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Top Tips for Cleaning the Vinyl Interior of Your Boat

You take it out on the water, bring it in, wash it, wax it, and try to do your best to make sure that it always looks like your dream boat. Then the unthinkable happens — one of your friends or family members spills their alcohol all over your beautiful carpeting, or you spill cleaner while cleaning your vinyl seats!

Proud boat owners know this feeling all too well and have learned to be very careful about who they have on their boat, and most of them have specific rules that must be followed from the time you step foot on their boat to the time you leave. Boat ownership can be just as exhausting as it is rewarding, so here are some tips to help you along the way!

Cleaning your vinyl the right way

You may think that using harsh chemicals like bleach on your vinyl is the way to go to but JUST SAY NO. The cleaning process can be straightforward as long as you take the time to maintain your boat after every use. High-quality and durable seats are essential for your boat, and boat seats manufactured by UES Int are the best in the industry. Remember these quick tips to keep your UES seats in mint condition:

  • Just use a damp cloth to clean the vinyl so that you can remove the grime, salt, dirt and other debris.
  • If you have mould or mildew problems that have stained the vinyl due to lack of proper care, use a firm brush with some ammonia and water mixture to break up the growth of mildew.

How about UV protection?

Nowadays, UV protection is a great sales benefit as so many people know that they need to have UV protection — not only on their vinyl seats but also on their body and practically everything else in their lives.

The intense rays from the sun will break down your marine interior. So before purchasing any boat always ask if the boat’s interior come with a high-grade vinyl that will protect against UV rays.

Choose your personal UV block with caution!

Whatever you put on your body will transfer to the vinyl in your boat. Pick sun oils and sunscreens carefully because some will leave oil marks and stains on the vinyl, which is quite challenging to remove.

Marine vinyl covers and seats are prone to cracking, fading and drying. The water, sun and regular wear all contribute to the vinyl’s wear very quickly. Any vinyl on your boat should be cleaned and protected on a regular basis to maintain it over the service life of your boat. Extended exposure to the sun, sand, dirt and grime build-up are all hard on vinyl.  

UV rays from the sun fade and dry the vinyl. Grime and dirt keep moisture on the surface of the vinyl, and together they both cause the protective topcoat to deteriorate, which can lead to mould and mildew.

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