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Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Hello everyone, I need some advice on what to use for this. We had a leak from arch and have sealed the leak but the mold is still on the walls as you can see in the pictures. Any advice on what we should use on this? I looked at the StarBrite Mildew Remover as it gets great reviews, but the directions say to hose down the affected area after using it. Obviously I don't want to take a hose to the aft cabin and spray down the walls. Any advice? Thank you everyone!!
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Use the Star Bright , or mix some bleach with water and spray it down . Then just wipe it down with a damp cloth , and then buff to a high luster .
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Or, rip out the 'carpet' and replace it with a proper ceiling that will look better and clean up easier
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

From what I understand, bleach makes mold release it's spores. Instead, there's an enzyme-based cleaner that is supposed to literally eat mold. Can't remember the name though.

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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Amazon's mold cleaner. The inflatable cleaner is also amazing stuff.

However, if you are cleaning a carpeted wall you might want to consider searching for a cleaner made for water damage...something outside the typical chandlery products.

Bleach will kill the live mold but may leave a nice layer of dead, colorless, organic material for the new mold to grow on. Bleach is not effective for very long...think pools not properly maintained and how fast they start to turn green.

There are products and experts that go well beyond most 'urban legends' about how to kill mold. Most of them will tell you that chlorine bleach is not the answer.
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Also consider where the mold may be growing that you can't see (and it is, if you already have visible mold). It will crawl back out immediately.

I've become a fan of the tea tree oil treatments, but I can't say I know enough to definitely say why it works. Just experience with Kanberra.
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

Vinegar is a good surface cleaner but it maybe beyond that.
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Or, rip out the 'carpet' and replace it with a proper ceiling that will look better and clean up easier
I'm currently doing that and would not recommend it if your factory overhead is in good condition. It's a big job. If you have access to AC power you might try renting a carpet cleaning with an upholstery hose attachment. Personally I would go with an eco friendly cleaner in there in case you don't pull it all out, but that's more of a personal choice. After that air dry / leave a heater on to dry out the residual moisture left behind.
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I'm currently doing that and would not recommend it if your factory overhead is in good condition. It's a big job. If you have access to AC power you might try renting a carpet cleaning with an upholstery hose attachment. Personally I would go with an eco friendly cleaner in there in case you don't pull it all out, but that's more of a personal choice. After that air dry / leave a heater on to dry out the residual moisture left behind.
But in this case the issue is primarily on the ceilings, (cover on the inside hull surface) not the overhead. Agree the overhead is tough, gravity is your enemy and working over your head tiring and difficult.

But stripping glued-on carpet off the hull, adding some battens or standoffs, and 'planking' the ceiling a la the more expensive interior finishes is not such a bad job, and the end result is quite satisfying. You can also add insulation as you go, improving comfort and reducing condensation to boot.
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Re: Cleaning mold on aft cabin walls

I have used Moldstat and Concrobium on a house I am renovating. They both work. They both instruct to rinse off after the treatment and they both warn that treatment to porous surfaces may not work. However, I have used them on porous surfaces and there have been places I could not rinse off. They still did the job as intended. I have used Concrobium on my boat's liner fabric; it worked well there, too.

I would not consider using bleach for the reasons already discussed, plus bleach is damaging to many substances, especially skin, eyes, sinuses, and lungs.

"Practical Sailor" did some moldicide testing and recommends a homemade solution. I don't remember what issue, but you can search their website to get to the article, if you are a subscriber.
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