The top 14 boat mold removal techniques

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It's no secret; mould grows pretty much anywhere that there's excess moisture and standing water. So not only can it grow in your home, if you have a boat it will most likely end up growing in your boat at some point too. Mould is pretty common to find on boats and if you own a boat chances are pretty high that you'll experience mould at some point. Not only does the mould make your boat look dirty and old it can also cause health problems and a really nasty odour as well. A few of the health concerns that can be brought on by exposure to mould are respiratory problems, allergies, headaches, fatigue and mental fogginess. In areas with high humidity, it's common for mould to grow and spread quite rapidly which is why it's so important to clean it up as soon as you notice the problem. Mould will continue to grow if given a chance to and if you don't properly remove it, it will take over your entire space. Sailing Britican shares some of their cleaning tips with us on what kills mould and how to remove it and keep it off of your boat for good.

First of all, you want to eliminate any leaks as soon as possible. So take a good look around your boat and make a list of all the leaks that need to be fixed and fix them as soon as possible. If and when any new leaks arise, be prepared to fix them as soon as they are discovered. Leaks that are left unchecked will allow water into the boat causing more and more water to enter in. Since mould thrives in areas where the air doesn't circulate well, make sure that your boat is properly ventilated. You can get a dehumidifier that will extract excess moisture out of the space which is especially needed when the boat is left unattended. You can also increase ventilation by bringing in some fans and installing electric vents to circulate the air within the boat. The air inside the boat should be replaced every hour. Fans can also work, but may not be enough. Keeping your boat clean is another way to prevent mould from infesting your boat. Be sure you clean up any dirty areas and keep things nice and dry the best you can.

If you come across some mould in your boat, you'll want to follow the cleaning tips from Sailing Britican and learn what kills mould so you can remove it effectively. They say to use store-bought cleaners that are specific for mould removal and use them as directed on the packaging. For a natural cleaning tip, you can use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar on mould. Mix one part of hydrogen peroxide with three parts of water and put it in a spray bottle to spray the area covered in mould. This acts like bleach without all of the bleaching and chemical effects. You can also use three parts white vinegar mixed with two parts water. If the mould is really bad, then you can use plain vinegar. Spray the mould with vinegar and allow it to sit for a while to kill the spores. Then scrub away with a cloth and spray again and then dry with a clean cloth. Baking soda is another all natural cleaning solution you can use in a mixture with water to spray on the mould. Baking soda dries the area as well which makes it hard for mould to grow. With a lot of patience and persistence, you'll be able to get rid of mould on your boat and keep it away.***

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