If you own a commercial bounce house business, one of the worst things you’ll have to deal with are the effects of moisture. When you let your inflatables accumulate moisture, that’s going to result in the growth of mold and mildew, and that’s not going to be good for your rentals! No one would want to hire a bounce house with molds because that could pose serious threats to the health of children.
In this post, we will share with you some information about mold and helpful tips on how you can get rid of it from a bounce house without damaging it:
What Mold and Mildew Are
Mold and mildew are fungi that grow and thrive in surfaces that are moist and in darkness, especially when there’s limited airflow. It also doesn’t take long for mold and mildew to grow. In fact, they can grow in colonies in as short as 24 to 48 hours. They won’t just grow on the surface of the bounce house but seep and chew through the fabric underneath, too, as they can cause damage to PVC vinyl that is often used on commercial inflatables.
How You Can Prevent Mold and Mildew from Damaging Your Commercial Bounce House
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to mold and mildew. It’s so much better to simply keep those mold and mildew at bay than have to deal with them later on. All it takes are three simple steps anyway:
1. Keep the Bounce House Clean
Always make sure that your bounce house is clean, especially before storing it. Your bounce house instructional guide should also come with directions on how to clean it the right way, so be sure to follow it.
2. Keep It Dry
Once the bounce house is clean, you need to ensure that it’s completely dry. But if you store the bounce house while it’s still wet or even just damp, it could be a host for mold and mildew that are looking for a breeding ground.
3. Keep It Stored in a Safe Place
Now, even once you cleaned and dried the bounce house, if you store it in an area where it’s dark and moist, there’s still a high possibility of mold and mildew growth. If you’re storing them for a long time, make sure that you unroll and air them out after three days to check if there’s moisture, and if there is, you need to dry it at once. If there’s mold and mildew already, then address that immediately, too.
How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Your Bounce House
What you will need to get rid of mold and mildew growth are water and bleach. However, keep in mind that the only time you should use bleach on an inflatable is when there’s mold or mildew. This is because they can quickly fade colors and even cause damage.
Gently dip your soft brush, a rag, or a sponge into the water and bleach solution, and then apply it to the affected areas and scrub with pressure until all the mold and mildew are off. Once everything is removed, make sure to rinse it thoroughly and dry it. If there is still growth of mold and mildew, do the removal process all over again until they’re all gone. Generally, it’s recommended to leave the bounce house to dry outdoors under the sun to ensure that there are no damp spots anywhere.
Mold and mildew are the enemies of any commercial bounce house owner. If you let them grow, there’s a chance that your inflatables will be completely ruined, and that’s a waste of money! It’s better to just take excellent care of it so that there’s no chance that mold and mildew will grow.
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