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​How To Clean Boat Fenders


Your boat fenders aren’t just there to protect your boat. They also influence the quality and appearance of the entire boat itself. If you want your boat to look and perform its best, you’ll need healthy, clean boat fenders. Here’s everything you need to know to keep your fenders in great shape.

Understanding Boat Fenders

Your boat fenders are there to protect your boat. As such, they’ll likely get scuffed, marked up with debris, and maybe even discolored in the course of normal boat activity. That’s to be expected. The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to keep your boat fenders looking their best.

It starts with understanding your fenders’ construction. In many cases, fenders are made with an exterior of marine-grade vinyl. This vinyl is highly durable—and has to be—but it also means that you’ll want to make sure you use the appropriate cleaner.

Make sure that the cleaner you use is appropriate for vinyl and is approved for marine use. For example, VinyLife Vinyl Cleaner & Protectant is appropriate for boat fenders, which means that it will do a great job of removing all the debris you need to remove without harming the rest of the marine environment.

Once you know the best ways to clean these fenders—especially the proper tools for the job—then it’s time to better understand the process.

Cleaning Your Boat Fenders

Boat fenders can be surprisingly simple to clean. Here are some strategies to make the overall process easier on yourself:

  • Clean your boat fenders as part of your usual vinyl cleaning process, or when you clean the entire boat. If you keep a bottle of VinyLIFE handy, you should have no problem doing this along with the rest of your routine boat cleaning. Just include the boat fenders in the process and you won’t have to spend too much extra time.
  • Get the boat fenders out of the water. Your boat fenders are designed for use in water, of course, because they have to be out there if they’re going to protect your boat. But to clean them, you’ll want to use fresh water to ensure that you clean them out thoroughly and let the water wash out any debris and grime in the way. Make sure you have an adequate place to drain and rinse the fenders as well.

Other Boat Cleaning Needs

If you keep a handy boat cleaning kit full of the appropriate boat cleaning products, you’ll be able to clean items like your fenders with no problem. We recommend constructing a checklist of everything on your boat that requires routine cleaning. Once you cross every item off your list and dry the boat off, it’s ready for use once again. And because you used the right products, you’ll know that you won’t do any damage to your boat or the marine environment.

Don’t forget to keep browsing our boat cleaning and repair products to keep your boat in the best shape possible.


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

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