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Ultimate Boat Cleaning Tips

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Although it may look like your beloved boat doesn’t need special treatments, sailing through waters full of salt, minerals and seaweed can leave not so negligible damages on a boat’s surface and shorten its lifespan.  Fortunately, you do not need to master complicated techniques in order to keep your boat well maintained so we've put together what we think are the most useful tips which can help you keep your vessel safe and undamaged during boating season.

Clean the boat on dry place
To avoid cleaning agents spilling into the water and causing dangerous contamination, bring your boat to the land and clean it there. This way you’ll be able to approach every part of the boat and clean it thoroughly, but what’s also important here is your awareness about environmental safety.

Make your own cleaning products
Water stains on your boat’s windshield can be pretty annoying and hard to get rid of, but if you gently wipe the surface with a blend containing baking soda and toothpaste, you’ll have a spick-and-span appearance in no time. Use vinegar to clean moldy areas, and if you need a more effective window cleaner, make a spray of vinegar and warm water. You can also polish metal surfaces with a sponge and lemon oil, and if you need to remove ugly fuel stains, just cover them with baking soda and rinse after 20 minutes.

Boat sailing in the sunsetClean after each use
It’s recommended to remove salt or algae layers after every single usage in order to protect your boat’s varnish. Splash the boat’s surfaces with clean water upon docking, use a wet sponge to wipe exterior seats and windshield, but don’t forget to scrub the deck with eco-friendly detergent and a medium-soft brush. Before you store your boat, make sure you wipe upholstery and windows, and leave to completely dry.  However, if this seems like a complicated or time-consuming task, you can always hire a boat cleaning professional to thoroughly clean off your boat.

Liquid soap for easier sliding
Your boat will slide easier through shallow areas if you cover trailer bunks with regular liquid soap, while if applied on bottom surfaces, liquid soap can also protect the surface from scratching and ease the removal of pebbles and algae.
Say goodbye to rusty traces
Corrosion is not just unattractive, but it can also gradually “nibble” metal surfaces and cause serious damage. Since the boat is constantly exposed to water, the prime anti-corrosion measure is to keep your boat clean and dry after each trip. If your boat has ugly rusty traces around metal fixtures, a scrubbing mixture based on lemon and salt can nicely erase rust.

Ideal vinyl windows cleaning
Prior to fixing the damaged coats on vinyl windows on your boat, make sure you have cleaned it thoroughly. You should moisten the contaminated area with water first, wait for a few seconds and wipe clean, preferably with a cotton flannel. You should avoid detergent and use plain soap instead. Water spots can be very irritating, but as mentioned earlier, you will easily defeat them with a mixture of water and vinegar.

One of the greatest guaranties for a long-lasting lifespan of a boat is definitely proper and orderly maintenance, so before you start your next boating adventures, make sure your floating lady is clean and safe.



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