@green gorilla - Please, I'd be very interested in knowing about mildew/mould effective cleaning substances! I've been told that oil of thyme, and oil of oregano, just a few drops in a bucket of water will work well, but have not used it yet.
I'm very interested in your suggestions!
If you can't/don't want to post names (shouldn't be an issue anyway - you're not advertising, merely informing us) send me a PM.
07-02-2011 11:47 AM
Mold and Bleach
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use bleach on a sail. Both EPA and OSHA have issued letters stating what has been know in the remediation business for years, bleach does not kill mold. You can clean as much mold off a surface with a dirty diaper as you can with bleach. Let alone the damage the hazardous chemicals do to the people and the fabrics and the stitching in the sails.
As a matter of fact, the stabilizers left behind when the bleach evaporates acts like miricle grow to the mold spores left behind. That is why the mold comes back in larger quantities and faster after a cleaning.
Try cleaning a high end synthetic sail fabric with diluted bleach and see how you make out.
I have been in the mold remediation business for years and there are products that will kill all the mold in sails and not harm the fabrics.
Hit me back and I will send you the websites to look up the info.
11-25-2010 08:42 AM
Yes, I did that with my pretty worn looking main and mizzen. They did a great job, and the sails were not only clean, but sailed much better with the stiffer fabric.
11-23-2010 10:04 PM
Does anyone have experience with Sailcare out of Ford City, PA? I am looking at sending my sails in for cleaning and re-resining in a process that they offer. It sounds good and there are indications that a lot of folks are happy. Our sails are older and may not be up to grade for the re-resining to work but am hoping they are as good as they sound.
I would love to get good feedback on the cleaning and re-resining.
Offshore 33 Cat Ketch
Virginia Beach, VA
10-11-2010 03:57 PM
Ah ok, thanks for clearing that up. A bit the same as with airing/cleaning your small tent after a camp-trip, though a lot bigger in most cases.
I didn't get the pictures to work for me, but from your description 'I got the picture' ;-) ThnX for your time.
10-08-2010 08:30 AM
It is hard (time consuming) to dry sails on a smooth surface. We here in Michigan have even a harder time because when there is sun (which is not that often) we like to sail. The only advantage here is that we have no salt water.
As for drying I feel drying the sail put up on the mast with minimal wind while slipped/mored is still the best way, better than on the ground. Unless you have a 20 feet or so mast and you can hang your sails in a garage, not all of use have the "clean" area real eastate to lay-out our sails.
Thanks for sharing this Dan. Just curious though (I'm just starting out) if you clean your (rather large) sails, do you hose them down and let them dry while still on the boat (somewhere safe obviously and not when moored in port). Or is it better to take the sails to shore and hose them down there and have them dry there as well, for example in a large shed? Thanks again.
10-04-2008 11:15 PM
In Mast furling sail maintenance
Dan, any tips and tricks on maintenance of in mast furling systems. We are are expecting delivery of our first boat this month and are located on the Gulf of Mexico. From the beginning, we would like to get in the habit of protecting our sails. We would appreciate suggestions on how to keep sand and salt to a minimum on the sails while furled (is there such a thing as minimizing salt/sand on the gulf?!!)
09-26-2007 11:44 PM
thanks for all this information. i can imagine mildew must be a huge problem
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