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Old 04-13-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
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Getting rid of mold

Just pulled our 19H out of storage. It was stored underground, which was a bit humid. I did use damp-rid inside the camper during storage.

I did find several small areas of mold, some on the wood cabinets, a few spots on the dinette cushions (not embedded, easy to brush off), and at the top peak of the inside bunk end, right where the horizontal bar hold the tent tight.

I'm not too concerned about the hard surfaces, does anyone have a method to clean the bunk end without destroying it or compromising the waterproofing?
How about the cushions?

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Old 04-13-2015, 07:52 AM   #2
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Depending on the color or material an organic and highly effective method is Peroxide. It could however potentially lead to bleaching of color in fabric over time. If the material is white or light in color this is what I would use. Vinyl not an issue and you can proably, retreat the tent with waterproofing liquid just to be sure.

Bleach is also commoly used, but harsh on you and the surface.


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Old 04-14-2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by 3'senough View Post

Bleach is also commoly used, but harsh on you and the surface.
Not to mention the copper electrical parts that bleach will turn green over time when used in an enclosed area.

White vinegar in a spray bottle is very effective at killing mold. It is much less aggressive than either bleach or peroxide. After completely removing our canvas ends, we used Simple Green (or maybe Dawn dish soap?) to clean the canvas and under side. We then treated with Scotchgard because we read somewhere that it can help restore the waterproofing in the canvas. I don't know if Scotchgard helps waterproofing, but it is easy to apply, not too expensive, and made us feel better. The 2001 canvas doesn't leak so maybe...

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We had to do this on our first pop-up. This method will not remove bad mold stains, but it will permanently kill the mold in canvas.

A very small amount of bleach in a couple of gallons of water. Sponge it on, leave it sit a minute or two, follow with another sponge of just warm water. Repeat as needed.

Except for the zippered windows, the outside of the bunk ends are vinyl. There is no need to waterproof them. If you have to bleach the seams, then use seam sealer on them to restore the water proofing.
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