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​Removing Mold & Mildew From Boat Seats

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You work hard to maintain your boat’s sheen. But sometimes you place such emphasis on the fiberglass that you forget the boat’s interior. Your reward? Smelly and unsightly mold. Removing mold and mildew from boat seats might sound like a disgusting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Armed with the right know-how and the right products, there’s no reason you can’t make quick work of the problem.

Don’t Create Additional Work For Yourself

Many people start out by cleaning their boat seats with a low-grade, low-intensity cleaner such as dish detergent solution to see if that does the job. Unless your problem is very minor, you may as well skip this step. If your mildew or mold problem is serious enough to cause odor, there’s a good chance it’s already deep-set in your boat seats. You’re going to need a cleaner with a little more heft to make quick work of it.

Avoid Using Bleach

Bleach is an effective cleaner that will indeed eliminate mold when applied. The problem with bleach, however, is that when used wrong, it eliminates more than mold. Bleach is so powerful that it can destroy your seat’s attractive appearance. Sure, your mold problem will be gone—but is it really worth damaging your upholstery?

It’s far safer to use a simple Mildew Remover that is specifically designed for this purpose. Our chlorine-free and acid-free formula won’t do damage to your seat like bleach. Because this Mildew Remover is safe for use on fabrics inside your boat, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ve used too much bleach in your solution. Just spray on, wipe off, and enjoy a seat that looks and smells like new.

Preventing Mold and Mildew from Growing

Once you’ve effectively cleaned your boat seat, you face another question: how do you prevent this infestation from happening again? Mold and mildew tend to grow when the conditions are ripe. Be on the lookout for the following:

  • Plenty of moisture or humidity in the air. Mold and mildew thrive on moisture. If your boat is stored near lakes, rivers, and oceans, this is often a given.
  • Warm weather. Your boat tends to be outdoors longer in the warm weather, leading to the promotion of mildew growth.
  • Quick drops in temperature. Condensation that forms due to temperature swings can create a friendly environment for mold on your boat seats.

The simplest solution for each of these situations is to stow your boat away in a dry place and never use it. That, of course, is unrealistic. So apply some protectant to your boat seating instead. We recommend VinyLife. This product is meant for vinyl seating, upholstery, and more—so don’t be afraid to apply it generally throughout your boat interior. For other types of material, Boat Cleaner can be used anywhere on your boat to maintain an odorless and fresh environment.

Happy boating!



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N. Charleston, SC 29405
United States of America

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