You love your boat—in fact, you might call it your passion. But that doesn’t mean you cherish every single time you have to clean it.
Even the most dedicated of boat owners would often prefer to be out on the water and not rinsing, scrubbing, and waxing their day away. Luckily, cleaning your boat – and cleaning it effectively – doesn’t have to be such a chore. If you know what you’re doing and work with a little know-how, you can reduce your cleaning time significantly and get back to what you love doing most: being on the actual water.
Using Water to Your Advantage
If there’s anything boat owners know, it’s how to handle water. But many boat owners could do better by using fresh water to their advantage when it comes to cleaning. One of the best ways to ensure that your boat retains its original luster is to give it a quick rinse with fresh water after every trip. Spraying it down doesn’t take a long time, and if you make it a part of your boating routine, you’ll find that it’s not such a chore after all. What’s more, spraying down your boat with fresh water regularly will ensure that you’re not sweating as you try to scrub off hard set-in stains and other debris that could have been cleared during a regular rinse.
Use Biodegradable Soap
One of the ways to make your life easier is to ensure that you’re not using harsh (and sometimes illegal) chemicals on your boat. Keep things simple by using biodegradable formulas in your washing. Not only will this help with the washing itself, but it will make sure that you remain a responsible boat owner who cares about the lakes and natural wildlife in which your launch your boat on a regular basis.
Don’t Forget the Little Stuff
You get it by now: the more you wash your boat regularly, the less you’ll regret it later. But that also means washing as much of the boat as you can. Don’t let items like your windows become musty and stained over time. Instead, use a simple appropriate cleaning solution on these objects on a semi-regular basis. Even the most attentive boat owners can let stains set in if they’re not careful. Be careful, and your boat will thank you for it by looking good.
Clean the Boat Bilge
The bilge area in your boat can play host to some of the gnarliest, unseemly stuff that needs to be cleaned—trust us when we say that it’s better to regularly clean your boat bilge and ensure that you don’t simply make more work for yourself down the line.Of course, the easiest way to make sure that your boat cleaning goes as smoothly and easily as possible is to use the right boat cleaning products and supplies. Combine those with these tips and your boat should look its best –and for a much longer period of time.