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Cleaning Boats: They Need Scrubbing, So Get To It

Even though your boat spends most of its time in the water, that doesn’t mean all of the dirt and grease is getting washed off!

Cleaning boats is absolutely necessary to giving them a long life and looking like the star of the show when you’re out on the water. 

Keep reading to learn how to keep your boat clean.

How Frequently Should You Clean Your Boat

If your boat lives in the water, you should try and do a basic clean as often as possible, even daily if you use your boat frequently. The most important part to clean daily is around the line where the water hits your boat. Since the water is full of algae, plant, and animal life, little bits can get stuck to the boat and if not removed, the line can become permanent. 

When you dock your boat, use a microfiber cloth and a lot of elbow grease (hard work!) to clean the line. As much as it might feel like a lot of work now, you’ll save yourself a lot of time later on by doing a clean after every use. 

Doing a full clean of your boat depends on how often you use it. If you’re using your boat regularly (more than several times a month) it’s good to give your boat a full cleaning every couple of months. 

Boat Cleaning Agents

Boat cleaning products can give your boat that extra luster and shine.

If you’re doing some quick cleaning while your boat is docked, make sure that whatever products you’re using are safe for the marine life and plants. You won’t want to be boating somewhere with dead fish and plants floating to the surface, so make sure the cleaner is environmentally friendly!

Keep these products stocked to be able to clean your boat:

  • Scrub brush
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Stain remover
  • Wood cleaner
  • Grease remover
  • Vinegar
  • Magic eraser

These staple items will help you keep your boat picture perfect and ready for action!

Remember to use special boat cleaning products as others might remove the boat’s wax. 

How to Clean Your Boat

Now that you know how often and with what to clean your boat, it’s time to start scrubbing! 

The microfiber cloth should be used along the waterline as frequently as possible.

Every few months, remove your boat from the water and take it to a car self-cleaning station. Here you can use the power washers to really chip away any grease, grime, and dirt. This is also the perfect time to take your scrub brush and work away at areas of the boat that need cleaning but are usually in the water.

While your boat is out of the water is also the perfect opportunity to tackle the inside with stain removers and wood cleaners. Your boat will look new when it’s next on the water!

Liked Learning About Cleaning Boats?

Now that you know that you should be doing small cleaning jobs each time that you read your boat with soft microfiber cloths, and more intensive washes with special boat cleaner products every few months, keep learning!

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