How to Remove Mold From a Tarp

Tarps protect the interiors of pools, surfaces of vehicles and other items from precipitation, dirt and debris. When rainwater or other liquids rest on a tarp for a long time, however, mold spots can appear. The mold spots transfer onto other items and also cause a noticeably foul smell. Replacing the tarp is not your only option. A natural household cleaner can remove the mold spores and all of the bad smells without staining or eating through the tarp.

Mold ruins a tarp and may also make people sick.

Step 1

Take the tarp outside to your lawn or garage. Open the tarp fully so you are able to see all of the mold spots.

Step 2

Spray the portions of the tarp covered in mold with a high-powered hose. Scrub any mold spots you still see off the tarp, using a soft-bristle brush.

Step 3

Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and a few cups of white vinegar inside the spray bottle.

Step 4

Spray all the moldy parts of the tarp with the solution. Leave the solution on the tarp for approximately 15 minutes.

Step 5

Saturate a different brush with water. Scrub the tarp again with the clean brush.

Step 6

Repeat Step 2 to rinse the tarp.

Step 7

Hang the tarp outside in a sunny part of the yard until it completely dries. The sunlight and warmth prevents any reappearance of mold or foul odors on the tarp.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.