Tips for Cleaning Mold or Mildew off a Life Jacket

Tips for Cleaning Mold or Mildew off a Life Jacket

Spring is a great time to clean your life jackets before getting ready to use them. Sometimes life jackets get put away for the winter and haven’t had a chance to dry out completely which can cause mold or mildew to grow. And southern locations where it is hot and humid throughout most of the year may find life jackets with spots on them. While this doesn’t look very pretty, it does not mean that the life jacket needs to be thrown away. They just need a chance to be cleaned and dried completely before use.

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The following tips from our friends at Onyx Outdoor can be used to clean a life jacket of mold or mildew so that it can be safely used again. Just make sure you have a couple of days of dry weather in your forecast before starting.

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  1. Use water and mild soap along with a soft brush or clean cloth to scrub the areas where the stains are located.

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  1. Rinse with clean water.

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  1. If you still notice stains, you may need to repeat the process a few times.

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  1. When the life jacket is completely clean, hang it up to dry out of direct sunlight and do not put it back in use or into a storage container until it is completely dry.

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The Peace River Sail and Power Squadrons in Port Charlotte, FL utilize ladders to hang their loaner life jackets to dry after washing them. They relocate the ladders to a shady area once all of the jackets have been cleaned and hung.

Written by  Gail Kulp

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