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​How To Clean A Boat Engine


It’s the most important part of your boat. Yet how often do you make it a point to keep your boat engine clean and in proper working condition? Too many boat owners focus on keeping their hull shiny and brand new while they ignore the basic function of their motor. But there’s no reason you can’t clean your engine as part of a regular boat cleaning routine and have the best of both worlds. Here’s what you need to know.

Prepping Your Boat Engine for Cleaning

As you might imagine, the process for cleaning your boat engine starts with adequate preparation. This isn’t something as straightforward as your boat hull or even your upholstery, so it’s important that you take the following steps before you clean:

  • Make sure the engine is off and properly cooled. You’ll want to work with an engine that’s been off for quite a while to ensure that it’s as easy to work with as anything else on your boat.
  • Inspect the filters and see if they need changing. Your engine filters—such as the fuel filters—have a dramatic impact on the way your engine functions. Cleaning your engine is a great opportunity to have a look at these filters for inspection.
  • Inspect the rubber hoses. Your engine needs its connections in proper working condition if it’s going to function at its best. Inspect rubber hose connections as well.
  • Remove any debris first. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your boat engine, you might want to think about removing larger debris before applying any specific cleaning products. Clearing out this debris with gloves and paper towel will help you reach all of the areas you need to reach as you clean the engine.
  • Cover up any boat engine entry points that you don’t want to get water in. Waterproof, marine-grade tape or plastic are your best bets here.

With the engine properly prepped, you’ll find the next stage is far easier: cleaning the engine itself.

How to Clean a Boat Engine the Right Way

Boat Cleaner

Here are the essential steps for cleaning your engine:

  • Apply a de-greaser to the engine, which will help you clear out the grease that can make traditional cleaning much more difficult. Without this step first, you’ll find that a simple spray-and-wipe method won’t always work to your satisfaction.
  • Combine Boat Cleaner with water to create a mild solution that you can use to wipe down your engine.

Properly dried, make sure that you remove any waterproof tape you’ve applied and that you re-establish any connections you might have taken out during the cleaning process. You should now have a clean boat engine!

Want more products that can help you keep your boat as clean as possible? Continue browsing the boat cleaning products available here at BoatLIFE to cut down your cleaning time and maximize your enjoyment.

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

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