You do a great job of maintaining your boat and keeping it
clean—above the water line. But when it comes to cleaning the bottom of your
boat, the entire prospect can seem like a labor-intensive chore. Fortunately,
with this boat bottom cleaning guide in your corner, you’ll have the tips and
strategies to make quick work of your boat hull so you can get back to doing
what you do best: enjoying your boat!
Find the Cleaning
Products to Fit the Job
It starts with matching the products to the labor. Since
your boat bottom is going to do almost nothing but interact with the marine
environment, you need environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies. That means
finding biodegradable formulas whenever possible.
is an effective general cleaner for a variety of uses around the
boat. Mixing it with water will give you a little more volume, which means you
can stretch your cleaner as much as possible. The product will remain a potent
cleaner and keep your hull clear of debris.
Steps for Effective
Boat Bottom Cleaning
First, get your boat out of the water and raised on a
surface where you can use cleaning products and gray water. From there, you’ll
want to tackle your boat’s hull with the following progression:
This will eliminate any buildup of salt, algae, or mold that might be present
on your hull over time. At the very least, it will eliminate dust and other
debris, giving you a smooth surface to wash.
. If you read our previous section, you know what to look for—you
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to see if there might be another section on your boat that needs spot cleaning.
- Scrub. Using
a large sponge dipped in your cleaning solution of choice, wipe down your boat
hull thoroughly, taking care to approach and even go above the waterline, just
to be thorough. Go in circles and don’t scrub too hard, as you don’t want to
damage your boat’s paint job.
Some professional boat cleaners will even recommend using a fresh
sponge to spot-rinse any areas where cleaner or debris is still holding on.
Once dried, this approach should yield a clean boat with as
few water spots as possible. But one more step remains if you want your boat to
stay in clean condition.
with a Proper Waxing
If it’s been too long since last waxing your boat, its fresh
condition after a wash is a perfect opportunity. Allow the most recent rinse to
dry. Then take an old cloth (or a power buffer, if you have a large boat) with
a spot of
Life Wax and rub
it gently—but thoroughly—into the hull. If you have extensive custom graphics,
After buffing out the wax, allow it to set before returning
to the water. You’ll now have a great looking boat with protection against sun
damage, rust, and debris—protection that could last you years.