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04-20-2012 11:02 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Cleaning Sail

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

That would be some usefull intel... [img]http://www.heymow.com/Smileys/Pack1/ninja.gif [/img]
Email is off already. I think the idea of keeping them clean is to forstall the resizing problem (which I realize you know resizing ain't gonna happen). The less dirt in the fibers, the slower the breakdown.

Our vendor would apply Sailkote as a separate step. That has benefits, but fixing a blown out sail isn't one of them. I've yet to have them do it, but know some racers that love the stuff.

We sent our bimini and dodger to them as well this year and they really came back great. The heat and trapped moisture do a number on them and mildew in the seems and stiching are hard to battle. That was all gone.
04-20-2012 10:56 AM
Squidd
Re: Cleaning Sail

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
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...
04-20-2012 10:53 AM
meteuz
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!
04-20-2012 10:34 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Cleaning Sail

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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.
04-20-2012 10:13 AM
Squidd
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..
04-20-2012 08:21 AM
Minnewaska
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.
04-20-2012 02:55 AM
oysterman23 Hi Squid....What concentration of oxalic did you use and how long did you allow it to remain on the sail before rinsing?
04-20-2012 01:19 AM
CalebD
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.
04-20-2012 12:29 AM
SloopJonB
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.

Thanks.
04-19-2012 11:17 PM
Squidd
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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