If you’re a bounce house owner, you know how important it is to keep your inflatable in good condition. After all, a well-maintained bounce house not only looks better but also helps keep kids safe while they play.
Unfortunately, moisture can wreak havoc on inflatables, leading to the buildup of mold and mildew. These types of fungi thrive in darkness and moisture, and can quickly infest and grow on your bounce house, even in just 24 to 48 hours.
Left untreated, mold and mildew can cause serious damage to the PVC vinyl used on a bounce house or other inflatable, potentially leading to costly repairs or even replacement.
That’s why it’s essential to prevent mold and mildew from showing up in the first place and to treat them promptly if they do appear.
In this article, we’ll show you the best way to clean your bounce house and remove any mold or mildew, helping to reduce exposure to dangerous bacteria, prevent unsightly fading or patchwork, and keep your bounce house in top condition.
The good news is that the process of cleaning a commercial bounce house is actually fairly simple, and won’t increase your overhead by huge margins. With the right steps, removing mildew and mold from a bounce house is easy and straightforward.
So let’s get started and show you how to keep your bounce house in great shape for years to come.
How To Remove Mildew And Mold From Bounce House
Over time, moisture and dirt can accumulate on the bounce house, leading to the growth of mold and mildew. Therefore, it is essential to clean and disinfect your bounce house regularly to ensure that it remains hygienic and safe for use.
In this article, we will guide you on how to remove mildew and mold from a bounce house using simple and effective methods. Follow the steps below to get started:
Step 1: Lay the Bounce House on a Large, Clean Waterproof Tarp and Inflate It with the Blower
Begin by laying the bounce house on a large, clean waterproof tarp to protect it from any dirt or debris. Inflate the bounce house using the blower and ensure that it is fully inflated.
Step 2: Remove Any Removable Components and Visually Inspect the Bounce House for Moisture, Mold, Dirt, Physical Damage, and Fading
Take out any removable components such as netting, tunnels, or obstacles and inspect the bounce house for any signs of moisture, mold, dirt, physical damage, or fading. It is important to take note of any damages that may require repair.
Step 3: Dry Clean the Bounce House
Start the cleaning process by removing any loose items found inside the bounce house. Sweep and brush the entire bounce house from top to bottom, and vacuum any areas that cannot be removed by hand.
Make sure to get rid of all dirt and debris, as they can contribute to mold and mildew growth.
Step 4: Wet Clean the Bounce House
To make a homemade cleaning solution, mix water, vinegar, and dish soap in a bucket. Dip a soft bristle brush, sponge, or rag into the solution and scrub any dirty areas on the bounce house.
Rinse thoroughly with water to remove any soap or residue left behind. Disinfecting wipes should also be used to wipe down railings, landings, and side walls.
Step 5: Let the Bounce House Sit and Dry Naturally
After cleaning, let the bounce house sit and dry naturally, preferably in the sun. Make sure it is completely dry before storing it away.
How to Prevent Mold and Mildew from Ruining a Bounce House
To prevent this from happening, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to keep your bounce house clean, dry, and safe.
The first step in preventing mold and mildew from developing is to keep the bounce house clean. This means regularly cleaning the bounce house after each use and especially before storing it away.
To clean the bounce house, start by laying it on a large, clean waterproof tarp and inflate it with the blower. Remove any removable components and visually inspect the bounce house for moisture, mold, dirt, physical damage, and fading.
Next, dry clean the bounce house by removing any loose items found inside, sweeping and brushing the entire bounce house from top to bottom, and vacuuming anything that can’t be removed by hand. This will remove any dirt and debris that can contribute to mold and mildew growth.
After the bounce house has been dry cleaned, it’s time to wet clean it. Create a homemade cleaning solution by mixing water, vinegar, and dish soap and scrub dirty areas with a soft bristle brush, a sponge, or a rag.
Rinse thoroughly to remove any soap or residue remaining. Use disinfecting wipes to wipe down railings, landings, and side walls to remove any remaining germs and bacteria that may contribute to mold and mildew growth.
The next step in preventing mold and mildew is to ensure that the bounce house is fully dry before storing it. This means removing all moisture from the bounce house, as dampness is a prime environment for mold and mildew to grow.
To dry the bounce house, let it sit and dry naturally, preferably in the sun. Inflatable water slides and slip and slides are even more prone to mold and mildew growth due to their frequent exposure to water, so take extra care when cleaning and drying these units.
It’s also important to store the bounce house in a safe location to prevent any moisture from entering. Store the bounce house in a cool, dry place that is free from direct sunlight, moisture, and any potential damage.
Unrolling and inspecting the bounce house after three or four days is a good practice to ensure that there is no moisture or mold growth.
If moisture is found, dry the bounce house immediately, and if mold or mildew is found, take action to remove it before it becomes a serious problem.
Can an Air Purifier Remove Mold From a Bounce House?
Can an air purifier help remove mold from a bounce house? Let’s find out.
Firstly, it’s important to note that an air purifier alone cannot remove mold from a bounce house. Mold spores can quickly spread and attach to surfaces, including the bounce house material, which can cause the mold to grow and spread.
While an air purifier can capture mold spores and prevent them from spreading, it’s not enough to eliminate the mold completely.
However, using an air purifier in conjunction with other cleaning methods can help to remove mold from a bounce house.
When choosing an air purifier for this purpose, it’s important to select one with a HEPA filter, as these filters are designed to capture small particles, including mold spores.
Additionally, it’s important to choose an air purifier with a high CADR (clean air delivery rate) to ensure that it can handle the volume of air in a bounce house.
To effectively remove mold from a bounce house, it’s important to use a combination of cleaning methods.
Firstly, the bounce house should be thoroughly cleaned and dried using a solution of water, vinegar, and dish soap, as well as disinfecting wipes for high-touch areas.
Once the bounce house is dry, an air purifier with a HEPA filter can be used to capture any remaining mold spores in the air.
It’s important to note that an air purifier alone is not enough to remove mold from a bounce house.
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to eliminate the mold completely. Additionally, it’s important to address the source of the mold growth to prevent it from returning in the future.
How To Clean Bounce House Stains?
From grass and mud to food and drink spills, stains on a bounce house can be unsightly and unhygienic. Fortunately, cleaning bounce house stains is a simple process that can be done with a few household items.
Before beginning the cleaning process, it’s important to remove any loose items inside the bounce house and visually inspect it for any physical damage or fading.
Once this is done, lay the bounce house on a large, clean, waterproof tarp and inflate it with the blower.
To clean the stains, start by wetting a soft-bristled brush or sponge with warm water and gently scrubbing the affected area.
For tougher stains, a mixture of water and mild dish soap can be used. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
For grass stains, a mixture of vinegar and water can be effective. Simply combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and generously spray the affected area.
Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and repeat the process if necessary.
For food and drink spills, it’s important to act quickly to prevent the stain from setting in. Blot the area with a clean, dry cloth to remove as much of the spill as possible.
Then, use a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap to gently scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and repeat the process if necessary.
It’s important to note that bleach and other harsh chemicals should not be used on a bounce house, as they can cause damage to the material and potentially harm children who use it.
After cleaning the stains, let the bounce house dry naturally in the sun, if possible. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can be a serious problem if not addressed.
How To Remove Mold From Inflatable Water Slide
Inflatable water slides are a great way to have fun and stay cool during hot summer days. However, over time, they can develop mold and mildew, which not only looks unsightly but can also pose health risks.
First and foremost, safety is a top priority when dealing with mold. Wear gloves, protective eyewear, and a mask to protect yourself from the spores. Also, work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling mold and mildew particles.
To begin, lay the water slide on a clean, flat surface and remove any removable components. Inspect the slide thoroughly for any visible mold or mildew. Use a broom or soft-bristled brush to sweep away any dirt or debris. Then, vacuum the slide to remove any remaining debris or dust.
Next, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Add a few drops of dish soap and mix thoroughly. Dip a soft-bristled brush or sponge into the solution and scrub the affected areas of the slide.
Be sure to cover the entire surface, including the seams and corners, where mold and mildew are more likely to grow.
Once you have scrubbed the water slide thoroughly, rinse it with a hose or a bucket of clean water to remove any soap residue.
Make sure to rinse the slide well, as any soap residue left behind can actually promote the growth of mold and mildew. Allow the slide to air dry completely before storing it.
To prevent mold and mildew from returning, follow the same steps as for preventing it in the first place. Keep the water slide clean, dry, and store it properly.
If possible, store the slide in a cool, dry place where there is good air circulation. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
In conclusion, removing mold and mildew from a bounce house is crucial for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for children to play in.
By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can effectively remove mildew and mold from your bounce house and prevent it from happening again.
Additionally, by taking preventative measures to keep your bounce house clean, dry, and properly stored, you can avoid future issues with mold and mildew.
With regular cleaning and maintenance, your bounce house can continue to provide hours of fun and entertainment for children for years to come.