How to Remove Mold From a Tarp


Tarps protect the interiors of pools, surfaces of vehicles and other items from precipitation, dirt and debris. When rainwater or other liquids rest on a tarp for a long time, however, mold spots can appear. The mold spots transfer onto other items and also cause a noticeably foul smell. Replacing the tarp is not your only option. A natural household cleaner can remove the mold spores and all of the bad smells without staining or eating through the tarp.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Two soft-bristle brushes
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Take the tarp outside to your lawn or garage. Open the tarp fully so you are able to see all of the mold spots.

  • Spray the portions of the tarp covered in mold with a high-powered hose. Scrub any mold spots you still see off the tarp, using a soft-bristle brush.

  • Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and a few cups of white vinegar inside the spray bottle.

  • Spray all the moldy parts of the tarp with the solution. Leave the solution on the tarp for approximately 15 minutes.

  • Saturate a different brush with water. Scrub the tarp again with the clean brush.

  • Repeat Step 2 to rinse the tarp.

  • Hang the tarp outside in a sunny part of the yard until it completely dries. The sunlight and warmth prevents any reappearance of mold or foul odors on the tarp.

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