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Interior Boat Cleaning 101

Interior Boat Cleaning 101


By purchasing patented, military-grade speaker covers, you’re doing more than most to extend the life of your expensive electronics.

But what about your biggest investment? Boat maintenance can feel like a full-time job, and we know you don’t want to spend more time cleaning than out on the water.

That’s why you need a basic routine — simple steps to take every time you dock your boat and call it a day. Here’s what we recommend to keep your boat looking new.

  1. Starting from the top and working your way down, spray your boat’s interior to remove loose dirt & debris. A pressurized hose nozzle should do the trick.
  2. Scrub fish blood and other tough stains with a long-handled, nylon bristle brush and a mild cleanser (303 Marine & Recreation Protectant, OxiClean, hydrogen peroxide, Bar Keepers Friend, etc). Your first responsibility is to do no harm, so with stain removal, gentleness is next to godliness.
  3. To prevent hard-water stains, use a 4 to 1 solution of water and vinegar on portlights, windows, and metal poles.
  4. To clean vinyl cushions, apply OxiClean powder or a sodium precarbonate and hot water solution. Let the powder sit for 10 minutes, then brush out loose powder. Biodegradable cleaners are best for wildlife — avoid bleach, ammonia, alcohol, or harsh solvents.
  5. For a final rinse, remove the hose nozzle to prevent beading, and dry thoroughly with an absorbent towel or chamois cloth.

man scrubbing inside boat with long brush

Of course, buffing, waxing, and polishing are needed to bring back that original shine, but these surface cleaning basics should be part of every boat owner's post-trip ritual.

Do the right thing, take care of your investments, and make sure to keep those speakers covered throughout the process!

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