As all boaties know, keeping mould and mildew at bay is a constant battle and whenever one goes into a battle it helps to know the enemy.
Since it’s impossible to keep mould and mildew spores out, we have to control interior conditions so the little critters can’t populate at all! Mould not only damages boats - it can also be a health hazard. Many studies show that exposure to mould and mildew are linked to a variety of health problems, especially those relating to respiratory systems.
If a mould spore comes in contact with a moist object, it will stick, and if the object remains moist for 24 hours, the spore will begin to grow. Generally, by the time you detect the musty smell of mould and mildew, it has taken a good hold of its surface.
As mould grows, it digests and damages whatever it grows on - and if it multiplies on carpet or upholstery, those items almost always have to be ditched. A similar fate awaits ceiling tiles and headliners. If mould/mildew takes hold on cloth, leather or vinyl it can destroy them quickly. Mould loves the cotton thread used in stitching on cushions and so the destruction can be quick and ruthless. If the cushion inners are exposed to the mould they will need to be discarded.
Mould Requires Only Two Opportunities to Grow.
from water leaks in the boat OR water vapour which eventually condenses into a visible liquid which we measure as humidity. 60%+ humidity is a very welcoming environment for mould to grow.
- Keep the water vapour under control by making sure your boat is properly ventilated.
- Stop any leaks and control the humidity, or mould will start to grow again after your clean-up. You need a measuring system or hygrometer to tell if your ventilating is doing the job.
Ensure that any food prep areas are meticulously cleaned as they are not impervious to mould growth. Otherwise, you will create a veritable smorgasbord for any mould. It is your food that the mould feeds on. Mould spores are so incredibly small and the food they need is very microscopic in size. In the worst case scenario - if mould gets a hold on high gloss melamine laminate, the enzymes dull the finish and the original finish cannot be restored. The surface will have to be refinished with a special paint.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking that by wiping the benches with a normal kitchen cloth you will have a truly clean surface. This is just not true.
- Check that breadcrumbs for example, don’t fall between the grooves or you will be guilty of feeding a mould colony for months.
Cleaning Up the Interior of the Boat
Mould and mildew are stubborn and to kill these organisms totally is not a difficult job and our Wet & Forget Indoor is the best solution for your problems:
Because mould/mildew can grow and reproduce without light, it means they can grow in dark corners of drawers, under bunks, in the back of cupboards and other areas that never see the light of day.
Therefore, the first step in cleaning up mould/mildew is to discover exactly where it is growing. We recommend that the surface be sprayed with Wet & Forget Indoor.
Spray the Wet & Forget Indoor directly onto the mould or mildew. Once the mould or mildew is loosened, wipe it away to clean the area thoroughly.
+ Wet & Forget Indoor Mould & Mildew Remover can be used as a preventative measure by spraying hard surfaces and backs of curtains that are prone to the growth of mould and mildew.
+ Wet & Forget Indoor Mould & Mildew Remover is multipurpose in its action as it kills mould and mildew as well. This means no scrubbing or rinsing surfaces prone to mould & mildew.
+ Wet & Forget Indoor Mould & Mildew Remover eliminates musty smells associated with mould & mildew.
+ Wet & Forget Indoor Mould & Mildew Remover kills: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens.
Cleaning Up the Exterior of the Boat
Sails / Decking / Biminies / Dinghies
How to Clean Boat Exteriors Using 'Rapid Application'
- Attach your hose, turn to ON and off you go!
- No mixing! No measuring! No mess!
- Choose a cool, dry day to apply it.
- Saturate the DRY surface you are cleaning with the Rapid Application.
NO rain for the first 5 hours - Then, just watch it come cleaner - bit by bit
How to Clean Boat Exteriors Using Wet & Forget
- Mix it up 1 to 5 in your garden sprayer. Choose a cool, dry day to apply it.
- Saturate the DRY surface you are cleaning with the Wet & Forget.
- NO rain for the first 5 hours - Then, just watch it come cleaner - bit by bit.
- Only one application! (except in extreme cases of heavy contamination)
- You can use it safely on ANY exterior surface because there is NO BLEACH in our product.
- NO BLEACH means an unlimited shelf life.