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Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

I'm sure there is a place to put this thread, but I couldn't find it.

We have mold in our storage celler space and it has infested everything, very quickly, since the management did nothing when it was reported in another area back in June... grrr..

Anyway, I found lots about mold in buildings and how to abate that, but how about getting it out of your stuff? Other than sunshine, vinegar, air... I found one product that seems to be in short supply...for fabric.

But suitcases? There was something in various hardware stores for walls, plastic, cloth, I tried on suitcases - big mess.

Is there a place that will clean them?

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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

Depends on the material of the suitcase, because most products contain Chlorine, so the colour of the suitcase can vanish as well, or the plastic can be attacked as well not the target "Schimmel"
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

The suitcases are all fabric like stuff which I suppose is permeated plastic - old hartman light ones, newish briggs and riley, a couple french ones that look like padded parachute fabric and claim to be the lightest - and sports bag type bags of no particular brand. Some of those I am sure I can wash in the machine.

At this point I'd rather give them to a professional, if such a place exits. I've been to many stores and bought every schimmel product I could find. I could not find large quantity clean plain white vinegar though.

We might have sun til tuesday but that won't be enough but the other tenants may not appreciate me monopolizing the roof....

The mold did not make stains but did dust the surface of the outside, and inside, contents (clothes) were affected. Even when only put in the storage cellar for a month....
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

I am using below product for walls, it really works good.

Potz Xpert
Multi javel cleaner

It is available in Migros.
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

I have had this as well and what could go in the machine, did, and the rest I did by hand with a scrub brush and regular washing liquid. Seems to have worked, but mine were all that nylon fabric (maybe it's called ripstop?)

I never thought of using a mold cleaner, for some reason!
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

I am so sorry you were going through this. I am in the same situation and need the same advice. What did you do with it? Please let me know! Many thanks!
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

If you can afford to throw them out, I would - they will have spores infecting everything so even if you can't see the mould it is there.


If you can prove the landlord/owner failed to rectify, then you may be entitled to insurance - do you have your own legal & Household insurance ? You may be able to claim the cost of replacing the items.


For everything else, start with soap and hot water, old rags which can be thrown away when you are done cleaning, and a scrubbing brush - or run everything through the washing machine with plenty of soap and hot water.... then hot dry (clothes dryer) and direct sunlight (outdoors) - then phase 2 is bleach (as someone said, 'Potz Multi Javel Cleaner' - but DO NOT combine bleach with any other cleaning products - and make sure you are not allergic, and do it outdoors if possible so there is really good ventilation.


It was a particularly wet summer - I am not at all surprised we are now dealing with more mould - our bathroom is particularly susceptible (cold side of the building, low ventilation, high humidity) and we had to learn early on to ventilate the room after every shower, and also treated the walls with products to control the mould, and use a special paint as well - and I noticed this week we have a few new spots...
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Re: Zurich: cleaning service or cleaning mould/schimell from suitcases

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I am so sorry you were going through this. I am in the same situation and need the same advice. What did you do with it? Please let me know! Many thanks!
The first, easiest, most convenient, cheapest etc solution for cleaning mold etc is making a water solution with clear vinegar* and than scrub / wipe with it. It is safe to use on most of the plastic materials, but don't use it on polished stone and many of the metals. If in doubt, first try in a small piece of the same material.
*something like this, the price is 0.70 chf for liter :
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