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Are you looking for easy ways to clean your boat? Here are a few common issues you may run across or are struggling with right now. But we have the tips for you!
1. Stains On Vinyl Cushions
OxiClean powder, or another generic form is great 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 can break down the vinyl and stitching over time.
Once the stains are gone and the material dry, finish with a sealer, 303 Aerospace Protectant.
2. Foggy Portlights
The plastic is probably oxidized or scratched, so no amount of cleaner is going to cut it.
Clean the window using warm water on a clean cloth with a squirt of mild dishwashing 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 portlight until the oxidation is removed.
Avoid using glass cleaner (or anything that contains ammonia, alcohol, or solvents) or dry paper towels for cleaning plastic portlights.
3. Dirty Bilge
A wet, dirty bilge can bring unwanted odors, and pumping out oily water is illegal.
Turn off the bilge pump and use a dry sponge to remove any remaining water. Pour in some kind of degreaser, like a gentle dishwashing soap. Add a couple buckets of hot water, depending on the size of your bilge. Use a brush to scrub the surfaces, being sure to get into the nooks and crannies. Suck out the dirty water with your wet/dry vac and dispose of properly. (Avoid dumping the dirty water overboard. Doing so can carry a hefty fine.)
Once your bilge is fully dry, add oil-absorbing pads in areas where grease or fuel could collect. This addresses ongoing leaks or drips right away.
4. Fishblood Stains On Nonskid Floor
The best method is to wash down any affected surfaces before the blood has a chance to dry. Try hydrogen peroxide or OxiClean (or generic equivalent) for really tough dried-on stains.
Thwart future stains with a coat of Woody Wax, which is safe to use on decks.
5. Hard water stains
Spray a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water, let sit for 5 minutes, then wipe off. Or keep a box of dryer sheets onboard. Moisten one with water, gently rub over the spots, then rinse for a sparkling shine.
Immediately after washing in a shady area, spritz the surface with a 4:1 water/vinegar mix. Use a wrung-out chamois to remove water droplets before they dry.
For more ideas, read our recent article “Evite Esta Estafa Circulando por Correo Electrónico”
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