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Old 03-02-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy Uh oh, found mold on canvas

Finally made it out to inspect the Roo yesterday. Needed to clean up some stuff, move things around. One of the things I had to do was to put the mattress back on my tent end (I use an air mattress). When I opened up that end I found some mold starting on the canvas! I made some stronger than normal bleach water, got the sponge and went to work wiping everything down. I left that end open last night (no rain) so I could do it again today, and more than likely will again tomorrow.

That is the first thing that I've ever seen going wrong in the Roo.

See photos.. left corner and right corner seems to be where the most is concentrated. But there is some all the way across. Other than wiping it down with bleach and letting it completely dry is there anything else that you suggest that I do?





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Old 03-02-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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You might also try to asses why it got moldy in the first place. Did it get put away wet? Is there a leak? Once you get past this problem, it would be nice not to face it again.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:47 AM   #3
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That sucks, never a good way to start off a season.

I'm so jealous of the east coast warm up!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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Bleach works for mildew but not so much for mold. There is a thread here regards to black mold and they recommend white vinegar. I would try that.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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Bleach works for mildew but not so much for mold. There is a thread here regards to black mold and they recommend white vinegar. I would try that.


Gotcha! If most of you will remember, back when we closed up for the winter I wasn't the one that did it. It has never stayed this closed up since we have had it.

NOTE TO SELF - From now on no matter what is broken MAKE sure things are done the right way!
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
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what i noticed is that it's on the inside of the canvas, not the outside.
usually, bunk leaks land on the top of the canvas.

any idea how the canvas inside got damp?
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:30 PM   #7
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The only thing I can figure is that when hubby put closed up for the winter he hadn't really let it dry good. Remember we did have it set up from Oct. 30 till Dec. 10. I'm thinking that there was some dampness at that end of my bed. Don't know, for sure but that is where it looks like it was. I didn't get to sleep on it from Nov. 27 on. Will keep an eye on it from now on, for sure. Need to let down the back bunk end to check it. I'm sure if one end has it the other has too. Grrrr
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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When we had our Shamrock and the canvas got mold or mildew I use to open up the tent ends and I would leave the canvas loose on the bottom and remove remove the mattress and any cushions that may get affected while cleaning the canvas (mild bleach solution or vinegar, but not both at the same time). I would lower the end I was cleaning and put a plastic sheet over the bunk end so that any cleaner or water would run out. I them would spritz the canvas with the cleaning solution (bleach or vinegar, not both) and the stains would vanish. Then you would have to rinse thoroughly. I used a hose with a nozzle and CAREFULLY rinsed the canvas and let DRY before closing the bunk ends. The cleaning was best done on a warm sunny day. Good luck! One more thing, my canvas interior was white so the bleach did not affect the fabric.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:46 AM   #9
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Mild bleach solution is working wonders. Warm and dry here... wiping down canvas (both ends!) leaving out to dry completely. Looks like things are going to be under control.

Never did use the vinegar.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:37 AM   #10
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In the future, I would also recommend using a moisture absorber like Dri-Z-Air. It is a kit that comes with a container that you put a refill of calcium pellets in and they absorb the excess moisture out of the air. The excess moisture then collects in the bottom of the container. We used one year round in our new trailer we bought this past year and I was amazed how much water it collected. When I put it away in storage, I actually put a second one in the trailer for the winter. You can but them at any RV dealer or places like Walmart that sell RV supplies.
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