescue treatment is Oxi clean or similar type product. Put 3-4 scoops in a large bucket with hot water and soak all day or overnight. The cloths can later be washed in the oxyclean since it is a cleaner.

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    • Mary Mary on Oct 05, 2019

      What did you end up using? I got some poly linens that has molds on them too!

  • Hilliriah Jacobs Hilliriah Jacobs on Sep 30, 2013
    i have soak in vinegar and baking soda in regular temp water in the washing machine for a day then when i was ready to wash i added some bleach ,that is on whites only, for coloured skip the bleach .worked fine for me

  • Sow and Dipity Sow and Dipity on Oct 06, 2013
    I want to thank you ladies for the advice, I responded to @30 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.fort above on what method I used to save them.... cheers!

  • Marie Serio Marie Serio on Dec 10, 2013
    Also try peroxide and Shout scrub real good with your hands and let them in the solution for awhile .My neighbor uses this on all problem stain and such

  • Ronald K. Smialowicz Ronald K. Smialowicz on Oct 12, 2017
    wash in hot waty

  • Sls32892805 Sls32892805 on Mar 14, 2018
    There is a mean green degreaser that works on mold sometimes