canvas treatment for mould

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:51
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Hi all have a Kanga Slide on camper & live in FNQ. Sadly in storage it keeps growing mould, does anyone treat their canvas with anything special for us humidity lovers..cheers
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Reply By: Smudger - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:46

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:46
Maybe leave the tent up and cover it with a tarp, so the air can circulate.

Or, move south?
Not such a bad solution, good thing about living down here is, you get to go to FNQ for holdays.
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Reply By: Nifty1 - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:58

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:58
We used to have a mould problem in a boat - not on canvas though. Bleach would clean it off but it always came back.

Someone suggested that oil of cloves will kill mould. Oil of cloves seems incredibly expensive at $10 for a tiny bottle (about as big as your thumb) but you add only 10 drops to one liter of water in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray the surface. Smells OK too. We haven't had a problem since but then again, we don't get a lot of wet weather here (Gippsland Lakes). I'll probably have enough left to leave it in my will. Maybe try a bit on your worst area and see how it goes. Lots of people want an anti-mould solution that works...
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Follow Up By: Towie - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 09:22

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 09:22
thanks will look into
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:54

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:54
G'day there Towie & Megs, do an Archive search for thread # 54080 & you will find lots of good info on Canvas care etc. I'm not sure if it answers your problem, but well worth lookin up. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Towie - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 09:23

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 09:23
Great help thanks for the tip and your time...have a good easter
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Reply By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:38

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:38
Someone in a recent thread suggested vinegar..I used it and scrubbed the canvas, then hosed off, and it certainly got rid of all the stains including mould...will have to wait and see for long term effect. Certainly cheap enough at $1.20 for 2 ltrs. Canvas canopy is now like new.
Fred.
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Follow Up By: Towie - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:09

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:09
Thanks Fred will get onto it
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Reply By: obee - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:48

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:48
copper sulphate. I use it in the pool for agea its supposed to work on brick pavers too. I never tried it on canvas. Mould leaves its dried version which will spring up again when its gets wet so best kill it with something. I would ask a tent/canvas worker for advice.


Owen
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Reply By: Towie - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:11

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 09:11
HAVE TO SAY HOW GOOD IS ALL THIS INFO & INTERACTION FORTHE MEMBERSHIP WE PAY.
SIMPLE, IF YOU DONT KNOW THEN ASK ALL THE MEMBERS.......THANKS FOR THE ADVICE......NOW I JUST HAVE TO FIX IT SO WE CAN GO TO CAPE YORK
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 06:51

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 06:51
FNQ, high temp and hi humidity, make it "mould heaven".

I am no expert here, but I do believe that any treating chemical may irreversibly damager the canvas.

So be real selective, and do your homework.

If you can get it finally dry and mould free, then you may want to consider using a waterproofing agent to seal the canvas.

I have used horse blanket sealer, on my swag, and it works a treat.
Can get it from most Feed Barn type stores.
Still have to dry it, then it stays dry.

This is only a suggestion.

Good luck
Bucky
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