Removing Mold & Mildew From Boat Seats



You work hard to maintain your boat’s sheen. But sometimes
you place such emphasis on the fiberglass that you forget the boat’s interior.
Your reward? Smelly and unsightly mold. Removing mold and mildew from boat seats
might sound like a disgusting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Armed with the
right know-how and the right products, there’s no reason you can’t make quick
work of the problem.

Don’t Create
Additional Work For Yourself


Many people start out by cleaning their boat seats with a
low-grade, low-intensity cleaner such as dish detergent solution to see if that
does the job. Unless your problem is very minor, you may as well skip this
step. If your mildew or mold problem is serious enough to cause odor, there’s a
good chance it’s already deep-set in your boat seats. You’re going to need a
cleaner with a little more heft to make quick work of it.

Avoid Using Bleach


Bleach is an effective cleaner that will indeed eliminate
mold when applied. The problem with bleach, however, is that when used wrong,
it eliminates more than mold. Bleach is so powerful that it can destroy your
seat’s attractive appearance. Sure, your mold problem will be gone—but is it
really worth damaging your upholstery?


It’s far safer to use a simple Mildew Remover that is
specifically designed for this purpose. Our chlorine-free and acid-free formula
won’t do damage to your seat like bleach. Because this Mildew Remover is safe
for use on fabrics inside your boat, you won’t have to worry about whether or
not you’ve used too much bleach in your solution. Just spray on, wipe off, and
enjoy a seat that looks and smells like new.

Preventing Mold and
Mildew from Growing


Once you’ve effectively cleaned your boat seat, you face
another question: how do you prevent this infestation from happening again? Mold
and mildew tend to grow when the conditions are ripe. Be on the lookout for the
following:

  • Plenty of moisture or humidity in the air. Mold
    and mildew thrive on moisture. If your boat is stored near lakes, rivers, and
    oceans, this is often a given.
  • Warm weather. Your boat tends to be outdoors
    longer in the warm weather, leading to the promotion of mildew growth.
  • Quick drops in temperature. Condensation that
    forms due to temperature swings can create a friendly environment for mold on
    your boat seats.


The simplest solution for each of these situations is to
stow your boat away in a dry place and never use it. That, of course, is
unrealistic. So apply some protectant to your boat seating instead. We
recommend
VinyLife.
This product is meant for vinyl seating, upholstery, and more—so don’t be
afraid to apply it generally throughout your boat interior. For other types of
material,
Boat Cleaner
can be used anywhere on your boat to maintain an odorless and fresh
environment.


Happy boating!

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