Mold & Funk On Gear

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  1. bourbon&bisquits

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    its been 3 weeks w/o the sun and nothing but fog and rain --- any tricks to clean up my gear/bags? (lysol and bleach not doing the trick)
     
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    Mildew might leave a stain that won't come out, but I believe it is killed by the methods you mentioned. Air out indoors and make sure it's well dry before storing. I've heard the mildew stain can be reactivated easier than non-stained areas on the same gear later on if it gets stored damp. If drying outdoors, take it in overnight otherwise you'll find it damp from morning dew reversing your drying from the previous day.
     
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    Soaking in white vinegar before wash should help some
     
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    +1 on the enzymes. It should help with the funky smell and maybe even get some of the stains out. It is also used on wet suits.

    Colloidal silver can be sprayed on and will also kill mold. It will be nicer to your equipment than bleach.
     
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    I have permanent stain spots on my kayak pfd from it developing mold when it was improperly stored one winter. I was able to clean the mold off, but the stains seem permanent. I should try those enzymes to see if it will help.
     
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    Tea tree oil diluted makes a great cleaner. It has natural properties that make it: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal.
     
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    I use oxyclean to get the stains out and concrobium mold control to ensure it does not come back.

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    What do you dilute it with?
     
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    I have used this on hard surfaces:
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    3 cups water
    1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
    mixed in a spray bottle.
    -Edited to add, I personally would not be afraid to use this mix on my own bags and such(nothing in it to mess up anything), I just have a huge bottle of the Dr. Bronners already which makes it easier.

    I also use Dr. Bronners liquid tea tree castile soap mixed/lathered with hot water on softer surfaces like fabrics and my body.
     
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    Thanks, I’ll give it a try.
     
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    Cleaning your moldy gear is one step, but you need to address the cause before you will eliminate the problem.

    Dank, moist areas need to be dried out.
    Peel back any carpet/pad and examine. Remove it if its wet or stained with mold. You may need to remove some drywall or paneling? Fix any exterior leaks that may be present. Clean the area and allow to dry.

    Try a dehumidifier to get rid of the moist air. Empty it often.
    Chemical treatments (Damp Rid) will also soak up excess moisture, which you then dump outside or down the drain.
    Adding ventilation or a fan will help, but be sure the mold is gone or you risk spreading the spores elsewhere in the home.
    Even putting a incandescent lightbulb in a closet can be helpful. The heat from the lightbulb (left on 24 hours a day) will reduce the moist air.
    An AC/Central air unit will also lower the humidity level.
    Clean your gear outside to prevent spreading the spores inside And then store your gear elsewhere until you remedy the cause.
     
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    thanks to all -- some new ideas
     

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