PVC (polyvinyl chloride) foam is a versatile material that can be used for many applications, including boat decks and padding. In fact, it’s so versatile and easy to use that many people don’t give much thought to its care and maintenance. Unfortunately, this oversight often leads to mold growth on their pvc foam! Mold can be unsightly and also unhealthy. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to take much extra effort or time to keep your pvc foam in top shape. Here are some tips for ensuring your pvc foam doesn’t develop mold:
Do a check for signs of mold.
The first step in protecting your pvc foam from mold is to do a check for signs of it. Mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria can all be destructive when they grow on your pvc foam. The best way to check for these things is by using a black light. If there is no sign of mold or mildew then you are good to go!
If you find any signs of mold or mildew then you need to clean it off right away with soap and water or bleach with water (1 part bleach:10 parts water). You should also take care not to use too much soap because this may strip the protective coating off your pvc foam which will make it more susceptible to damage from water exposure over time.
Keep your foam clean.
Use a damp cloth to clean any dirt or dust off the PVC foam. If you are using a mild soap, be sure that it is only mild as harsh chemicals and cleaners will negatively affect the life of your products.
DO NOT use bleach, ammonia, vinegar or lemon juice as cleaners for your foam products because they will also negatively affect the life of them.
Ensure proper ventilation.
- Use a dehumidifier.
- Use a good air conditioner.
- Use fans to move the air around. This will help keep mold from forming on your foam, which would cause it to become discolored and possibly break down into dust over time.
Check for water damage.
Water damage is the main cause of mold, so if you have water damage, it’s important to repair it before it gets worse. Water damage can be caused by leaks or condensation and can be detected by looking for stains or discoloration, or by looking for signs of water damage (e.g., peeling paint).
Use the right cleaning products.
The best cleaning products to use with your PVC foam are soap-based cleaners. This includes dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and shampoo as well as special pvc foam cleaners that you can buy from shops that sell pvc foam.
- Do not use bleach at any time on your pvc foam! Bleach is harmful to both human skin and animal skin and should not be used in the home at all (even for whites). If you have a stain on your clothes, don’t rub it; just wash it out by hand with soap and water.
- Also don’t use ammonia-based cleaners or vinegar on your pvc flooring either – these will damage the material if left to soak in or dry out there long enough!
If you follow these tips, your pvc foam will remain mold-free!
If you follow these simple tips, your pvc foam will remain mold-free!
- Be proactive about mold. Mold can enter your home through almost any opening and cause damage to a variety of materials, including pvc foam. To prevent this from happening and minimize damage in the event that it does occur, make sure to be aware of the signs of mold growth so you can act quickly if necessary.
- Clean your pvc foam regularly. Keep it dry by using fans or dehumidifiers during humid times or ensure that moisture doesn’t build up in it by keeping it ventilated regularly (and don’t forget to clean out any filters every few months). If possible, also remove excess water from any spills as soon as possible by wiping them away with a towel until no more is absorbed into the material—don’t let them sit for too long!
- Use the right cleaning products on your pvc foam whenever necessary; avoid ones that are acidic or abrasive because they could strip away protective coatings over time which could lead directly into further problems down the line–better safe than sorry!
There you have it! By following these tips and using our products, your pvc foam will stay mold-free for years to come. We hope we’ve answered all of your questions about how to care for this material and prevent the growth of mold inside or on top of it. If not, please contact us with any other questions or concerns you have about keeping your pvc foam clean. Thank you so much for reading!