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Old 03.04.2011, 18:45
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Mould in the conservatory

Not really in the sense of the ones you find in the UK but we are on the first floor.

Done some googling and found out that because we shut off this part of our old apartment during the winter there is now mould on the windows and curtains. It cost us a fortune to heat the previous winter trying to keep a wood stove and radiators going.

Found some suggestions for getting rid of the mould off the frames and the windows, however need advice about the curtains which I am not sure what they are made out of.

Any good advice as to washing powder on low heat settting plus some (fill in the blank) liquid or poweder that will shift the mould off them and prevent it from coming back.

Jeez, I wish my wife had listened to me, now she is givng me ear ache that she does not want to know.
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Re: Mould in the conservatory

As you didn't know what the fabric was, I assumed it was something delicate and found this on t'internet.

Seems you dab at it with a cloth dampened with a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water. Vinegar kills and removes mould / mildew.

Otherwise, you could take them to a larger dry cleaner shop (one that does stuff like duvets) and see if they can help you.
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Re: Mould in the conservatory

Honestly, I would pitch the curtains. You can leave it at the dry cleaner's but it will cost you a fortune. You can wash it low temp, with a vinegar rinse. Then, wash it again, and load up the detergent compartment with vanish (liquid, gel), a lot of it. Then, iron it, to kill the germs, you will have to, anyways, so it doesn't look bad.

It must have been some serious humidity even for fabric to go moldy. Are you sure you want to live in a place where you don't use the rooms for months on? And paying rent for that?

Make sure you have that room cleaned really well and aired at all times, all walls, surfaces, the spoors are all over, in everything that is there. Even if you do not see the mold.
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Honestly, I would pitch the curtains. You can leave it at the dry cleaner's but it will cost you a fortune. You can wash it low temp, with a vinegar rinse. Then, wash it again, and load up the detergent compartment with vanish (liquid, gel), a lot of it. Then, iron it, to kill the germs, you will have to, anyways, so it doesn't look bad.

It must have been some serious humidity even for fabric to go moldy. Are you sure you want to live in a place where you don't use the rooms for months on? And paying rent for that?

Make sure you have that room cleaned really well and aired at all times, all walls, surfaces, the spoors are all over, in everything that is there. Even if you do not see the mold.
Thanks for the advice, in short we are due to move to a new apartment around the corner in about one year from now. None of us can wait, no more queues for the one toilet, lack of space, no real bedrooms for the children you name it.

Trouble is Geneva is hard to find accomodation and the landlords rip your wallet to pieces.

It is a really old house which was built as 3 apartments, they were brothers, trouble is the building is really past it, no surprise it is due for demolition at the end of next year. The conservatory is really a diy bodge job to say the least, apparently the first attempt colapsed.

More worried about the health problems that can occur from the spores of the mould, so want to try and have a go and attack it.

Face masks would not be a bad idea I guess.

Thanks for the advice about treating the curtains.
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