Re: SUMMARY: Removing mildew from tents.
Lisa A. Varner (lavarner@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 16:30:35 EDT
On Thu, 01 Aug 1996 14:37:57 -0400 "Ron E. Goble"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote to me and said:
>I saw your post on Scouts-L about using this product to waterproof
>tents. Several of the fathers in our troop said for me not to use this
>product as it makes the tents flammable. As I am relatively new to
>Scouting, (Assistant Webelos Leader last year, this year Cubmaster) I am
>not sure about this. Do you have anything to contradict what they are
>saying about Camp-Dry? I just want to be safe.
I had never heard this claim. Naturally you had my curiosity up, I have
used this product for years, and hadn't noticed this before. They have
just recently changed the can label. My can just being used up and
thrown away I could not check for myself. Knowing flammability can be a
problem with any aerosols while spraying, I wanted to know if this also
applied after the product had dried.
I called a reputable camping store and asked what it specifically said on
the label and it indeed says, If used on nylons this product may reduce
the flammability. (My tent being so many years old now it probably
wouldn't make much difference at this point.)
Next I wondered about Scotch-Gard...had a can in the house and went to
look. There is nothing on the can to indicate how it would affect
flammability, but "Scotch-gard protector for fabric" is meant for
clothing and fabric items IN the home. Possibly this precludes them from
having to post a warning label about flammability. I don't know but
something tells me there was a Scotch-Gard product out MEANT for outdoor
items. I would read the cans very carefully and use your best judgement.
I'm glad you pointed that out, but don't know if there is any product
meant for that purpose that doesn't have that warning that it MAY reduce
flammability on nylons. Perhaps someone on the list has a clue.
Lisa Varner <<LAVarner@juno.com>>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!!
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