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Re: Mildew

I've found stuff called "Safe T Air" ...has tea tree oil in it and is cheaper than Canberra ... Canberra seems to be a bit more concentrated though.
Based on chef2sail's recommendation, we put 2 containers on Canberra Gel in the boat this winter. We launched last week and stayed overnight Saturday and Sunday. The Admiral was amazed that the "boat-smell" was gone. And she's a hard sell when it comes to boat smell. We'll be buying more when this batch is gone.
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Re: Mildew

Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
I like to think that as a tester and a chemist I'm open minded. In fact, I have some side-by-side tests running now for Practical Sailor.

* Vingar. Yes, I have a spray bottle on-board and it's usful stuff. You can read lots on-line. On a personal note I hate the smell of vingar and all perfumy products as well. I prefer no odor. But that said, vingar is an excelent weak acid cleaner that folks are comfortable with.
* Other traditional remidies include washing soda, baking soda, TSP, and borax; use these diluted in formulations I have listed in the attached link. Like vingar, they are rely on leaving a residue that prevents future growth in part by modifying the pH of the surface. There are other mechanisims too. Some of these apear to be very long lasting, as there is nothing to evaporate (acetic acid will dry in time).
Sail Delmarva: Borax: Stopping Mildew and Rot on the Cheap... and How the EPA Can Make Everything Complicated
The trick with vingar and these formulation is to dilute properly (more is NOT better) and leave a residue.
* There are many quatrenary amine products on the market. Most work, are relativly non-toxic, but don't seem to prevent return very well.
* We're testing some water-proof formulations for use on-deck. Gold Shied is one that I would love to hear feedback on.
* Surprisingly, most have learned that bleach is not too useful. It kills (if enough is used to bleach and damage fabrics) but doesn't prevent return (active ingredient quickly disipates). More irritating than actually "toxic" in the long-term sense, I still have little use for it inside. May help remove stains after the other cleaners have done their work. May not.
PDQ< great tip on the borax mixture. I'm using it to clean my interior teak prior to sealer. Some mold in spots, gone. Some splotchy teak oil spots, gone. This works better than any teak cleaner I've ever used and seems less toxic. I do put it on scrub with a brush or green 3M pad and wipe off with a fresh water sponge. clean as a whistle.
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Re: Mildew

Molds are part of the natural environment. It may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. It is the #1 cause of allergy symptoms which could lead to serious health concerns; respiratory illnesses or even death. Proper inspection, testing and removal are essential to ensure a healthier, happier existence for you and your family.

A mold inspection is when a person looks for mold growth in a building. It is important to have inspection in your home to protect you and your family from the toxic diseases it will give. It is the most important first step in identifying a possible microbial contamination problem. After that you might feel mold testing is warranted if you couldn't find any mold.
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