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Old 02-17-2018, 06:03 PM   #1
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Mildew - Help

Last week while camping, I pulled out my Carefree patio mat. I immediately could smell the mildew and saw a few light colored spots on one edge. I have scrubbed it thoroughly with Dawn and a bristle brush. It's better, but not good. Bleach is supposed to kill mildew, but I hesitate to use it for fear it will weaken fabric or change the color (burgundy). Do you have any suggestions on how I can get rid of the mildew without damaging the patio mat? Thanks.
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Old 02-17-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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Try a bit of diluted Chlorox on a teeny-tiny out of the way spot...
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:12 PM   #3
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Vinegar. Then wash and sun dry.
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:20 PM   #5
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I have used Tilex mold and mildew bathroom cleaner and have not had any issues with fading or damage to material. I would try in an inconspicuous spot to verify. It has ~2.28% bleach by volume and kills mold and mildew very well (use it on boat vinyl and canvas). Clorox makes a product with a slightly lower bleach content ~1.89% i believe.
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:26 PM   #6
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Believe it or not, vinegar is your best bet. As was previously suggested, wash with vinegar, rinse and air dry. Obviously in the future NEVER put any thing away until fully dried.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Two others that I've picked up on the Internet are Borax and alcohol. Now, I'll start working my way through the suggestions until one works well. Again, many thanks.
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Just don't mix them all together.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:31 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Two others that I've picked up on the Internet are Borax and alcohol. Now, I'll start working my way through the suggestions until one works well. Again, many thanks.
Is the alcohol for you or the mat? Just curious
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Is the alcohol for you or the mat? Just curious
I'll drink to that!
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:57 PM   #11
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Is the alcohol for you or the mat? Just curious
For the poster me thinks...make a TALL Mi-Tie with ice, sit outside and contemplate the options....After the drink is consumed...Use Vinegar as suggested....then return to the bar and repeat the Mi-Tie process to celebrate the successful project...
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:41 PM   #12
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I was just talking with my sister recently about this very thing. She mentioned a facebook cleaning group she follows. Someone steered her to this product....specifically their "Control" product
Mold Control Spray - Concrobium

ever notice that when you "kill" mold with bleach, it'll come back? that's apparently because the water in the bleach will create a bloom, that follows the kill.

This product apparently works. I haven't personally used it but my research points to it being plausible. I plan to pick up some my next trip to lowes or a store that has it. I want to try it on the gutters and soffits of my house. If it works i plan on buying a few gallons.
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:17 AM   #13
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Good recommendation to have a tall, cool one while working on my patio mat--especially in Florida's 80+ degrees in February no less. blw2, thanks for the heads up on the Mold Control product; I'll check it out. I will probably get back to this mat cleaning project this weekend. I've had this mat for about 16 or 17 years and it still looks like new. Guess a seam was damp when I put it away last time. I'm usually so careful about such things, but obviously goofed on that one. Thanks again to everyone.
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Good luck!

Please let us know what does the trick!
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:36 PM   #15
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Good recommendation to have a tall, cool one while working on my patio mat--especially in Florida's 80+ degrees in February no less. blw2, thanks for the heads up on the Mold Control product; I'll check it out. I will probably get back to this mat cleaning project this weekend. I've had this mat for about 16 or 17 years and it still looks like new. Guess a seam was damp when I put it away last time. I'm usually so careful about such things, but obviously goofed on that one. Thanks again to everyone.
I should point out that the same company also sells a stain removal product. Again, no idea if it works.....
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