SUMMARY: Removing mildew from tents.
John Minter (minter@KODAK.COM)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 08:50:30 -0400
Yesterday I posted a request for help in dealing with a strong
mildew/mold odor on some tents that had been improperly stored.
As promised, here is a summary of the responses I received by
direct electronic mail.
The most helpful suggestion I received was to contact Eureka
(a manufacturer of nylon tents). The representative on their
customer support line (800) 572-8822 recommended only very
gentle treatment to not disturb waterproofing. They recommend
setting up the tent and rinsing with a solution of Dial liquid
soap (antibacterial hand soap) or Feld's Naptha soap. Then
rinse the tent gently with water (from the hose). DO NOT spray
hard and force water through the pores. Then they recommended
airing out the tent for a long time... To re-waterproof floors
or flys, Eureka recommends a Scotchguard spray.
Two respondents pointed out that sunlight naturally destroys mildew
and that prolonged airing in the sun will help remove odors.
All respondents were vehemently opposed to using Thompson's waterseal
on the tents because it fills the pores and hardens the nylon. Seems
I missed a lively debate that occured a while back...
Many thanks for all the great suggestions. Now to start the cleanup....
Yours, in scouting
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 48
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City