Here are a few good tips for cleaning and keeping your boat looking like new!
- Choose the Right Cleaning Equipment - Ensure you have the right tools and materials for the job. Choose brushes that are sturdy and will get the job done, yet soft enough not to damage the finish.
- Select a Good, Environmentally-Friendly Soap - For marine use, you’ll want to select a soap that will be tough on dirt, grime, and salt, yet easy on the environment. Select an effective, biodegradable cleaning agent with a neutral pH factor. Be aware that certain "super concentrated" detergents may not be suitable for your boat, as these cleansers can strip away and damage finishes when left on for extended periods of time.
- Lather it Up - Before you think about applying any cleaning agents or touching the hull with a scrub brush, make sure you rinse the entire boat off completely. Whatever you do, never scrub a dry boat or you will risk damaging the finish or gel coat. Lather up with a sponge soaked in the soapy solution, scrub, and rinse sections of your boat at a time.
- Soak Things Up - Use soft drying cloths that are highly absorbent and will soak up water without stripping or scratching. Chamois cloths or drying mops made of chamois material are good choices. To avoid "spotting," be sure to dry off your boat immediately after washing and rinsing.