Originally Posted by GerthT
I've got a similar issue with my Casita
. Just curious, when you say you treated the mildew with diluted bleach/scrubbing bubbles....was this on the carpet? cushions? I have found the worse problem with the cushion. I have just taken the covers off the cushions (hope I'll be able to get them back on!)... do you have recommendations as to how to clean? I would guess no bleach on the covers... Then the Concrobium after that?
Any advice would be appreciated!
If you can find one to buy or rent... get an ionizing air cleaner as it will kill the mildew spores that are on the materials. Just plug it in and leave the door and windows
closed for a few days to a week. It can irritate your breathing to be in a small enclosed space with that type of air filter running so don't be in there while it is doing its thing. Very amazing little machines for getting rid of musty smells. Harder to find them nowadays vs a few years ago as California banned them. Check for them on craigslist if your budget is tight.
If you are going to wash cushion covers, curtains, throw rugs, etc in your washing machine I have found that putting some Lysol disinfecting cleaner into the wash load does an excellent job at removing odor in fabrics. It kills the mildew and bacteria as well as the musty odors more effectively than bleach. But DO NOT pour it (or spray it) directly onto fabric. Instead follow your machines instructions for adding bleach to the wash and put it in that way as otherwise you might get some spotting on some types of fabrics. For those of you who travel with dogs, this stuff is great for getting that dirty wet dog smell out of rugs and blankets when you wash them.
Washing in cold water and keeping your dryer on the low heat setting is also an important thing to do. You won't know if those fabrics were pre-shrunk so you do need to cold water wash and cool cycle dry them.
concobrium amounts to keeping things ventilated to keep moisture under control. If you are not using the trailer but do have a plug in for power you can run the ionizing air cleaner now and again to kill any spores before they start a major colonizing action.
Borates are mold preventative. It is easy to wash omany surfaces with some Borax laundry powder additive in the washing solution. The pressure treated wood is nowadays treated with borates. They add it to blown in recycled insulation in attics to help prevent mold. You can use it for steam cleaning carpets. Here is a link for those instructions. https://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/us...ets-with-borax