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Old 09-28-2004, 07:45 AM   #1
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Default Mold and Mildew stain remover

Hi All

I need to call upon the forums vast knowledge and years of experience in boating to help me out. I sadly let me boat seats get Mold and Mildew stains on them and now I can't get the stains out with ordinary cleaners. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with a cleaner and wouldn't mind sharing that info with me.

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Old 09-28-2004, 07:54 AM   #2
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I've used Greased Lightning Marine Formula for several years. It's taken out every stain imaginable. Give it a try.
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:11 AM   #3
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Try a 50/50 mix of bleach and warm water, works great. Be carefull of spilling on the carpet for obvious reasons. Let us know how it works.
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Old 09-28-2004, 10:39 AM   #4
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Bleach will work. I used the bleach they make in a spray bottle and sell as a kitchen cleaner. Spray on and let sit for a few minutes then wipe off. Best to hose off away from the lake though.
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:36 PM   #5
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I've used Greased Lightning Marine Formula for several years. It's taken out every stain imaginable. Give it a try.
Did it get the tequila stains off the bar at the Tiki Hut? SS
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:56 PM   #6
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Simple Green is also pretty effective.
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:03 PM   #7
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Ammonia and water are good for killing the mold. I'd be worried to use clorox on a color seat - but say it's ok on white.
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:07 PM   #8
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I use clorox on white, blue, and maroon, no problems with good old clorox and warm water having an affect on the colors.
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Old 09-28-2004, 06:13 PM   #9
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If it won't come cleen with Castrol super cleen it won't come cleen.
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:19 AM   #10
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Just an FYI. I was assuming the seats are vinal. I have not had a problem with clorox changing color s on vinal.
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Old 09-29-2004, 11:05 AM   #11
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Starbrite mildew stain remover is the best. Works in an instant. Most marine stores carry it, West Marine for sure.
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Old 09-30-2004, 01:25 PM   #12
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Did it get the tequila stains off the bar at the Tiki Hut? SS
Yes sir... even removed the Jagermeister stains!
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Old 09-30-2004, 02:50 PM   #13
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Default Black Streak Cleaner

I have used "black streak cleaner" for RV's. I cleaned boats for a marina out in Western MA for years. The owner of the marina used it to clean everything. It will take stains out of vinyl seats, carpets, fiberglass. The stuff works really well. Spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes and then soak the seats with soapy warm water and scrub lightly with a scrub brush. Spray the seat off with a hose and you'll be amazed. Obviously this is something to be done once the boat has been taken out for the season or before it goes in for the season. It will also work on the fiberglass sides to get rid of the water line mark, and any black streaks coming out from under the snaps, or vent holes. If you call and RV dealer they may have the stuff, there are many brands, but they all work pretty similar. According to the bottle it is also biodegradeable. Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2004, 07:42 PM   #14
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Default Don't Use A Bleach-based Product!!!

Be CAREFUL using any bleached-based products cleaning marine upholstery! It's not so much the color of the vinyl being effected, the problem is the bleach deteriorates the stitching of the seats! I learned the hard way. Bleach PLUS the sunlight kills the threads! There are products formulated specifically for marine use...some sort of UV protection. WORTH THE INVESTMENT!!!
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Old 10-29-2004, 09:00 PM   #15
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I have had great success using Meguire's Mirror Glaze "One Step" cleaner/wax (#50 I believe) on marine vinyl. It removes pen, crayon, mold etc., etc..... Once you have taken the stains out, apply a protectant such as 303 aerospace protectant (both products are available at Sports and Marine Parafunalia or West Marine). I swear by both of these products. Good luck.
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Old 10-31-2004, 09:31 AM   #16
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I have used Starbrite mildew cleaner with great success. Also I highly recommend using a product by Starbrite called "NO DAMP Dehumidifier" system. This product pulls the moister out of the air. I use it during the boating season when I cover the boat weekly and also I put a few of these in prior to being wrapped for the season for storage. Keep the moisture out which causes the problem to begin with.
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Old 11-05-2004, 06:50 PM   #17
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Try using a mild solution of TSP (trisodiumphosphate), it can be found at most home depots. Start weak and work your way up.
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:33 PM   #18
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Exclamation mold and mildew remover.

Bleach and ammonia are hard on vinyl. Ask any marine upholsterer.
I use the color-safe 'bleach' found at the supermarkets. It is hydrogen peroxide. It removes the stains and helps keep the mold and mildew from coming back.
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Old 11-07-2004, 10:53 AM   #19
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Default Getting rid of Mildew/Mold

I use Tilex Mildew remover (any grocery store). I've used it on our vinyl cushions and also the boat covers. We used to have a Bayliner many years ago that had vinyl instead of canvas for the covers/Bimini. In the spring everything that was stored in the boat had black spots, and Tilex is great. I've also used it to clean the patio umbrella. Does a great job.
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Old 11-07-2004, 11:33 AM   #20
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Be careful using Tilex Mildew it works well but be sure you completely rinse it off or you can rot any metal including stainless.
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I've uesed Starbright with the help of a scrub brush. Has worked great on everything I've encountered so far with the exception of what looked like a cigarette stain. Have not had luck with anything on that one.
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Old 11-10-2004, 06:41 PM   #22
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Mr Clean Magic Sponges i have seen work the best and they don't harm the seats or anything on the boat!!
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Old 11-15-2004, 01:36 AM   #23
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[QUOTE=BroadHopper]Bleach and ammonia are hard on vinyl. Ask any marine upholsterer.

Bleach and Ammonia do not make a good mix!!
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