Sunny and breezy day and have you made plans to set your sail off and enjoy some refreshing air? But, is that mold growth you see on your boat? That’s not healthy, no! Every boat has mold. You cannot avoid them from growing. But the good news is, you can take measures to prevent them from forming at all. If your boat is in a bad shape because of incessant mold growth, you must consider hiring a mold removal company to restore the health of your boat.
Or, you can also use one of the five boat mild removal techniques listed below.
Mold Trivia: Mold is a fungus that takes form in all sorts of color and sizes, ranging from yellow flurry, brown, white, to black circular. Mold is the result of moisture and warmth-loving micro-organisms breeding on your boats. Mold not only smell terrible but they can also cause several health issues, including respiratory problems, asthma, allergic reactions, mental illness, fatigue, and joint pain and inflammation.
Boat Mold Removal Techniques
Mold grows on dirty, warm and moist surfaces and can survive for years. Do weekly spot checks in and around your boat, including areas like portlights, hatches, loose stanchions, deck stepped masts, water leaking through deck cores, leak spots, clogged cockpit scuppers, shelves, closets, hatch roller blinds, inside ventilation systems, behind curtains and sheets. Clean dirt as and when you see and wash salt water immediately from canvas, soft furnishings, and upholstery. Make sure you ventilate the area as often as you can. Before folding an item, make sure it is not damp. Fix leaks instantly and try to keep everything scanty and dry.
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Three parts of water and one part of hydrogen peroxide is the perfect combination you need to get rid of mold. Apply the solution generously on the surface using a spray bottle or damp cloth and let it soak for 10 minutes. Then, clean the area with soapy water and a fine brush. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide on delicate materials.
Vinegar is an effervescent and multi-purpose cleaner. To clean mold growth, use two parts of water and three parts of vinegar. Pour the solution on the mold/mildew and cover the surface with a sponge. The acid will kill the mold in half an hour. Wash the surface with warm water. For massive mold growth, use undiluted vinegar.
Baking Soda Mixture
Baking soda is not only anti-moisture but an anti-fungal too. Pour baking soda in a spray bottle, add water and shake until the contents dissolve. Spray the mold-growing surface with the solution and gently scrub off the fungus. Once it is done, rinse the surface. And as a precaution, lightly spray the solution on the surface and allow it dry naturally.
- Use specialty canvas mold cleaner or equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol to remove mold from canvas items. Use borax solution for larger items.
- For wooden surfaces, use vinegar and water mixture. Make sure you spray adequately to prevent further growth. Also, to add life back into the wood and enhance its appearance apply wood polish
If you use any other interesting and inexpensive technique, do mention them in the comments below.