Do you like water and sunshine? The answer would be no if you are a boater. Wondering why those people don’t like them? Particularly to keep their boat in a good shape. Excess exposure to sunlight fades hulls, waterlogged upholstery and compartments give rise to mould and mildew. However, to keep your boat looking attractive and youthful, there’s a lot you can do. Let’s have a look.
What’s Mould and Mildew?
A fungus that looks furry and has a round shape, mould has a rank smell and is musty. Mildew is a mould’s form that looks like a thin coat of grey, yellow, white, or black powder. Follow these tips to ensure safety for your boat.
- Keep the Boat Gear Dry: Ski gloves, waterlogged gear, and wet life jackets provide suitable conditions for mould and mildew growth. You should unload the moist gear and let it dry in the open air outside the boat.
- Upholstery: Avoid polishes and vinyl cleaners that contain alcohol. Clean the upholstery with liquid soap, then spray and rinse with a protectant.
- Gelcoat Cleaning: Use cleaners with chelating agents as they can easily wash at the molecular level, pushing the dirt out. You can apply Gelcoat-friendly things for around 2 hours.
- Aluminium Care: Water and sun exposure fades the shiny aluminium. You need a stain remover for restoration. Apply a polish afterwards to prevent the finish and prolong the shine. Ensure that you follow product use directions and start with a tiny inconspicuous area at the hull’s bottom.
And there are many more tips you can learn from professional aluminium boat manufacturers in Australia.