Thursday, January 31, 2013

Boat Cleaning Tips And Tricks For Boat Owners

Buying a boat is going to be a big investment and it will be in your interest to know the proper boat cleaning procedures so you can keep your vessel in tip-top shape. A clean boat looks well-maintained which will be an advantage if you want to sell your boat later on. It is also a great pleasure to take a smart-looking boat out.

What You Need to Clean a Boat

If you will clean your boat yourself, you'll need some cleaning materials first. If your vessel is made of fiberglass like most boats, you will be required to use certain cleaning materials that won't damage the surface. Don't use hard bristle brushes or harsh cleansers. Visit stores that sell boat cleaning materials and see what they offer for cleaning sea vessels made of fiberglass.

Some things you'll need to buy are a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from cleaning solutions and dirt, soft and medium bristle brushes, clean absorbent white rags or towels, degreasers, marine cleaner or boat cleaning solution that is also biodegradable, cleaning solution for vinyl upholstery, boat wax, metal polish, mops, buckets, garden hose or pressure washer, and sponges among other things.

Boat Cleaning Tips

Use fresh water to clean your boat. It will be easier to use a power washer to wet and rinse your boat than using a garden hose. A power washer can decrease your cleaning time to half or more. The water pressure can also get rid of a lot of dirt before you start scrubbing and can remove dirt from narrow crevices better.

Avoid using hard bristle brushes or sand paper to get tough dirt out. The surface of fiberglass boats may become damaged with rough cleaning tools. If dirt or stains are difficult to remove, opt to soak the area in degreaser for several minutes instead of trying to scrape or scrub them out right away.

Easy Maintenance Tricks

Try to rinse your boat with fresh water after each trip, especially if you take your boat out into the ocean. Sea water is corrosive and leaving remnants of salt water on your boat can damage it. Ocean water also leaves a yellowish stain on your boat's surface.

After you've cleaned your boat, you should dry it thoroughly and apply marine or boat wax to protect your vessel longer. After applying wax, polish it till the white waxy material disappears. Aside from making your boat's surface shine like new, boat wax will prevent oxidization stains from sticking to your boat's surface.

Boat cleaning can be a tedious and tiring job and if not done correctly and can lead to damage to your vessel's interior and exterior. Professional boat valeting companies are experts in this task and can get a boat cleaned quickly and efficiently by using industrial cleaning materials and equipment. You might want to consider getting a pro to clean your boat if you lack the time and equipment to do it.


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