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​Boat Cleaning Myths: What You Really Need to Know

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Most people understand how to clean, even in the complicated environment of a boat that’s constantly exposed to water and wildlife. It’s when people adhere to incorrect myths about boat cleaning that things go awry.

To that end, we’re attempting a different kind of cleaning. In this article, we’ll wash away some of the most common myths about boat cleaning!

“Boats are Supposed to Smell Funky”

True: using a live well and taking on tremendous amounts of river and lake water isn’t without its consequences. Boats are made for adventures, not for constantly smelling fresh. But that doesn’t mean that boats are supposed to smell bad. If you ever plan on having guests on your boat—and most boaters do—you need it to smell its best.

There are two specific areas you’ll want to target to keep your boat from smelling:

  • Live Well / Bait Well: Keeping fish and other creatures handy in a bait well obviously leads to your boat… well, smelling like fish. Use this Live Well and Bait Well Cleaner Quart to keep it clean.
  • Bilge: Dank moisture that builds up in the bilge might be considered the “basement” of your boat. Acquire some Bilge Cleaner to get that “basement” smelling fresh.

In short, keep the well and the bilge fresh and the rest of your boat will be much easier to maintain.

“It’s All About the Bilge and Exterior”

Keeping a healthy bilge and exterior is important. But it’s easy to forget about what’s going on inside your boat as well, particularly on the vinyl and the carpeting. Give your vinyl seat covers and upholstery a good cleaning every so often with VinyLIFE. This will freshen your vinyl and protect it from UV rays and fading.

As for the carpets, be sure to spray down with fresh water every so often, giving dirt and debris time to rise to the surface. Some boat owners even recommend using a power washer, working from the bow to the stern, to keep your carpets as clean as possible.

“All Boat Cleaning Products are the Same”

Anyone who’s ever used two types of cleaner on a carpet stain indoors know that one is more effective than the other. The same holds up for boats: not all boat cleaning products are made alike.

Knowing the difference between various boat cleaning products is just as important as knowing that there is a difference. When selecting your products, look for labels that offer the following advantages:

  • Biodegradable, environmentally-safe formulas
  • Protectants that offer UV protection, preventing sun fading
  • Emulsification (when applicable, including for your Test Tank Cleaner)

You work hard to maintain your boat. No boat cleaning myth should get in between you and a fresh, clean-smelling, healthy boat. Keep these debunked myths in mind as you select your next Boat Cleaning Product and you’re sure to be rewarded with a boat that looks—and feels—good as new.



Life Industries Corporation
4060 Bridge View Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29405
United States of America

toll free: (800) 382-9706
local: (843) 566-1225
fax: (843) 566-1275
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