Re: SUMMARY: Removing mildew from tents.
Lisa A. Varner (lavarner@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 14:02:52 EDT
Sorry Cheryl, what I meant to say was... using this product may reduce
the flame retardant characteristics of some fabrics.
I looked while I was out this morning and here's what I found...
Super Dry Protector by Second Wind-ozone safe, may reduce retardancy
Camp Dry by KIWI-ozone safe, both w/wo silicone, may reduce retardancy
Silicone Water-Guard by Sno Seal-silicone,
Techtron by Blue Magic-ozone safe, no silicon, may reduce retardancy
Thundershield by Seam Grip-ozone safe, silicone, may reduce retardancy
Scotch-Gard can call 1-800-3MPROTECT, doesn't say for outdoor products
I have always used the ones with silicone, because they seem to last
longer and repel the best IMHO. Other products (without silicone) say
the silicone will attract dust and dirt but I've not found that to be a
Some make no mention if the flammability retardancy is maintained or not
with their product. It was my understanding that any of these products
may reduce the flammability retardancy some. Anyone know for sure?
There are also products available to just seal the seams, but I have
found these to be very time-consuming in application and when old, a real
pain to clean before reapplying. If you plan on dunking your tent in the
stream and don't want it to leak you may want to check into these, but I
don't feel they are necessary.
Technically, tents should be treated at least once a year, but this
varies greatly on what conditions it has been exposed to, how they were
stored and in what kind of temperatures, along with how much it was used.
When treating make sure you get every seam and both sides of flap on the
outside, such as the zipper flap. Don't spray the screens on your tents
either, as it may deterioate the material over time. I always give it 2
coats. Spray only the outside of your tent and you'll know it is ready
to put away, not when it looks dry, but when the fumes have subsided.
I have not done mine (nylon) before every summer, about every other, and
been fine, on nylon tents you can usually tell how wet the tent gets from
dew, when you need to reapply your waterproofing. Of course if you are
caught in a down pour and get wet, that also signifies it is time!
Any time your tent is totally saturated in a storm (not a sprinle) it is
a good idea to reapply before the next trip.
On these product many say not to be sprayed on plastics, or vinyl. Watch
what your zippers are made of!
Some are better for canvas and some better for nylon, make your own
judgement. They should be sprayed in a WELL ventilated area (like
outside!) These products are no good to inhale and are extrememly
flammable when being applied. Do not use in direct sunlight.
As far as tent bottoms, I would find out what material is on your tent
bottom before spraying them. My nylon tent has a bathtub bottom that is
slightly rubberized and I've never had to sprayed it. Until it leaks I
will keep the sprays off for fear of the sprays eating the rubberization.
Daniel, I hope this also answers you question, if not e-mail me.
Hope thios helps, can anyone add to this any more info?
Lisa Varner <<LAVarner@juno.com>>
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