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​How to Spot-Clean Your Boat Hull



You do all you can to ensure that your boat’s gelcoat is strong. You polish and wax your boat, staying careful not to use any boat cleaning products that might damage the wax and give you more headaches than they’re worth. But what do you do when you have one specific stain or spot that needs to be removed as soon as possible? What are your best practices then? With the right boat cleaning products in hand, spot cleaning doesn’t have to ruin your afternoon.

Investing in the Right Boat Cleaner

If you regularly maintain your boat’s gelcoat with a proper polish and waxing, then your priority when cleaning is not to damage the work you’ve done. That means you’ll want to invest in a boat cleaner that doesn’t do more damage than it’s worth—in the form of a specified Boat Cleaner from BoatLIFE®.

Why Boat Cleaner over any ordinary soap-and-water solution?

  • Cleaning without removing wax from fiberglass. Even in spot-cleaning situations, your priority should be maintaining the quality of your fiberglass. Using an abrasive chemical or even an ordinary soap can remove some of that wax, leaving the spot clean but less protected in the future.
  • Environmentally safe . When you spot clean, you don’t have time to think about the environmental ramifications. But if you purchase an environmentally safe and biodegradable formula for your spot cleaning, you won’t have to.
  • Versatility. You should be able to use a boat cleaner on just about any spot; after all, spot-cleaning is all about expecting the unexpected. Boat Cleaner can be used anywhere on your boat with similar performance.

Having the right cleaner standing by will be half of the battle against individual spots and stains. But a few tips will help the cleaning process go even more smoothly.

Tips for Ongoing Spot-Cleaning

Keep the following in mind, and you’ll be ready to maintain your boat even when stains come out of nowhere:

  • Keep the cleaner handy. A lot of boat owners keep their essential cleaners docked on land. But if you keep your cleaner safely tucked away in the boat itself, you can always grab it at a moment’s notice.
  • Don’t forget an ounce of prevention. A pound of cure is valuable, but an ounce of prevention with LifeWax can avoid a lot of headaches.
  • Inspect your boat regularly. Spot-cleaning only works if you’re there to see the spot. Don’t let stains have a chance to set in. Instead, inspect your boat regularly after use to ensure that there’s nothing you missed. It will only take a few seconds, but can save you a lot of scrubbing time down the line.

Spot-cleaning your boat hull the proper way isn’t a massive chore, or even a headache. As long as you take the proper steps to be ready for it, you’ll have a high-quality boat hull as your reward. And don’t forget to polish and wax your boat every so often to keep the hull ready. With enough protection, you may find that spot-cleaning becomes a rare event.

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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