Boat Cleaning Tips
It is summer in New Orleans and you and your friends take out the boat any chance you get. You remembered to always rinse your boat after every trip, but there are some pesky stains you don’t seem to be able to get rid of. Here are a few tips on how to tackle some of those annoying stains and how to keep your boat looking great in general.
What You Should Do
When washing your boat, always use biodegradable cleaners. Apply wax generously on all paint and gel coats. Experts recommend using pure Carnauba wax. Try to keep your boat covered when it is not in the water. Always use soft brushes when scrubbing your boat. Use a damp rug to clean bird droppings and be careful since seeds could scratch the surface of your boat.
Tackle Your Toughest Stains
Getting rid of mold and mildew stains on vinyl can be tricky. You can use a chlorine based product, but that can damage you vinyl. Try using “OxiClean” instead. Sprinkle some of the impacted areas, add some some water and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease to get rid of the stains. You will get rid of the stains without damaging your vinyl. Prevention is your best friend, make sure to put that coat of wax seal your vinyl to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Sun dried fish blood is tough to clean. The best way to prevent those stains is to give your hull a good wax coat in the spring time. This makes it easier to clean your boat all summer long. Try to rinse the blood off the moment it gets on your boat. If all fails and there is some dry blood on your boat, get some “Bar Keepers Friend”. Sprinkle some of it on the blood, let it sit for a bit, then add some water and start scrubbing.
Water spots on your windshield can be annoying especially after you just rinsed down your boat. Use a mix half water half vinegar to spray down your windshield and those water spots will disappear.
What Not To Do
Never use a pressure washer when cleaning your boat, it could damage your paint or gel coat. Avoid spilling gasoline on your boat. Remember your boat needs to be completely dry before using wax or other rubbing compounds.