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Old 05-10-2016, 13:44   #16
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

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Iodine is an effective biocide, but I do not know whether it should be used on a laminated main sail.

I do not know if there even are any professional sail washers in Oz. Are there? If so, that might be another source of info, as UNCIVILIIZED wrote. Or, even the original sailmaker, should have some notes about the construction and fabrics of the sail. Failing that, whoever's closest.

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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

if it is laminated, I think it is impossible to clean. We tried to get Bacon Sails (Annapolis) to learn our laminate reacher. ... they gave it back to me - not able to clean. We continue to use, I'm not happy with the look of the sail - the areas where sail was glued look bad, but I plan to use the sail until it breaks.
Dacron, however - can be cleaned. so when we replaced our jib - we went to Dacron, Looks great now, and when I need to have it cleaned, it will continue to look great.
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Old 05-10-2016, 15:31   #18
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

bradandnatalie, oz clean mould power spray can be bouht at any supermarket or www. ozclean .com made in australia kills the mould spore and keeps working / wet it in like waterproofing / stretch the sail into shape on the rig and sail until it is dry. if you have cold wet weather down there it'll take a bit loner but you will give it a good rinse / take care to get the mould out of the hull / mould contains bacteria that is a carcinogen / ventilate and scrub out the bilge storage area / suggest using a dehumidifier / mould off the sail would be second priority your health would be first / if mould spray isn't available wet down with sea water stretch into place on the rig and sail until it is dry / repeat until sail lokks clean or is worn out
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

That's easy, do more sailing. Mold doesn't grow in seawater.
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

I seem to have great success with Simple Green. No harsh chemicals in it and safe for the environment.
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"Wet n Forget" works and is recommended by sailmakers. Scrubbing is not necessary but the process takes several months to take affect. Spray it on and use the sail as usual. Be patient.
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

I've used Vacuwash in Sydney, they can remove mould and other stains from sails and awnings etc.

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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

Brad and Natalie, I understand your problem as I had the exact same one.
What I did though after searching for a way to get my sails cleaned, was to set up a business in Australia that used the Vacuwash process from the US. This process is very effective in removing mold from laminated and dacron sails.
Have a look at my website and feel free to give me a call anytime.
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

There is nothing you can do for a total solution.

You can at least stop the mould from getting worse. Wipe down both sides of the sail with white vinegar. Be especially generous along the areas of stitching allowing the vinegar to soak into the seams. The sail will not be completely clean but at least you will have stopped the stitched areas from getting worse.
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

Beware the chlorinated swimming pool idea - been there, done that. My Genoa was looking poorly but still very strong so I doused it for a couple of hours in the pool (FW, chlorinated) All the stitching (yes, all) fell out within a couple of weeks, necessitating re-stitching of the entire sail....
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

Well I've found this great cleaner at Dollar Tree it's called LA awesome cleaner concentrate i don't thing there's no bleach in it it just works great try that !
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

I'm not trying to sound negative, but even scrubbing can be overdone. Given that it's an abrasive process in & of itself. And that it's often done with the sail resting on a rough surface such as concrete. So that it's easy to vastly accelerate the wear on films if the sail's laminated. And with woven (Dacron) sails, to both the sailcloth, & the sail cloth's resin. Particularly as the resin does a lot to help stabilize the cloth's shape, & thus the sail's as well. In addition to protecting the sail from wear & tear.

This also holds true for the stitching on sails if/when scrubbed. So when you're cleaning it it's a good time to inspect the sail, & to note (as in log) any damage to it & it's stitching, along with the location of same. Especially so that you can keep tabs on the sail's health. And in case you wind up taking it to a loft for some TLC.
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Re: How to remove mould from mainsail

Recently used the team at Vacuwash in Sydney. Very helpful and full of years worth of advice.

Admittedly a Dacron Sail, but a sensational result,I am sure they would be more than happy to give you some advice.
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