Soap. Water. Rinse. Repeat.
It might sound like something out of a cleaner commercial,
but far too many boat owners actually live their lives by the four words in the
sentence above. They figure that soap and water is enough for their car, so
naturally it must be good enough for their boat.
Boats are different creatures entirely. They live in the
water, which means they’re exposed to an entirely different set of rules when
it comes to grime and stains. And boats can be highly valuable investments,
which means you occasionally need to spring for something above and beyond the
usual “rinse and repeat” routine.
The only question remains: how do you find the right
supplies? We have a few ideas:
Bilge Cleaner: Your
boat bilge is one of the most important areas to keep clean—and one of the most
difficult. If you think soap and water is going to cut it here, you’ll have
another thing coming. Fortunately, effective bilge cleaner doesn’t have to
break the bank. Look for a non-foaming, biodegradable formula like our Bilge
Brightening, polishing, and protecting aluminum requires more than a casual
wipe. It requires a cleaner that reacts well with aluminum, which can be a
notoriously fickle metal. If you don’t want to do more harm than good, buy a
specific aluminum cleaner you can trust.
Fiberglass Powder Cleaner: Look for
something in the “heavy duty” department when it comes to your fiberglass.
Fiberglass is really the lifeblood of your boat’s attractive
appearance—anything that stains it or harms it will reflect on your entire
boat. It’s a good idea to have dedicated fiberglass powder cleaner handy for
when you first spot those unsightly stains.
Boat Cleaner: Soap
and water? It’s not quite that simple. This general boat cleaner is
environmentally safe, which is a critical component of any cleaner you’ll use
to keep your boat looking fresh and new. Since this won’t remove any wax from
your fiberglass, you won’t have to worry about coordinating your waxing and
your cleaning efforts.
Live Well and Bait Well Cleaner: Your well is exposed to living
creatures, so it’s going to need to be cleaned on a fairly regular basis if you
want it to look (and smell) fresh. That’s why this cleaner also deodorizes:
sometimes, a foul odor is the most important reason to clean.
Stainless Steel Cleaner: Stainless steel has an appropriately
steely reputation, but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious to grease and stains.
If you really want to find the best boat cleaning supplies, you won’t have to look too far. Now that you know boat cleaning
is more than a simple “apply soap and rinse” proposition, you’ll have the
cleaners you need to make it feel that easy.