How To Remove That Nasty Mold - 04/22/2009

One of the unpleasant discoveries made when commissioning time arrives is the abundance of mold and mildew that has grown on cushions, bulkheads, fabrics and in dark, hard to reach places in your boat. Mold can be a health hazard and it will certainly spread if it isn’t removed. Once the mold and mildew are properly removed, then you have to take steps to keep it from coming back. For more information about mold and how to get rid of it--

Moldaway by Yacht Brite is a quick and safe way to get rid of mold and keep it away.


Mold thrives in a damp environment and that is why it can be such a problem on boats. Once mold spores start growing they can make their way into fabrics, vinyl and even hard surfaces. Allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints can all be caused by mold.

We recommend Moldaway to solve your mold problem. It is a powdered oxygenated, organic cleaner that is safe to use yet gets the job done easily. Not only does it get rid of mold and stains caused by mold, but it also removes mildew and algae. Once you have used it to clean up your boat at commissioning time, keep it on your boat to clean up blood, food, and drinks during your boating season.

It contains no bleach or chlorine products and is safe on most colors and fabrics. We always recommend that you test any cleaner on a bit of hidden fabric before applying it generally.

Moldaway comes in 12 oz. jars for $12.98. West Marine and other large marine supply stores carry it, or you can order directly from the manufacturer…

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The solution to keeping mold and mildew from returning is to keep your boat dry. Mold and mildew like moist, warm environments. If you have a large boat at a marina, then run your air conditioner when you are not using the boat. The air conditioner will dehumidify the boat and keep it cool at the same time and will prevent the return of mold and mildew.

If your boat does not have an air conditioner, then you must provide for ventilation to keep air circulating and stop any leaks or drips.