Inflation: Most manufacturers say to inflate the aft compartments first, because of the way the internal baffle seams (between compartments) overlap. If you inflate the bow to high pressure and the stern is deflated it will cause the air pressure to peel back the internal seams. Not sure if that's the case with Avon
... perhaps someone can chime in. Meanwhile don't inflate to hard pressure.
As for mildew -- a bleach solution of about 1 cup bleach to one gallon of water
, and a soft scrub brush will have it clean in no time without requiring a lot of effort. Rinse liberally to get the bleach off, especially flushing
with fresh water
in the cracks along the sides of the floor, etc. Wear gloves. Bleach is bad stuff and you don't want it to sit too long.
Follow up with 303 UV Protectant.