You love your boat; therefore you would most certainly want to take every measure to take care of every part of it. Boat upholstery is one such area that requires extra attention. It is one of the most heavily used areas of your boat. At the same time it is a component that is exposed to lots of environmental hazards on a regular basis. We all know how damaged or worn down seats will look on your boat, and not to mention the disadvantages you will face by not being able to use them. For this reason it is best to keep the upholstery on your boat clean and maintain them on a regular basis. It is often recommended that you carry out periodic surface cleaning, preferably after every use, and also carry out one or two deep cleanings very year.

Taking Care Of Marine Vinyl Upholstery

  • Cleaning the surface
  • The growth of mildew is one of the most common problems faced with in upholstery of a boat. Even in boat interior upholstery, the growth of mildew can occur when moisture tends to accumulate. Also when the boat is not in use, mold and mildew can start to grow. The use of harsh detergents is not required to remove such growth. A mild solution of hydrogen peroxide diluted with water will be adequate for such cleaning. Scrubbing the surface with a soft bristled brush will remove any signs of residue as well.

  • Protecting marine vinyl upholstery
  • Just as cleaning off dirt, debris and any other stains off upholstery is important, you must also take care to provide protection to the surface. There are many options of vinyl protectants available in the market such as 303 Aerospace Vinyl Protectant. You should apply such protectants on boat interior upholstery to protect the surface from drying out and other damage caused due to exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun.

    Maintenance Vs. Replacement Of Boat Upholstery

    While carrying out your own maintenance of marine upholstery will be advantageous, you should also watch out for any areas that need to be repaired. There are a few professional upholstery repair services you can get in touch with for such work or even the local material supply shop could direct you to a good specialist. Also replacement may always not be the most desirable option but where the damage is too much to repair, this would be the best option to go with.

    Author's Bio: 

    Jerome Julian is writing about marine products and Marine Upholstery based on his working experience with Birdsall Marine Design, the a boating products supplier in West Palm Beach.