Taking care of a boat is an enormous responsibility—one that new boat owners often aren’t prepared for.
Even if a boat is brand new and usage is infrequent, it can still accumulate a lot of dust and dirt. Because it’s parked in the water most of the time, mould stains aren’t uncommon either.
To ease you into the process, here are some tips for boat cleaning that will help you keep your purchase looking as good as new.
Hard Water Spots on The Windshield
Hard water spots on your boat’s windshield are quite frustrating. A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water should take care of the problem, however.
Spray the mixture on the stains on your windshield and let it sit for about five minutes. This will give the acid in the vinegar some time to break down the water stains. Then use a soft cloth to wash away the rest. And voila!
Mould and mildew stains
It’s tough to get rid of mould and mildew stains on vinyl. And many new boat owners make the mistake of using a chlorine-based product; what they don’t know is that these harsh products can destroy vinyl.
Here’s what you should do instead.
Take a cupful of baking soda and add a little bit of hydrogen peroxide to it. Mix the two until you get a good, thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain and give the area a little scrubbing. Spray the area down with water and dry using a soft cloth.
Pro-tip: After you clean the vinyl, spray some UV protectant spray on the vinyl. It brightens up the vinyl surface and will help keep mould and mildew from getting back on there.
Sundried fish blood
This is a majorly tough stain to deal with. The best way to handle it is to give your boat a good coat of wax in the springtime, so it comes off more comfortably. The second course of action you could take is scrubbing and rinsing the fish blood the moment it gets on the gel coat.
But if you’re unable to manage that, don’t panic. There are readily available cleaners on the market that can help clean the surface, such as Bar Keepers Friend. These cleaners—while non-abrasive—contain bleach or oxalic acid, which means you’ll have to re-wax the area right away.
While your boat’s exterior and deck area are designed to handle tough stains and rough cleaning, the interior is a different matter altogether. It requires specialised equipment and expertise if you want to clean it thoroughly.
The staff members at Adam’s Carpet Cleaning are experts in steam cleaning carpets and upholstery interiors. Their skilled technicians can get into those difficult-to-reach corners in your boat, all while ensuring no damage is done to the upholstery.