This week we will take at look at some cleaning tips as we are getting ready for the upcoming season.
When it comes to getting out tough stains, your first responsibility is to do no harm. You don't want to turn a molehill into a mountain, so we recommend, where possible, to contact the manufacturer of whatever item you want to clean to ask for advice.
Problem: Stains On Vinyl Cushions
Whether it's stains from mildew or spider droppings, dirty vinyl looks bad and decreases your boat's value.
OxiClean powder, or its generic equivalent, offers up great results for removing stains on vinyl. Mix according to the directions, and gently scrub with a nylon bristle brush. Let sit for five to 10 minutes, then rinse. You can also try cleaning tough spots with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Avoid using products containing bleach; they will break down the vinyl and stitching over time.
Once the stains are gone and the material dry, finish with a sealer like 303 Aerospace Protectant.
Problem: Foggy Port lights
You clean your boat's plastic port lights over and over, but they're still hazy. The plastic is probably oxidized or scratched, so no amount of cleaner is going to cut it.
Clean the window using warm water with a squirt of mild dish washing soap added. Then squeeze some toothpaste or Brasso onto a clean, soft lint-free cloth (an old cotton T-shirt works great) and rub it onto the surface of the port light until the oxidation is removed. Wipe with a clean cloth. If necessary, use a plastic-safe cleaner to remove any residue.
Avoid using glass cleaner (or anything that contains ammonia, alcohol, or solvents) or dry paper towels for cleaning plastic port lights. After removing the haze, follow up with a water-resistant spray, like Rain-X, to slow down future oxidation.