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Cleaning Your Boat Seats

Even though marine vinyl is designed to resist mold, it is not made for withstanding the effects of accumulated dirt, sunscreen, residual soap, and water. Moisture from the air and sweat from bodies create an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow on vinyl surfaces. So, if you want to keep your boat looking amazing, then you have come to the right place. Mike’s Auto Spa experts share with you how to clean mold off the marine vinyl.

Select Your Cleaning Product

Before starting the cleaning process, you have to select a cleaner product. Mold-killing products come in many varieties. The most important thing is to read the label making sure the product doesn’t contain bleach. Unfortunately, this component spoils the stitching on marine vinyl. What is worse, bleach combined with sunlight will cause the threads that bind vinyl seat cushions to weaken and eventually disintegrate. That is why you should limit to using a mixture of bleach and water exclusively for smaller mold jobs.

marine vinyl cleaningAnother thing to take into account is that cleaners specially formulated for cleaning boat vinyl seats contain special ultraviolet blocking ingredients that will add extra protection to your vinyl surfaces. With that being said, here are the steps to eliminate mold from your boat vinyl surfaces:

  • Apply the cleanser onto the vinyl affected areas and let it do its job for at least 10 minutes. Always read the product label for more instructions.
  • Use a nailbrush to lightly scrub the vinyl as a soft bristle brush can help loosen particles adhered to the surface and eliminate mold located in crevices. Don’t forget to scrub the stitches.
  • Take off every trace of cleanser as mold spores can feed on almost any sort of residue, including soap.
  • Let the vinyl dry and then with the help of a clean towel, start buffing.

Finally, the secret to keeping your boat’s vinyl mold-free is to clean it on a regular basis. Don’t wait until mold and mildew have spread to various areas, rather tackle even the smallest jobs as soon as possible.

Should you need to clean your boat in Colorado, bring it to Mike’s Auto Spa in Westminster. We have a crew of experienced detailers that will make your boat shine again!