By Maura Keller
In an environment literally surrounded by water, foam products within the marine fabrication industry face the chance of mold and mildew surfacing on cushions, seat backs and other areas of a vessel. Mold and mildew not only pose a health threat but they also unleash an unpleasant odor. It should come as no surprise that the climate inside a boat is ideal for mold and mildew infiltration, that’s why industry experts agree that you need to make sure you are purchasing and using foam that has an antimicrobial added.
“It isn’t a guarantee that you won’t have mold or mildew but it will reduce the chances,”says Tim McRee, vice president at Wm. T. Burnett & Co.
Luckily, many types of open-cell reticulated foam dry quickly after exposure to salt spray, rain, dew, washing and other types of moisture and humidity.
In addition to utilizing antimicrobial products to further prevent mold or mildew from forming, cushions and other removable foam products should be stored in an open area with plenty of air circulation.