Many clients who experience mold issues in their properties are often also concerned with their clothing in the immediate vicinity of a mold concern.
One of the first questions which arises is whether or not the client should throw the clothes away, or whether they are salvageable. The answer to this question, in short, is: it depends.
The following is a list of suggestions when dealing with mold affected clothing:
1. If there is no visible mold, then the clothing is salvageable by washing the clothes and drying them in the sun.
2. If there is visible growth on the clothing, but no holes, the clothing can be taken to a dry cleaner to attempt to salvage the clothing.
3. If the clothing has had mold growth on it for a extended period of time, and has been eating through the clothing/material, then the clothing is most likely not salvageable at this point.
Mold on clothing usually arises due to high humidity in a closet (especially when living close to the ocean). However, this isn't always the case.
If you are having concerns about mold on clothing or excessive moisture, it is always best to consult with a certified mold inspector to ensure the correct procedures are followed and the source of mold is delineated.
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