Keep your vinyl clean and stain-free

Hey Lake County boaters! The vinyl on your boat is tough and made for exposure to the elements. But it’s not indestructible. It needs regular cleaning with the proper materials or it will stain, discolor or start cracking. Here are some helpful hints:

  • For light cleaning, make a solution of ¼ cup mild soap to 1-gallon fresh water.
  • Using a soft cloth, wipe vinyl in a circular motion. Try to avoid pooling water into the seams. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean towel.
  • For deep cleaning, once the upholstery is free of dirt and thoroughly dry, apply a quality vinyl cleaner and dry with a soft cloth.
  • For UV protection against fading, use an approved protectant (like 303 Areospace). Spray on vinyl, then use a soft cloth to dry.
  • Mildew is a constant problem. If mildew stains form, use a deck brush with medium-soft bristles and scrub with a water and ammonia mixture of 4 parts water to one part ammonia, and follow with a freshwater rinse and dry.
  • Never use harsh cleansers such as: bleach, Windex, Simple Green, Murphy’s Oil Soap. or silicone-based formulas—they will break down the vinyl.

When properly maintained, the marine vinyl on your boat will last and look great for many years.


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