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How to Prevent Mould on Curtains

The last thing any homeowner needs is mouldy curtains, they look distasteful, no one wants to clean them, and they can even harm your health. The ideal solution is to prevent mould from growing in the first place, which can be done by creating a clean, temperature controlled house, free from damp. 

Regular cleaning:

As with most areas of home maintenance, the best way to upkeep your belongings is with regular cleaning. To protect your curtains from mould, make sure you vacuum all the furnishings in your home frequently and occasionally dry clean them. Also, wipe down your windows, the surrounding areas, and Venetian blinds or shutters with warm water and detergent. Try to buy window coverings which are aluminium or PVC for the bathrooms and kitchens, so they are resistant to moisture and easy to clean. 


Mould thrives in damp conditions, so it is a good idea to prevent moisture build-up by ventilating your house. When you are home, open the doors and windows to encourage air flow and let sunlight in. Installing an exhaust hood above your stove in the kitchen, and an extractor fan in the bathroom, will help to remove steam from the house. Don’t hang up clothes to dry inside, and check if your clothes dryer is vented outside, because if not, that could contribute to a lot of damp heat in the room. 


Another method of preventing the growth of mould on curtains is to regulate the temperature in your house. By adding double glazing to the windows, and insulating the floors, walls, and ceilings, the building won’t be so affected by hot or cold weather. If you invest in blinds or other window coverings to go under your curtains, it will also add more insulation and temperature control to the house. 

Prevent moisture:

Even if you have a well-ventilated house, it is still a good idea to create the least amount of moisture possible. Damp usually creeps in from outside on wet, rainy days through gaps in walls and window frames. Water can also pool in places it shouldn’t if stormwater isn’t being discharged properly or guttering is malfunctioning. The solution is to frequently check your drainage and guttering and make sure everything is working smoothly. 

How to remove mould from curtains:

For cases which aren’t too extreme, you can spray stain remover onto the mouldy areas, scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, and then machine wash on a low temperature with some baking soda. Dry the curtains by hanging them up outside, don’t use the dryer as it will make the mould stains harder to remove. If that doesn’t work, you can try the old fashioned method of covering the curtains with lemon juice and salt and rubbing the stains, then rinsing the material out. However, the most reliable way to remove mould from curtains is to hire a professional curtain cleaning service which will ensure a thorough, long-lasting solution. 

curtain cleaning by the experts at John Frederick Ltd


If you need a professional curtain cleaning service to remove the mould from your curtains, John Frederick can help. We provide a close inspection and measuring of the curtains beforehand, and then after an expert cleaning in our on site facilities, your beautifully fresh curtains are bagged ready for rehanging. Here at John Frederick we have over 85 years’ experience with both commercial and domestic customers all across London, so get in touch with our friendly team today.


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