Water, humidity, and closed spaces make it easy for mold and mildew to grow in unwanted places like your boat! As a boat owner, knowing what to do to prevent mold is extremely important.
Making sure your boat is well ventilated is the first step in preventing mold and mildew. This is not complicated. It is as easy as opening hatches, seats, or anything else that can be opened up. If there is a time where you plan to be away from your boat for a long period of time you may want to consider a ventilator to keep the air moving.
Controlling mold is a never-ending process. You will never be able to entirely eliminate mold and mildew from your boat, but if you keep up on preventing it you have a better chance of it not growing. This is simply because their spores are everywhere and all they need is the right conditions to grow. Following a plan like this one to remove mold and sticking to it is your best bet!
1. Remove Mold
To remove mold and mildew mix together bleach, water tri-sodium phosphate, and powdered laundry detergent. If you do not want to make your own solution, there are ones you can buy off the shelf. Once you find your product to remove the mold begin by spraying it and wiping down all areas with mold. Be cautious when doing this: wear gloves, a mask, and protective clothing.
After removing the mold it is best to follow up with a product to help get rid of the mold you may have missed along with the smell. Mildew Odor Control Bags are a great way to follow up. They work for up to three months and are reasonably priced.
3. Mildew Blocker
Mildew blockers do not solve the problem forever, but they do work temporarily. Using one will make it so you are not battling the mold 24/7.
Conquering the mold and mildew will keep you and your boat happy!