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Cleaning and maintaining the boat properly


Your boat will lose its shine over time: rust stains, yellowing of the hull, mold and dark streaks slowly damage the various components and materials of your boat. In order to protect your boat or to make it shine again, regular cleaning and maintenance is highly recommended.

The most important

Every cleaning agent is intended for a specific application. It is therefore important to use a suitable product for the corresponding boat parts and materials. Some products are specially made for the hull, hull and deck; others to remove rust; still others to remove traces and grease and oil stains; others for greasing or to reduce fuel emissions. Your goal is to protect and care for materials such as wood, stainless steel, hoses, fabrics and plastic.

The individual components of the boat are exposed to different loads:

  • The hull is the part of the ship that suffers the most from environmental influences, as it is permanently in contact with the water. Over time it yellows and traces remain at the level of the waterline.
  • The deck must be able to withstand pressure (climate, activity and constant footfall by boat people, engine fumes in the harbors), which creates rust stains as well as traces and dirt.
    Despite its composition, stainless steel can rust over time. This can be explained by the constant accumulation and deposition of dirt or when stainless steel is in direct contact with a rusting element.
  • The teak is constantly exposed to environmental influences (UV radiation, storms), which dry out the oleoresin on the surface. The wood loses its original color and turns gray. Even after being oxidized, teak retains all of its properties.
  • Salt and sand deposits wear out fenders and hoses and become more porous. Sometimes there are traces of dirt.
    Fabric, vinyl and plexiglass can get marks, scratches and sometimes even cracks. Remember to store sun canopies, pillows, detachable parts, etc … protected from bad weather and to rinse them off after sailing and at the end of the season.
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Cleaning the boat step by step

After every outing at sea, it is recommended to rinse the boat with fresh water: hull, deck, hoses, fenders, stainless steel. You should wipe your pillows with a clean, damp cloth. This will remove all debris from your boat.

Clean the hull

Protect the aluminum parts well. Then shake the hull cleaner well and apply with a sponge or atomizer. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with fresh water. Heavily soiled surfaces may require a second application. For better results, this procedure should be performed at an ambient temperature of at least 15 ° C.

To protect a freshly cleaned boat hull and make it shine, you can apply a polish. Shake the bottle well before use. Gradually apply the polish in a circular motion with a clean cloth or buffing pad without applying excessive pressure. Wait for a haze to form, then polish with a buffing pad or a small electric polisher. Again, you shouldn’t apply too much pressure.

Apply a second coat after a month for better results. Applied in 2 layers, this product provides exceptional protection against rust and general damage. Oil, dirt and salt do not adhere to the surface and can largely be removed by simply washing.

Clean the deck

Use a special non-slip cleaning agent for the deck. It cleans and makes the deck shine at the same time. This type of product enables intensive cleaning without scrubbing: it cleans the anti-slip surfaces and all non-slip surfaces very well. It is enough to distribute the product well on the surface to be treated (deck + cockpit), let it act for two minutes and then gently scrub with a boat scrubber with soft bristles before rinsing everything off with plenty of water.

Eliminate rust stains

Spray the rust remover directly onto the surface to be treated, let it work for one to two minutes, then rinse off with fresh water. Stubborn stains may require a second application and a light scrubbing with a brush or cloth. Check the color fastness on a small hidden area of ​​the surface to be treated before you start cleaning.

Clean and renew teak

Teak is cared for in 3 steps: cleaning, renewing and oiling.

  1. Cleaning:

Teak consists of hard and soft wood. Scrubbing too regularly and intensely will wear out the softwood faster. Use a soft brush or a non-abrasive sponge and water for cleaning.

  1. Renew:

Sand regularly in the direction of the wood grain with a very fine-grain sandpaper.

  1. Oils:

The teak oil will impregnate the unevenness of the wood and renew the oleoresin. To ensure that the wood does not look too dirty, you have to replace it during every maintenance. Use a brush or rag to apply the oil.

Vinyl maintenance

  • If the vinyl is not too dirty: apply the cleaning agent with a clean cloth or sponge and scrub. Use a clean, damp rag to wipe the vinyl before the liquid dries.
  • Very dirty vinyl: use a nylon brush with stiff bristles and a large container. Dip the brush in the detergent and scrub. Brush the vinyl in small sections. Wipe the surfaces with a clean, damp cloth before the cleaning liquid dries. Keep doing this until the entire surface is clean. Avoid dripping on painted surfaces.

Maintenance of sails, sun canopies and bimini tops

Moisten the sail with water. Apply the sail and sun canopy cleaning agent with a clean cloth or sponge and gently scrub the dirty surfaces. Heavily soiled areas may also require scrubbing with a hard-bristled brush. Rinse with fresh water and wipe with a clean cloth before the detergent dries.

Caution: Avoid applying the cleaning agent to the areas that are not to be treated. Immediately rinse any areas that the product accidentally comes into contact with.

Cleaning inflatable boats, hoses and fenders

Wash the surface to remove salt, sand, and dust and dry well. Shake the bottle of protection and cleaning agent for fenders and inflatable boats well before use. Use a clean and dry cloth to apply this protective agent over a small area. Scrub them in circular motions for a uniform clean. Let the product dry and form a haze. With another clean and dry cloth, wipe this veil off again and make the cleaned surfaces shine.

Note: For heavily oxidized or dirty surfaces, apply the product with a stiff brush or a soft scouring pad.

Be careful with cleaning and cleaning products. Wear the appropriate equipment and read the instructions on the product or in the instructions for use. Before use, test the product on a small, invisible part.

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