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Mould inside the rubber surround due to fabric softener build up. Unsure what to use to clean the rubber in case it effects it.

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You can use bleach and a rag or a soft bristle brush but once the mold has penetrated the rubber it's pretty hard to remove.
Good luck!

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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