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​How To Clean Pontoon Boat Sides

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When you own a pontoon boat, the temptation is to focus most of your energy on the aluminum—and rightly so. The quality and appearance of the metal on your pontoon will have a dramatic effect on how it looks and performs. But what about those other defining portions of your pontoon: the boat sides? In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to clean pontoon boat sides without breaking the bank or spending too much of your time out of the water.

Common Pontoon Cleaning Problems

To start, let’s look at a few of the most common cleaning problems pontoon boat owners have, and how to solve them:

  • Black streaks. Black streaks are common on boat sides, and the temptation is to spray them off with water. But you’ll want to make sure you use the right solution to ensure that wiping the streaks away is as easy as possible. One fast way would be to use a solution of Boat Cleaner in a spray bottle for easy application and wiping off. The advantage: this cleaner contains a biodegradable formula that’s environmentally safe, giving you the confidence you need for quick work.
  • General cleaning and debris. What if you have a lot of debris and general cleaning needs? The solution above will help resolve most of your issues, which is why it’s such a good idea to invest in a versatile boat cleaner. You might also want to ensure that you have Aluminum Cleaner on hand for anything you might spot on your boat’s metal during the process.

  • Adhesives. One of the most frustrating things to deal with from the point of view of a pontoon boat owner is the adhesive. Anything from children’s stickers to higher-grade adhesives applied by a previous owner can get in the way of effectively cleaning your pontoon boat sides. What’s the low-frustration way to get around this? Use Release Adhesive & Sealant Remover, spraying it generously as you slowly peel back the adhesive to ensure that the stuck material comes off in one piece if possible.

Building a Cleaning Routine for Your Pontoon Boat

The best way to ensure that you get as much work done with as little effort as possible is to integrate a cleaning routine into your usual maintenance. If you already have a product like Aluminum Cleaner handy, you can build yourself a strong pontoon boat cleaning kit and keep it around for your regular boat maintenance.

You’ll also want to keep in mind the times and places that are best suited for cleaning your pontoon. Do you regularly bring it out of the water? If so, you’ll probably have no problem identifying a safe location for cleaning the entire boat. If you keep your pontoon boat in the water more often, you’ll want to make sure that you limit your cleaning and use environmentally safe products in an intelligent way. Keep browsing BoatLIFE to discover the great pontoon boat cleaners that can make your life easier.



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