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Old 04-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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Found mold in helmet, jacket & pants - how to clean away the evil spores?

Okay, rookie error here...

I left some of my riding gear in a zipped duffle bag inside a storage unit with my bikes this winter. When I went to ride the bike to the dealer for an oil change, I discovered some dampness in the bag, and the mold spores had taken over.


Any remedies/treatments/exorcisms I can perform to defeat the evil mold, and clean up my gear?

First Gear Katmandu textile Jacket
Rev'it Airwave textile pants
Shoei Qwest helmet (I'm inclined to just seek out all new inserts for the lid. The thought of strapping that once fungus-ridden bucket on my head kinda creeps me out)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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A day in bright sunlight and fresh air will kill most if not all the mould. After that a simple wash should remove the evidence. For helmets I always use a washing liquid designed for wool and hand wash the liner. The outer could be rinsed over with a very mild bleach solution on the outside. Inside I'd be inclined in rinse with the wool wash.
The jacket and pants can probably be machine washed with the armour removed using a technical fabric wash solution available from an outdoor store. Check the instructions in the garments. If you can't machine wash a large bucket and a hose for rinsing works well.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:12 PM   #3
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Tilex. I've got a sailboat that presents me a forest of mold after it's winter storage under canvas. After trying various expensive products for years, accompanied by much scrubbing, I tried the cheap & easy tile cleaner, found at any supermart. On the boat, I just spray it on & walk away. An hour or two later, definitely by the next day, the black spots have disappeared! If any do remain, a second spritz does for them. No scrubbing required. It works the same way on the curtains & cushions as well, so I'd have no fear using it on fabrics, though maybe try a small spot first, just to see.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:29 PM   #4
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Good suggestions. Will give it a shot!
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:49 PM   #5
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I have a perforated jacket that I left in a side bag for a month. When I discovered it it was a ball of mold. Washed it in a 5 gallon bucket with a quart of rubbing alcohol mixed in water with a little bit of dish soap. Rinsed, hung to dry. Looks and fits like new. I think whatever treatment was used on this leather kept it from shrinking or getting stiff. I think most riding gear will have a similar treatment and can take several if not many washings.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:52 PM   #6
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I've had this problem before and even repeated washes wouldn't help. A bit of tea tree oil and hot water on a rag and it did the trick.
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white vinegar

try first with a 50/50 mixture of water, if that don't work use less water.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:45 AM   #8
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Take the liner out and give everything a wash. Spray affected areas with a little vinigar as mentioned, i have spray 9 around which works well.

After spraying it, all goes in the washer.

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Old 04-25-2015, 04:39 PM   #9
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A couple of drops of clove oil in a litre of warm water , and another liters to clean your brush , rag out as you clean .
The clove oil actually kills the mold spurs . Most other products dont and contain bleaches which may look like they work but the mold will come back .

We have a lot of trouble with mold around our house and the clove oil does the job better then anything . And i have tried lots .
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If you have access to an ozone machine, that will help kill the boogers.
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I know of an insurance company damage restoration team that services mold with just hot water and Dawn dish soap, on residential situations. Low tech, no fumes to speak of, cant hurt.
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I would contact shoei and see if the would sell you some new liners.

I would clean everything, and leave it to dry in the sun.
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