An inflatable boat is all about convenience. It’s a simple,
portable, and easy way to get yourself out on the water to enjoy a great time. Until
it comes time to clean it. Suddenly you find yourself lost. You have no idea
how you’re supposed to clean this type of boat without letting it get dirty
again. Fortunately, there are some ways you can reduce the stress and labor of
cleaning—especially if you use the right products. Here’s how to clean an inflatable
boat the easy way.
Tips for Cleaning an
You’ve likely cleaned a surface like this before—just not in
this shape. That’s why many of our tips are focused on reducing the labor
involved and making the cleaning process as simple and thorough as possible.
Here are a few key tips:
- Use water
to your advantage. When you clean an inflatable boat, the key problem is
surface area. You have a lot of surface area to cover and you only have two
hands. That’s why it’s important to use water to your advantage. You might even
consider spraying down the boat with water to start. This pre-rinse can help
soapy water carry, cutting down on your work time.
- Work in
sections. Using the pre-rinse method, try to work in sections. There’s no
reason that you should have to spray the same spot twice. That’s not only
unnecessary, it will add to the total time it takes to clean the boat. Just
work on one spot at a time. This will also reduce how much of your boat
cleaning product you end up using by the end.
- Keep the
boat inflated. It may be tempting to think of a deflated boat as easier to
clean, but this is not ideal. You want your boat inflated so it’s easier to
reach every area. This is why so many people clean their boat before deflating
Want to make your inflatable boat cleaning session easier?
Here are some products to consider:
boat cleaner. Don’t just load up on soap and water. You want your boat to
be streak-free and spot-free when you store it. Otherwise, your efforts will
have been in vain. That’s why we recommend Boat Cleaner Quart.
Mixing this in with water will help you get maximum reach on your boat, quickly
getting rid of debris and other issues so you can simply wipe them away when
- A water spray bottle. This is optional,
but it can really enhance the experience. Remember not to spray down the entire
boat before cleaning, however, as this can lead to unnecessary work and a lot
of re-spraying down the line.
Spray and wipe—it’s a simple method, but if you handle
things right, you’ll be able to make quick work of even complicated inflatable
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