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Remediation of Mold on Boats
By: Matthew Yurina, Sr. Mold Remediation Specialist
CONTAIN- the mold from spreading into uncontaminated areas;
KILL- the mold;
REMOVE- the dead mold and materials used for remediation; and
PROTECT- the cleaned out area against future mold infestations.
Boats are arguably the most susceptible things in the world for mold growth for one simple reason: They spend time in water and in humid conditions. All boats suffer humidity and spray from lakes or ocean water. Any organic or cellulose based surface (wood, upholstery, sheetrock, etc.) that remains damp for more than 24-48 hours is potential mold and mildew growth. Left untreated, can cause up to a total loss of a boat.
(Be sure to
read our Basics of Mold Remediation page. It will go into detail about the major
steps that should be taken in all mold contamination situations.)
Canvas with mold growth can be attempted to be cleaned with oxygenated bleaches and or by steam cleaning. It may not be possible to remove some mold and mildew stains without destroying the canvas. Once the canvas has been cleaned it can be treated with Oxy-Mold MX-500 to kill the mold and mildew growth. Treat two times over a 24-48 hour period.
Canvas can be treated with a fungicidal sealant that can prevent future mildew and mold growth. Always test a small area for color steadfastness before completely using the product. The Anti-Growth sealant can provide up to five years of strong protection against future mold growth, and is going to be the best way to prevent mold from growing again.
metal, fiberglass, etc. surfaces, youíll need to apply the fungicide with a pump
sprayer or fogger. A fogger is recommended if the air inside is
contaminated with mold spores. You may want to consider a fungicidal sealant
like Anti-Growth to prevent future mold growth on things like canvas or
fiber glass that say wet for long periods of time.
After the mold remediation is completed, mold test (clearance testing) all of the remediated surfaces plus the air of each room in the basement, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register to find out if those areas are now mold safe prior to rebuilding the cleaned out areas with new building materials.
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