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We have a real bad black mold problem at prudoe Bay in the old camps from the 70 s . I was up there sixteen weeks , sick all the time ...I hardly even get the flu or winter colds...

I talked to a woman from the health dept . up here . She told me to use peroxide and water mixed in a spray bottle and that would knock it down better than bleach would .

Never tried it ...I try to stay out of the three ring circus up there !
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I manage a cleaning company and one of the products we use is called Alpha HP. It is a peroxide based cleaner that does a good job of killing mold and is a good cleaner for most uses. It also will kill the MERSA virus though it is not yet certified to do so. It is available through janitorial supply companies that sell Johnson products. The bottle it comes in allows for dispensing at different concentrations. Dispense it to a spray bottle and spray away...
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In my experience here in the wet NW, I find Simple Green does a great job of removing and curing mold problems. My headliner will sometimes get some mold despite my ventilation efforts, but once or twice a year I wipe it with Simple Green and it stays gone. Nice that it is not too toxic too. Worth a try. I like the residual smell better than bleach too.

I also use a liberal amount of lemon oil on all my wood surfaces, which is most of my boat interior. In addition to oiling and beautifying the wood, it is evidently deadly to mold spores. Don Casey trick.

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Great idea! I prefer to use the non toxic stuff whenever possible. However, can't stand the smell of Simple Green. Anyone know of other nontoxics that might also do the job on mold? ( Can anything in the citrus family ( i.e.orange sprays)be safely used on fiberglass?) We are purchasing a new ( old) boat and have some serious cleanup to do. Thanks! cruisingmom
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Vinegar or Lemon Oil will clean it up, but not as effectively as something stronger. They will also help prevent it from re-occurring. However, you really need to address the reason the mold formed in the first place.
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Great idea! I prefer to use the non toxic stuff whenever possible. However, can't stand the smell of Simple Green. Anyone know of other nontoxics that might also do the job on mold? ( Can anything in the citrus family ( i.e.orange sprays)be safely used on fiberglass?) We are purchasing a new ( old) boat and have some serious cleanup to do. Thanks! cruisingmom

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Thanks "sailingdog", we are addressing the causative issue, and some of it is just dirt and grime, but I want to get rid of all the bad stuff as well! I think I will try the lemon oil first, and try something stronger if need be. Anyone know if lemon oil is safe on vinyl, fiberglass and foulies? Does it need to be rinsed? THANKS
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I've found that improving ventilation stops black mold forming for good.
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Should be relatively harmless...it is exactly what it sounds like...oil from lemons... nice citrus scent to it too.
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Thanks "sailingdog", we are addressing the causative issue, and some of it is just dirt and grime, but I want to get rid of all the bad stuff as well! I think I will try the lemon oil first, and try something stronger if need be. Anyone know if lemon oil is safe on vinyl, fiberglass and foulies? Does it need to be rinsed? THANKS

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My all around favorite for all boat cleaning is 409 and lots of paper towels. Works on everything, dirt, mold etc. Leaves nice fresh smell!
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Beg, borrow or make an Ozone generator and use it in a closed cabin (without you in it) for several hours depending on the size of the generator. Open all your drawers, lockers, cabinets, etc. prop up all your cushions so they ventilate.
Mold and spores are killed and your cabin is left fresh and clean smelling. Ozone, in high concentrations is harmful. Ozone generators are what hotels use to refresh rooms.
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Ozone in high enough concentrations to destroy mold and mildew spores is also likely to damage lots of the plastics and rubber components on a boat. I'm not a big fan of Ozone generators.

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