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davidpm 04-19-2012 10:49 PM

Cleaning Sail
 
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This jib is in pretty good shape but has bad spots, I'm thinking mold.
What is the latest on home cleaning methods?

Squidd 04-19-2012 11:17 PM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
I had pretty good luck with a Sodium Silicate Detergent soak followed by an Oxalic Acid stain removing wash...

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SloopJonB 04-20-2012 12:29 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Squidd (Post 860886)
I had pretty good luck with a Sodium Silicate Detergent soak followed by an Oxalic Acid stain removing wash...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...dd/th_2052.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...dd/th_2110.jpg

WOW, I'll say. I'm adding that to my list of tips & tricks.

Thanks.

CalebD 04-20-2012 01:19 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Vinegar is less acidic then oxalic acid (Bar Keeper's Friend) and kills mildew. Use Bar Keeper's Friend for the badly stained parts.
Both wash off with water.

oysterman23 04-20-2012 02:55 AM

Hi Squid....What concentration of oxalic did you use and how long did you allow it to remain on the sail before rinsing?

Minnewaska 04-20-2012 08:21 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Sending a sail out to be professionally washed in a vacuum washer is worth every penny, IMHO. It has to be better for the longevity of a sail than using acid.

Squidd 04-20-2012 10:13 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Always sounds more dangerous when you use the chemical name.... If I told you I used "Oxy-Clean" and "Zud" you say "Oh, I can get that at the Dollar Store"..

No telling what industrial duty caustic agents they use at the "professional" cleaners..

Minnewaska 04-20-2012 10:34 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Squidd (Post 861041)
Always sounds more dangerous when you use the chemical name.... If I told you I used "Oxy-Clean" and "Zud" you say "Oh, I can get that at the Dollar Store"..

No telling what industrial duty caustic agents they use at the "professional" cleaners..

Fair point. I'm going to ask.

meteuz 04-20-2012 10:53 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Many textile dying processes use acid baths to fix the dye. I believe the impact of even relatively strong acids is fairly low. Strong bases are a different story, so don't wash your fabrics with Drano!

Squidd 04-20-2012 10:56 AM

Re: Cleaning Sail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 861050)
Fair point. I'm going to ask.

Well then find out what they use to resize/restiffen the sails too..

That would be some usefull intel... http://www.heymow.com/Smileys/Pack1/ninja.gif


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