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Rogerh 02-03-2016 11:17 AM

cleaning seats
Working on cleaning flybridge seats up. Have tried many commercial products to clean the vinyl seats with limited success. Seats have the usual mold stains on them. What do you find works best for this.

Capecodder 02-03-2016 11:23 AM

Watered down bleach

No Mast 02-03-2016 11:24 AM

for mold --> bleach

also try soft scrub with bleach, that might work if the mold isn't too bad.

omc 02-03-2016 01:39 PM

Bleach is what I'm using as well and it works fine. Then let's dry under sun.

mbevins 02-03-2016 03:30 PM


Originally Posted by omc (Post 410959)
Bleach is what I'm using as well and it works fine. Then let's dry under sun.

I'd be concerned about the bleach destroying the finish on the vinyl. Once it's gone the UV will eat it up in no time. Am I wrong?

omc 02-03-2016 03:43 PM

There is a lot of chlorine in vinyl what is polyvinylchloride (PVC).
Anyway I'm always using mild bleach solution, not pure bleach.

rwidman 02-03-2016 04:30 PM

I had some seats that wouldn't come clean. After a couple tries of Marine Spray Nine, I forgot to wipe them. I came back a week later and they were white as snow.

That said, vinyl upholstery (as opposed to solid plastic) can discolor from within and only paint can deal with this. An auto paint store will have paint made for vinyl upholstery.

alormaria 02-03-2016 05:14 PM

TSP kills mold.

MaryKate "On and Off" removes stains from everything.

kchace 02-03-2016 05:18 PM

I had mold on my seat cushions and nothing touched it(and I tried a number of different things), till I tried straight bleach. I wiped it on and left it wet. Came back later and the cushions look better than they have in a long time.


River Rat 02-03-2016 05:48 PM

Try those white 'magic sponges'.

Old deckhand 02-03-2016 08:50 PM

White wall tire cleaner, let soak for 10 minutes. Now you know that I am old.

Dougcole 02-03-2016 10:23 PM

I live in the worst place in the entire continent for mold/mildew. Bleach is your friend. Start off with a mild solution and strengthen as needed. It may reduce the life of the fabric, but then, so does the mildew.

JDCAVE 02-04-2016 10:57 AM

Some of the organic stains are very difficult to remove from vinyl. I have vinyl sundecks at my house and if a leaf is left to sit on the deck, the tannins leave a stain behind. Acetone is the only product that I have found that is capable of,removing the toughest stains.

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Bacchus 02-04-2016 12:01 PM

I don't mean to start another "a" thread / argument - but my $0.02...

Bleach is not the mold "cure all" many believe it to be.
Seems to work fairly well on NON-POROUS surfaces but on porous surfaces (e.g. canvas) mold will likely return.

Lots of links out there... here's on that comes up when you search whether bleach kills mold. Mold Removal and How to Kill Mold

Lot's of alternatives that work as well or better depending on the surface being treated. One of my favorites for mold & stains (especially red wine) is hydrogen peroxide - very useful on clothing, fabrics, furniture and it works equally well w/ blood stains

I have used the vinegar approach on canvas and it seemed to help prevent the rather quick return when I used just bleach.

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