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How do I get old mildew stains off rain fly?
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“I have a tent with some old mildew stains on it. The stains are only on the inside of the fly and look like they have been there for a while. I bought this thing used and want to clean it up.
“Nope, but I want to hear answers--we took a tent last weekend with
the same problem. I guess we must have put it away damp sometime.”
“That will do it everytime.”
“Hand wash in a VERY weak bleach solution with a wash cloth. Hang dry and re-waterproof (I use the spray on type) and re-seam seal.
Been doing that to Troop gear for 20 years.”
I don't think that'll do much for the stains but it will keep it from spreading.”
“Yeah, I screwed up and never checked a Thermarest that was never unrolled and allowed to dry after getting wet.
I used the weak bleach solution, which has killed the mildew, apparently. BUT the stains/spots are THERE. oh well.... reminds me of what I need to do every time I see it!”
“Mildew stains are just like that really bad tattoo of a drunken hula dancer you got on your forearm that one night you went out drinking and got sh$*faced with your buddies: They're permanent.”
“are you sure theyre "mildew" stains, sparky? ~sly smirk~”
“Yeah, I've got one that a young boy who shall remain nameless (Sauron) forgot to dry after a trip last spring. I'm bitter. I wish I could get those stains off too and if I figure out a way to do it without destroying the nylon, I'll let you know.
I've been told to rub lemon on it and let it sit in the sun but I haven't tried that yet. I've also considered a strong solution of Oxyclean. Of course, I killed the mildew already so it'll have to be re-waterproofed whatever else I do to it.”
BigGulp has stains on his fly...”
“Tilex? I dont know what it would do to the nylon....”
“I would probably try warm soapy water and a stiff brush and then leave it out in the sun for a day before I tried chemicals.”
“Set up tent, spray paint stains. Try Desert camo pattern, that's popular this season.”
“binkley, Try some of that oxyclean stuff if you haven't already. It has taken out stains from stuff I had given up on. Even old, set stains. If it doesn't help it will not hurt any. It won't eat up the nylon. I know because I've done it before. It won't strip out color and/or weaken the fabric. Make a paste of it with warm water and apply it directly. Leave it on for awhile. Another option would be to make a paste of oxyclean powder with a bit of dawn dishliquid and a dab of water. let it sit. then wash it off. If it doesn't clear it completely it should at least make it less noticeable. That Oxyclean stuff can be added to just about anything to improve the cleaning power except for no mixing it with chlorine bleach. Good luck.”
“Thanks for the help. I have some of that stuff here. I will try it and let you know how it works.
“Binkley! Yesterday a little bird told me something nice about you!”
“Looks like the knock-off MANJUICE thread is gone. I was the last to post to it, sometime around 8:40-ish, for those who had bets. :-) LOL”
“Personally, I've never gotten mildew stains out of anything. In my home, mildew stains = trash material.
As for that other thread, I would never have posted on such a thread. *suddenly nose grows slightly longer*”
“Mildew hates bleach around the home, but don't suggest it for gear, it's likely to "melt."”
“I've use bleach on gear but it has to be a very weak solution. Otherwise yes, it'll ruin it.”
The North Face suggestions
“Have checked the The North Face sight in the past about mildew. Per their site:
"The fungus (mildew) actually penetrates the urethane coating of the tent fabric, and grows in between the tent fabric and the coating, eventually destroying the fabric. The damage is irreversible, but immediate action can retard further mildew growth and damage."
So if it truly has formed between the layers not sure whether it will come out or not...haven't tried this yet myself, but they suggest:
"cleaning it with a sponge and warm soapy water, then rinsing with a clean sponge. Next, sponge-wipe the tent with a solution of ½ cup Lysol and 1 gallon of hot water. Leave the solution on the fabric and allow it to dry. Then, mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice with 1 gallon of hot water. Rub the solution into the visible mildew and once again, allow it to dry.
This procedure will stop mildew growth and eliminate the odor, but it will not remove the stain...These measures are offered to help you prolong the life of your tent once mildew has set in."
More details are at their site....but thought this might offer some more information.”
“an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
now don't let yer crap mildew again, dingleberry”
“Yeah, that's what really cheeses me about this. That was a new tent, less than 6 months old and already it has mildew issues. I'm bitter. I wonder how long it'll be before the eurethane coating begins to flake off?”
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