How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Fabric Paintings


Brandon asked: How do I clean mold/mildew from a painted fabric, such as a painting? I bought a hand painted fan in Singapore. It’s pretty big and very nice, but I had it in of my spaces that tends to be pretty cold, and we use for storage. Well, the ventilation went down one day, and it got pretty hot. About a month later, I went to go look at my fan, and it was moldy and very stinky. I can’t get another like it and don’t want to throw it away.

Fabric fans are made from delicate materials that cannot typically withstand the cleaning required to remove mold and mildew. To preserve the fan, we recommend that you have it professionally cleaned. Contact your local cleaning companies to find someone who has the experience and expertise to properly and safely clean the fan. Improper cleaning could result in discoloration or damage to the material. Another contact would be cleaners who specialize in antiques. Although this piece may not be old, it does require the same special care to preserve the color and folds. Check the yellow pages for help finding a qualified person near you.

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