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Mildew on Bamboo

Posted by joefromsd San Diego (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 23, 05 at 12:33

I use rolls of bamboo fencing (not reed) as the shade element for alot of my Shade Structures, but within a year mildew appears.

What I've used to remove it is a deck wash that contains bleach. Just spray it on and rinse, and the mildew is gone.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any other products, or receipes for self-prepared mixtures that work ?

Also, don't suppose there is anything I could apply that would prevent mildew from forming on the bamboo ?

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RE: Mildew on Bamboo


An oil/wax like Thompsons, sprayed on with a small pump tank might help?


RE: Mildew on Bamboo

That might help a little, but I was hoping for something with perhaps a mildewcide in it.

Here's some pics of one of the structures. You can see the bamboo when it was new, and then, only a year later it's almost black ! No bueno.

When you get to the Album, click on a pic, then look right and click View > Original Size.

Here is a link that might be useful: 5 Sided Fuyjidana

RE: Mildew on Bamboo

Your question is similar to mine joe, same enough to invite the advice from an expert if there is one out there. Your design and craftsmanship is excellent joe and it would be nice to find a solution (a mildewcide ?)

RE: Mildew on Bamboo

Bleach, Water, and Lye.
Bleach and Lye is what is in things like the bath cleaner "Tilex"
"Chlorox" or similar mixed half and half with water.
Add 2 tablespoons of lye to the quart.
Spray it on, let it stand and rinse it off.
A scrub brush helps.
Don't even think about this without eye protection and plenty of fresh water for a rinse. Rubber gloves are a good idea.

All the midewcides I know of are pretty nast chemicals but a paint and sundry supply might have something.

RE: Mildew on Bamboo

Bamboo, why is the lye necessary ? I thought that bleach and water was enough to kill the mildew spores.

RE: Mildew on Bamboo

The lye beaks down the mildew and helps it rinse free.
So does the bleach. The two together work even better.

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