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Old 12-05-2012, 08:00   #31
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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

FWIW, I clean with bleach, and then spray/wipe CONCROBIUM (available at Lowe's) on. Common knowledge has it that CONCROBIUM is a sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) suspension of some sort. I haven't investigated that, but I can say that CONCROBIUM is quite effective and I do live on the Humidity Coast, ha ha

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Old 12-05-2012, 20:48   #32
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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

Thanks too for the vinegar tips. If it kills the black menace I am sure it will even easier get rid of the white fuzzy stuff that can grow over it. Yuck, the thread is starting to remind me of a pair of damp leather workshoes I left on the boat way too long!
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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

So when you put the vinegar on, do you dilute it or put it on straight from the purchased jug?
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So when you put the vinegar on, do you dilute it or put it on straight from the purchased jug?
In addition to Landonshaws very sensible question, I would also like to ask are all vinegars the same? I normally reserve vinegar for chips, so need to ask do you use the white stuff or a dark malt vinegar?

What stops the boat smelling like a fish and chip shop afterwards?

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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

Distilled white vinegar is the stuff. I usually wash it first in a 1:1 mixture and once the mildew is cleaned off I hit it with the straight vinegar. It does in fact smell like a chip shop for a day or two but it goes away.
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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

distilled white is for cleaning and some asian food use..the others are foods....some will stain cloth
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Re: Mildew Smell on Bed Cushions

Mould and mildew have been the bane of my boating life until I recently discovered this:

Bleach only bleaches, it does not kill.

Oil of cloves kills mould and mildew. Dilute 1/4 teaspoon to 1 litre of water in a spray bottle for hard surfaces.

I have also sprayed soft furnishings (duvets, squabs etc) and successfully killed mildew and stopped it spreading.

For leather dilute 1/4 teaspoon of oil of cloves in 500 mils of baby oil - wipe on with old panty hose. Kills and cleans.

1 teaspoon of oil of cloves in a load of washing will remove musty mildew odours from fabrics/clothing.

Dilute 1 kg of uniodised household salt in 20 litres of water for soft furnishings, curtains etc. Soak the fabric and hang to dry without rinsing. Shake off salt and wash as normal.

I also use Fabreeze on Matressess etc for a nice freshen up.

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I use Lysol concentrate mixed slightly heavy, will kill mold & mildew, but will need to venilate the boat. Works for me.. Michael..
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Mould and mildew have been the bane of my boating life until I recently discovered this:

Bleach only bleaches, it does not kill.

Oil of cloves kills mould and mildew. Dilute 1/4 teaspoon to 1 litre of water in a spray bottle for hard surfaces.

I have also sprayed soft furnishings (duvets, squabs etc) and successfully killed mildew and stopped it spreading.

For leather dilute 1/4 teaspoon of oil of cloves in 500 mils of baby oil - wipe on with old panty hose. Kills and cleans.

1 teaspoon of oil of cloves in a load of washing will remove musty mildew odours from fabrics/clothing.

Dilute 1 kg of uniodised household salt in 20 litres of water for soft furnishings, curtains etc. Soak the fabric and hang to dry without rinsing. Shake off salt and wash as normal.

I also use Fabreeze on Matressess etc for a nice freshen up.

Cheers
Lisa
Oil of Cloves definitely the go.
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