Mold or Mildew ... best way to clean?

Problems with your kayak? Tracking to one side over the other? Taking on water? Losing Air? Post your questions, suggestions and answers here regarding issues with the kayaks.

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Trinka
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Mold or Mildew ... best way to clean?

Post by Trinka » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:23 am

My first post - thankful to find such a helpful forum!

I have a Dragonfly, and love it. However, I live in a small condo, and have occasionally put it away without completely drying it. (a choice I'm now regretting.)

I have a bit of mold or mildew in a few spots on the outside skin.

What is the best way to clean this without damaging the material?

Thanks for your help - it is much appreciated.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:34 am

There are cleaners out there such as a boat cleaner by McNett. You can also use Simple Green or Liquid Soap.

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Post by PJohanson » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:44 pm

Cleaning off mildew or mold? No problem.
I use a wet facecloth with a drop of liquid soap. Rub gently. Rinse off the soap. When dry, you may want to apply a coat of 404 Protectant. I wrote about this on the forum a while ago.

You'll probably be able to tell the difference between mold and a stain when washing the kayak. Mine has a few small stains that won't come out: rust where I leaned it against an old bike, schmootz from an old dock made of tarred wood, etc. I have decided that these are not problems -- they are signs of use. There are perfect kayaks in museums, but mine is for using.

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