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Musty kite smell

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Created by Zigs 23 days ago, 23 Apr 2022
Zigs
NSW, 66 posts
23 Apr 2022 9:58AM
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May have forgotten to dry out a kite the day after I packed it up in the rain, it now has a bit of a musty smell, is there some way of getting rid of it without damaging the fabric, thanks.

Sandfoot
VIC, 536 posts
23 Apr 2022 10:50AM
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Pump it up, fly it and dunk it in salt water and then let dry in the sun. The salt will clean the mould AFAIK

cbulota
WA, 1388 posts
23 Apr 2022 8:52AM
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I agree with Sandfoot, I'd do the same thing.

Zigs
NSW, 66 posts
23 Apr 2022 1:08PM
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Thanks, I don't think I have crashed it since I noticed the smell, will do that next time I'm at the beach

THE PIN PULLER
WA, 418 posts
24 Apr 2022 11:01PM
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Run it through the wash on a low heat cycle then just bang it in the drier for 1/2 cycle she be right

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 998 posts
26 Apr 2022 12:15PM
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Sandfoot said..
Pump it up, fly it and dunk it in salt water and then let dry in the sun. The salt will clean the mould AFAIK


I would dunk it first in salt water, then fly it to dry.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 998 posts
26 Apr 2022 12:16PM
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THE PIN PULLER said..
Run it through the wash on a low heat cycle then just bang it in the drier for 1/2 cycle she be right



No please. You will delaminate the valves, unless it's a foil kite and even then either remove the bridles (ouch) or tape them up into a single pile to avoid super tangling the lot and destroying your kite...
Actually.... this is sarcasm right!?!?
NO DO NOT PUT IT IN A WASHING MACHINE.

gdownie
NSW, 127 posts
27 Apr 2022 9:51AM
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yep,salt water. dont leave it as if it goes moldy you are stuck with the stains. pack it up salty.

THE PIN PULLER
WA, 418 posts
27 Apr 2022 11:55AM
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NorthernKitesAUS said..

THE PIN PULLER said..
Run it through the wash on a low heat cycle then just bang it in the drier for 1/2 cycle she be right




No please. You will delaminate the valves, unless it's a foil kite and even then either remove the bridles (ouch) or tape them up into a single pile to avoid super tangling the lot and destroying your kite...
Actually.... this is sarcasm right!?!?
NO DO NOT PUT IT IN A WASHING MACHINE.


I have washed my kites this way since 2012. never had an issue with all 980 kites.

vodka
146 posts
29 Apr 2022 8:16PM
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I never pack up my kites, any packing method just puts little creases and pressure on the fabric warping and distressing it. This makes the kite have more drag when airborn and ruins your power speed lift and glide ratio. The best way ive found to keep my kites completely crinkle free is ive made a series of molds kind of like houseing that have the same form as each of my kites and i just drape the kites gently over them. The top race guys have been doing this for decades i have little cut outs in the molds so that its easy to just retune and trim the lines before every flight. I then transport the entire kite houseing carefully to the beach with a bimny over it so the uv doesnt degrade the material during transport

cauncy
WA, 8388 posts
Friday , 13 May 2022 10:44AM
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Wash your kite


listery
QLD, 89 posts
Friday , 13 May 2022 8:54PM
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cauncy said..
Wash your kite


Is that the new Rio?

snalberski
WA, 841 posts
Yesterday , 16 May 2022 1:32PM
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Don't forget to scrub the skiddies



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