Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vinegar: it's not just for cucumbers any more

This is a tip from Doug, on s/v Angelique, late of G Dock (now in Tacoma):

Is your canvas a happy home for mildew and bacterial colonies? Here in the moist Pacific Northwest, this is common. Doug suggested to us that vinegar cures the infestation. Vinegar! Who would have thought it?

The low pH from the acetic acid content kills all the bacterial life. And if you use "white distilled vinegar" which is composed of nothing but water and acetic acid - both of which will evaporate, no follow-on rinse is needed.

It works! Beautifully.


  1. I'm going to try it - we have some aboard for other areas but I hadn't thought to try it on canvas.

  2. It does take a couple of days for the acetic acid to evaporate and the smell to dissipate.


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