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mildew #663509 08/10/16 3:18 pm
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it has been very tropical here with high heat, extreme humidity and storms the tires on my bikes have started getting a light gray mildew on them that I cannot keep off,,,have tried 2 types of mildew killer from Lowes and Wesley bleche white from car parts place...mildew comes back in a few days...any suggestions? oh bikes are in a shed

thanks for any thoughts


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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663514 08/10/16 3:38 pm
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Seems like it needs to dry to prevent mildew growth. Ventilation? Can you cut some vents in the shed - probably near floor and near roof for air circulation. You can get large containers of dessicant (drier) but they probably would not last long.
Sure has been a weird summer. Driest I've ever seen. Our grass is totally brown and dormant. Only the weeds stay green. Humidity has not been too bad, though, (except for today!).
This weekend is a 4 day vacation for us - and now it rains!! GRRR.
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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663517 08/10/16 4:10 pm
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weird summer. Driest I've ever seen

Do I live on another planet? frown

Old newspapers dry the air in a moist space.
I used them in VW beetles when I still had them.
These ventilate badly in critical places.


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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663519 08/10/16 4:35 pm
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Vinegar in a spray bottle. Works on boats and won't damage paint or bright work


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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663534 08/10/16 8:23 pm
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I think the active ingredient in most "mildew killers" is old fashioned bleach.
During Hurricane Sandy here in New Jersey in 2012 the crawl space under my house was under 3'6" of sea water.
After it was pumped out I cleaned it out by spraying heavily with bleach--it killed everything and nothing has returned!
Or you could try ammonia--available in most supermarkets.
In terms of preventing it then I agree with the other guys---ventilation is the key---and if that is not possible in an enclosed space then try a dehumidifier.
HTH

Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663536 08/10/16 8:42 pm
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You can check with these guys in Abita Springs, but I'm pretty sure a 10-1 dilution of bleach and ventilation will cure your mildew problem

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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663543 08/10/16 10:05 pm
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From a Gulf Coast resident - bleach. Be sure and wear some old clothes.


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Re: mildew [Re: raf940] #663557 08/11/16 4:28 am
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...why not buy a de-humidifier? Not that expensive & I run mine 24/7...Cheers!


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