Top Cleaning Tips For Your Boat

Taking care of a boat is much like taking care of a car – a little routine care and maintenance can go a long ways towards keeping it looking new. Failing to care for your boat with a regular cleaning can lead to both exterior, and interior, wear and tear. Fending off the wear of use , and of the elements, will eventually start to show in the boat’s finish and equipment, ultimately lowering its visual appeal and potential resale value.

Rinse Your Boat After Each Use

One of the easiest and most important things that you can do to keep your boat clean is to carefully rinse the hull with clean, fresh water after each use. This is incredibly important if you use your boat in a saltwater environment, as the salt residue can damage the boat’s finish beyond simple repair. Even if you use your boat exclusively in freshwater environments, organisms in the water can attach themselves to the hull, and the contaminants of pollution in the water can be damaging as well. Marinas and harbors usually have a cleaning station on their property, making it a simple task to quickly rinse down your boat after use.

Regularly Wash Your Boat

As automobiles need regular washing to keep their finish looking the best that it can be, so too does your boat. Just as you would wash your car, you should wash your boat regularly with soap and water. Your local marine equipment supplier will carry soap that is made specifically for the purpose of washing boats and other marine equipment.

Keep the Carpet Clean

The carpet covering the floor of a boat is subject to a great deal of wear and tear with every use, but it is also easy to care for. When you’re cleaning your boat’s carpet, use a garden hose or, if you have one, a power washer to remove dirt and grime from the carpet. Then, if you have a wet/dry vacuum available to you, simply vacuum up the water and dirt immediately after spraying. If you’re using a regular vacuum, be sure to wait until the carpeted surface has dried completely before you begin vacuuming. These simple tasks take very little time and effort, and will pay off over time. As the waves beat at the shining sides of your boat and the sun’s rays reflect off its glistening finish, you can rest assured that your regular cleaning will keep it looking fresh and new for many years to come.

Jarvis Hall is a boating enthusiast living in Rhode Island. He has been blogging about marine supplies and boating equipment for over 10 years on various industry related blogs. Today, he works at Newport Nautical, a Marine Consignment store located in Newport.

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