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Old 10-16-2017, 02:29 AM   #1
Dojo: Canberra
Location: Canberra
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 30
Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Hi Aikiweb,

I purchased a gi quite a while ago online from America, it was an extra big size (a size I couldn't get in Australia) and then once it arrived I had it tailored, limbs and length shortened. It swims on me and is like a sumo kimono but better loose than tight! So the postage cost more than the gi but then the modification bumped the total cost up. I'll get to the point now!

So I noticed some faint black mold spots around the upper back (where I sweat). I can't afford to throw it out so I was wondering, has this happened to anyone else and what is the best way to eliminate the mold? Someone said bleach but I wanted to get opinions first as I didn't want to destroy it. I have learnt my lesson and hang it on the line after training to dry and don't leave it wet in a gym bag. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:23 AM   #2
Location: Massachusetts
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Posts: 3,202
Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Hot water, first and foremost. If that doesn't do it, in order of severity, I would say vinegar, then borax, then bleach. See http://moldpedia.com/remove-mold-mildew-clothes-fabric
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:38 PM   #3
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Location: Left Coast
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,339
Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Chlorine bleach, which is fairly toxic, and in strong concentration for prolonged soaking will literally eat away the cotton, should be the ticket. Oh, Mary has a whole regimen....ok then....

Janet Rosen
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:43 PM   #4
Dojo: Roswell Budokan
Location: Roswell GA
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Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Sunlight is particularly effective at killing mold and mildew (including the spores). The UV and heat kills the mold and mildew. I let my gis bask in the sunlight on a regular basis.And I always hang the gi up after practice to make sure it dries out.

Of course UV, heat, bleach, peroxides and just ordinary cleaning damage fabrics over time. Some fabrics/weaves are more resilient than others, but they all wear out eventually.

All paths lead to death. I strongly recommend taking one of the scenic routes.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:23 AM   #5
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Dojo: Cercle d'A´kido Pau Lons
Location: Pau
Join Date: Sep 2002
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Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

My two cents :
Drops of white vinager on the spots on the occasion of the next whash.

]"True Budo is a work of love"
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:00 AM   #6
Dojo: Canberra
Location: Canberra
Join Date: Feb 2015
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Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Thanks heaps everyone! I soaked it in borax, used some vinegar, washed it twice and hung it in the hot sun for a day. The mold is definitely dead but the marks are still slightly visible on the inside. As long as the mold is actually dead it doesn't worry me.

The gi actually hasn't smelt or felt so nice and crisp! The borax and vinegar really made it nice.
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Old 10-21-2017, 07:20 PM   #7
Dojo: Twin Cities Aikido Center, St Paul MN
Location: Eagan MN
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Blush! Re: Gi has faint mold spots, please advise

Glad to hear that it's resolved. If anyone asks about the faint spots, just tell them it was blood--someone else's!
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