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    Default Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    Hi,
    I was given a tip at the Soton Boatshow about using Borax to clean Algae off Teak. I have had a quick search on the forum and just find it is mentioned for use as a wood preservative/buffer/mold cleaner. Does anybody use Borax against the Algae on ropes/decks? Have bought some to try as is very cheap. Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    Have a quick read of the Safety Sheet here

    http://www.borax.com/products1.html

    Use the MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) column, and pick up the .pdf. The Hazard section 3 is relevant.

    Then ask yourself about the effect it might have on the aquatic wildlife.
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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    Stuff with the brand name Boracol seems to be the HR Owners Assoc favourite.

    http://www.hroa.co.uk/forum/viewtopi...c8b2f72629b082
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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    Used Briton Mould and Mildew Remover (MMR) to good effect in the past. 15.95 -> 5ltr
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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    Am asking partly because branded products like Boracol are partly based on Boron compounds. Re: Environment in previous mail: The boat is on the hardstanding. Also Boron in many cleaning products / uses/ and is a naturally mined Salt. (also used in food in China!).

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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    This stuff is available off the shelf from many garden centres.

    http://www.amenity.co.uk/webstore/pr...roducts_id=108

    Just spray on in dry weather and leave - don't brush, sponge or anything. One application at the start of the season lasts the year. My teak decks are still spotless, and I have never brushed or sponged them - just a bucket or 2 or salt water every week when sailing. This way your decks will also last.....

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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    [ QUOTE ]
    Am asking partly because branded products like Boracol are partly based on Boron compounds. Re: Environment in previous mail: The boat is on the hardstanding. Also Boron in many cleaning products / uses/ and is a naturally mined Salt. (also used in food in China!).

    [/ QUOTE ]The boron-based ingredient in Boracol is disodium octaborate - this is a fungicide and will basically kill mould. The other main ingredient in Boracol is benzalkonium chloride - this is an algaecide and will kill the green stuff. Using borax may help, but your question was initially about getting rid of algae, and something like Boracol could be a more effective answer. It's relatively inexpensive to use (in boating terms), and very good.

    As for what the Chinese put in food, you'll no doubt have heard of this week's death sentences for two of the people involved in the poisoned milk scandal!

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    Default Re: Use of Borax to clean Algae off decks/Ropes

    following a tip on these pages last autumn with a link to north sails i tried dilute dettol.Very effective on sprayhood,ropes and wood.no damage apparent.2 tesco

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