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I have a bouncy house for my grandson which for the most part is nothing but an inflatable on steroids.

Apparently the last time I rolled it up and stowed it away it must of had some moisture on it.

When I pulled it out yesterday to get ready for his 4th birthday party this Saturday it has black molds spots in quite a few places most importantly the area where the kids will be jumping/landing on.

Any suggestions what I can use to remove the mold without doing damage to the fabric?

Thanks for any help in this matter.

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You can use bleach, but it should be watered down because it can be harsh. The smell remains for a while though. You can also go to Home Depot or Lowes and get some cleaner for a powerwasher, the one for vinyl siding, it killls mold pretty well.

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Windex make a house cleaner that attached to a house - less force than a power washer. OR - if you some bleach I've used an Ortho spray jug again that goes on the end of a hose and you can dial in how much bleach you want. You may never get the black out though.

Tell the kids someone dropped chocolate! :giggle:

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Thanks for the suggestions. My first thought was bleach,but I was worried it would damage the fabric or cause discolorations.

I have it set up outside, it is pouring out today and quite a bit has come off on it's own,but I see I'm going to have to do some scrubbing.

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Is it mold or mildew? Either way, you can buy professional-strength cleaners at Home Depot or a cleaning supply house that should do the trick. Might want to call the manufacturer for a recommendation that doesn't harm the fabric.

As an aside, my kids would love it if I'd buy them one of these

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don't use dish soap...I washed an inflatable in it and then blew it up and hosed it off and it did something to it...wouldn't hold air and stayed limp...

Interesting. I wonder if they treat the fabric with something to make it hold air better, and is water-resistant but for some reason not soap-and-water resistant...

I'm sure Chuck will stop by with a Viagra-style joke too :)

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Interesting. I wonder if they treat the fabric with something to make it hold air better, and is water-resistant but for some reason not soap-and-water resistant...

I'm sure Chuck will stop by with a Viagra-style joke too :)

Maybe they treat it with some type of petroleum product. Most dish soaps have an ingredient that cuts grease.

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I know its late but I asked people on an amusement industry forum Matts Carnival Warehouse. I will post the reuslts about why the one inflatable went limp with soap and water and what to use to clean them. I will post it just for future references on others that have this problem down the road.

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ok here is what the guys and girls said off Matt's Carnival Warehouse.. these are amusement industry folks across the USA....

Pinetar

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| Post #2 | Posted - 06/28/2009 : 12:41:23 PM

Could be reverse osmosis or could there be a leak? The thread holes often leak on older units. Look for leaks, they are there.

TheShadow

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| Post #3 | Posted - 06/29/2009 : 08:26:39 AM

Use dawn liquid and a soft bristle brush. Do not use a pressure sprayer. PM or call me for more info. Joe B 319-000-0000

the-novelty-man

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| Post #4 | Posted - 06/29/2009 : 09:52:49 AM

Go to http://www.moonwalkforum.com/

They will be able to help you.

with-it

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| Post #5 | Posted - 06/29/2009 : 10:39:28 AM

A Bad Blower could of been the problem why the bounce was limp....

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| Post #6 | Posted - 06/29/2009 : 11:11:44 AM

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Originally posted by with-it

A Bad Blower could of been the problem why the bounce was limp....

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There've been many a bad blower make things go limp and I've never even owned a bounce.

I hope this helps all with future references.

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