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Old 02-20-2004, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just replaced my hockey helmet from 1996, and I was trying to figure out if I should sell it or what not. I look closer, and what I originally thought were sweat stains is probably mold. I've been putting my head in bucket of mold for the past... I don't even know how many seasons.

The question is, what's the best way to prevent or get rid of mold? I try my best to air out all my stuff after every game. I kept my helmet in a helmet bag, which is probably why the mold grew, but all my other equipment's dark, so I'd have to get a culture to detect any mold. What's the best stuff I should use on my equipment? Is there some type of hockey gear related spray that works? I could just blast all my stuff with Lysol...
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Old 02-20-2004, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Buy a disinfectant, I think Lysol may do the job if not try a diluted bleech. Somthing along thous lines. If the "mold" is right in the foam it will not come out. If its on the plastic part(shell) you should have no problem getting it out. All you can basically do is kill the mold at this point if its in the foam. Not to many people know this but the company's(Bauer, CCM, Itech) only make there helmets to last 3 years. After around 3 years the plastic on the helmet will actually lose a lot of its strength. Now obviously if your not playing that aggressive, you will get a bit longer out of it but that is the general rule of thumb. Also not sure if you noticed but after usally around 3 years or earlier your foam will start coming out. Its almost like the glue just gives(it knows). I wouldn't sell that helmet to someone else, for safety reasons, and plus if there was one thing besides a jock, I would not buy a helmet used.
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Old 02-20-2004, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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lysol seems fine to me
even diluted bleach might eat away at the foam and plastic of the helmet meaning that people would be less likely to buy it
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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lysol seems fine to me
even diluted bleach might eat away at the foam and plastic of the helmet meaning that people would be less likely to buy it
Oh, that helmet hit the trash as soon as I saw the mold. I wasn't going to sell it after that. I was more concerned with the other equipment in the bag that's been hanging out with my helmet. Mold spreads easily, especially in damp places like hockey bags.
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