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Cleaning Sail

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

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

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

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