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Offline krisv

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Mould on jacket and trousers
« on: December 27, 2019, 18:28:13 »
Hello all,

Hope you all had a good Christmas.

Moved home a few weeks ago and rode the bike to the new place in pouring rain.

Kept the kit in the garage and now the jacket trousers helmet gloves and boots are covered in mould / mildew.

Don't care much about the boots and gloves as they are nearly gone anyway.

Any ideas or suggestions on how I can clean the helmet jacket and trousers?

Wolf textile ones by the way.
I was thinking hose it down in the garden and spray with a mild bleach solution, soak for a few hours then rinse it down and put it in the washing machine for a gentle wash.

Anything that will help me not damage it beyond use would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 19:15:46 »
I think I'd put the jacket and trousers in the washing machine,remove the armour first, I'd remove the visor and soak the whole helmet in the bath and wash with baby shampoo or the like, or a very big basin if you've got no bath, let it air dry somewhere. nothing worse than that smell of rotten mildew.

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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 19:20:19 »
I remove armour and wash that in the sink. The jacket & trousers go to the laundromat when nobody's in, and get washed with Nikwax Tech Wash. Then I reproof them in a bucket with Nikwax TX direct.... because I'd never put that stuff in a washing machine at the laundromat........ :whistle:


My Neotec linings are removable, they come out and get a sink wash, the helmet's interior gets a wipe down with Dettox. Visor, pinlock and sun visor get a sink wash. And the top vent gets unclipped with that terrifying "I've just broken it" feel and sound, and the bugs get broddled out with a cotton bud.

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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 19:22:01 »
Agreed , textile motorcycle clothing can be washed in the washing machine , I wash my rukka gear a couple of times a year.
As for the helmet , definitely in a bath of hot water cleaned with shampoo , you will be surprised how dirty a crash helmet can be ....  :-x

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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 19:50:12 »
Good luck with all that.. However mould goes to sleep when dried and wakes with a vengence when wet. You may have to kill the mould with white vinegar. Soak it for 24 hours and then wash it with mild detergent and then thoroughly dry. It might work depending on the strength of the mould. Mould is one of the oldest forms of life on earth so it has had to be tough and resilient.
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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 20:00:35 »
@Rusty,

"broddled"  :clap:
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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2019, 22:09:14 »
Pretty much a mixture of all the above for me.................
Mix white vinegar & lemon juice then spray it onto the article(s) in question & leave for a few minutes. Then wash with (non bio) soap and reproof where necessary.
I specify non bio soap because I read regularly that 'ordinary' wash powders/liquids will affect the waterproofing????
 
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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2019, 23:33:51 »
Thanks chaps!

Very nice idea on the laundrette... Kept the Mrs happy as I wasn't bringing mould into the house.

Sprayed the kit with vinegar, let it soak for a few hours and put it through a medium heat cycle with non bio detergent.

Cleaned up really nice. Tumble dried at low to medium setting but didn't dry fully yet. Hopefully hasn't shrunk.

Decided to scrap the helmet as it was not too comfortable and too much mould to on the strap.

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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2019, 09:28:09 »
If the clothing requires reproofing and Nikwax TX (as Rusty suggests above) is very good and it should be done whilst the articles are still damp. If you don't/can't use the washing machine a large container (I use the bath) is just as good.
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Re: Mould on jacket and trousers
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2019, 15:37:22 »
Good result then.  :thumb:

Hopefully hasn't shrunk.
Everybody's kit shrinks at this time of year...  :shy:
Seems pearl asbo orange is faster after all....

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