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Storing And Cleaning, Best Way?

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We ended up with 20 inflatables this last year and with all the rain they got a little dirty.

Quuestion:

1. What is the best way to clean the fabric?

It says to store the inflatables in a cool area, we live in Ca. and the summers are pretty hot. I have them stored in the attic which is not insulated and gets very hot.

Questions:

1. Is it ok to store them in the attic or should I rearrange the garage/house to accomodate them?

Thanks for the help

Alan

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We ended up with 20 inflatables this last year and with all the rain they got a little dirty.

Quuestion:

1. What is the best way to clean the fabric?

It says to store the inflatables in a cool area, we live in Ca. and the summers are pretty hot. I have them stored in the attic which is not insulated and gets very hot.

Questions:

1. Is it ok to store them in the attic or should I rearrange the garage/house to accomodate them?

Thanks for the help

Alan

alan,

i have a couple inflatables in the attic that is not insulated, and had no problem with , and i think the santa bear has spent 5 or 6 tears there.

i had one under a big ole oak thee this past season ( will have to re-think that one ) and i just took a water hose to it while it was still inflated and it come real clean .... i would think you could use some dish washing soap on the real dirty spots

roger

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I store them in our house and garage as far as cleaning yours just hose them down and if there are stains use a Magic eraser if you want to try and get the stains out.

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Do Not use dish washing soap on your inflatables. It contains a degreasing agent and it will remove the sealant that makes them hold air.

Do not use bleach unless it's well diluted or it will eat the fabric.

You can use a mild detergent without any kind of degreaser. But a water hose usually does the trick.

Let them dry while blown up before packing away and they can be stored in the attic without issue.

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When I took the Christmas airblowns down they had been rained on and then frozen. In order to dry them out, I remove the loose ice without forcing it and then hung them down from the rafters in the barn which warms during the day from the sun. A couple refused to come dry (intricate ones) so I set them up after taking the others down and plugging them in for a couple days until they were very dry.

I store my airblowns in a couple large storage bins, just rolling them up like you would a tent.

In years past, some of the airblowns got completely caked with our wonderful red mud. Unfortunately some staining happened but that was low down on the design. And mostly it's the Halloween ones which get so much mud on them since the Christmas ones sit over along the driveway on the grass. Halloween ones go in the fields which by fall have been harvested. What I did to clean them was first shake all the lose dirt out / off of them - no need making more mud. I then hang them from the clothesline and spray them down while deflated first. Then I inflate them and touch it up with directed blasts. I have not tried using any soap because these are not really up close for inspection so clean enough is good enough.

Usually the rain washes most of the stuff off each year so they remain clean.

Right now I have my airblown chick up over the henhouse (my Christmas and Easter decoration) and it's got some staining on the front of it which I will get when it's time to take it down. It looks like it laid in some mud up there on the roof.

My airblowns I only inflate from dusk until about 11pm since no one really comes around at the other times. So they tend to fall in the mud. However, this past winter I had all the airblowns on their own circuits so when it was supposed to rain or snow, I changed the timers so they would remain inflated all day and night. Still, the snow and ice would cause them to collapse but at least they did not sit in puddles. But water would seep inside and freeze. Best thing I could do for them at those times is pull them back upright and get the ice to the bottom where it could melt away later. I think I had around 9 or 10 airblowns up this past Christmas. I have a lot of real estate to fill and they work well.

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OK,

thank all of you for your help. As you know 20 of these guys can add up and I didn't want to take a chance. Better to ask a question than ruin them.

thanks again.

Alan

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We are close to 100 Christmas inflatables....We store about 90% of them in our attics...Been doing that for the past 8 years and never had a problem...

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I had to leave the air blown chick-in-egg inflated in the loft of the barn for an extra couple days after I took it down from Easter because it rained a lot the night before. I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before putting it away for the season so it would not mold or mildew. It was eerie having a glow coming from the window of the barn for a while and I'm glad it was lit or else I would have forgotten about it. I do know I have a couple lights burned out on it but replacements are easier to find closer to Christmas, so I'll just wait.

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Does the water proofing stuff really help? For some reason mine after the snow and ice flies i can not keep these inflated properly even after removing the ice and snow. I have about 10 of these and did not put them up because of the frustration of sagging inflatables. I like using them but not worth the frustration. Any other ideas I might try to help keep them inflated?

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