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 Your boat is probably one of the biggest investments you have in your life, so you want to take good care of it. It’s also a source of pride when you’re entertaining family and friends on the water, so take special care of flooring, seat covers and boat covers, which show their wear first.

Tips on caring for your boat’s flooring:

Tip 1

Clean your boat in a driveway to ensure that the used water doesn’t pollute the waterway.

Tip 2

Know what the carpeting is made of. If you use any long-term UV protection or mold protectant, don’t use any chemical to wash the carpet that would reduce the effectiveness of these products.

Tip 3

Avoid car washes. Your boat’s high quality fiber materials may need more consideration than your car’s carpet. A high-pressure nozzle used for car washing can create holes or release glue from the carpet.

Tip 4

Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should clean the carpet.

Tip 5

Hire a professional cleaning service if the carpet is badly stained. Consider replacing the carpet with one of the many new flooring options.

DIY cleaning instructions:

• Start with a stiff brush. Don’t use water or other cleaning ingredients until you loosen all the dirt first. Use the broom to collect all the dirt and dispose in a dustbin.

• Use a cordless vacuum cleaner or wet or dry shop vacuum for heavy duty cleaning.

• Try to remove stains naturally at first, using water and white vinegar at a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle. Scrub on the stain using a stiff brush, then let it dry for 20 minutes.

• Use a water hose to finish the natural stain removing process. Repeat until stains are gone.

• Let the carpet dry under the sun, if possible.

• When the carpet is completely dry, use a stiff brush to fluff it up.

Flooring options

for your boat

 More and more boat flooring materials are hitting the marine market every year. What boat owners choose depends on their particular need for durability, cost and aesthetic value.

Wood

PROS: Durability, beauty, natural ruggedness

CONS: Slippery, prone to rot, expensively

Linoleum or vinyl

PROS: Tough, water-resistant, slip-resistant, easy maintenance

CONS: Can be hot in the sun

Specialty paints

PROS: Water-resistant, many color choices, inexpensive

CONS: Shorter life span, needs regular re-application

Carpeting

PROS: Inexpensive, comfortable underfoot

CONS: hard to keep clean, holds moisture, stains

Canvas

PROS: Durable, water-resistant, suitable for extreme marine environments

CONS: Might not be completely waterproof, will need to treat fabric treated, stretching and color fading may also be issues

Source: Betterboat.com

Custom boat covers — protect your investment

 Custom boat covers are more than an accessory for your boat; they are a necessity.

 Here are the benefits of using properly fitted boat covers to protect your boat:

• Keeps the boat clean from dust and debris

• Repels water and moisture

• Prevents mold

• Prevents fading to the interior caused by the sun

• Keeps animals out when boat is docked

• Discourages theft

TIP: A boat cover must be properly fitted and tight enough so there’s no gaps or folds that will trap moisture and lead to mold and mildew growth.

Source: American Boating Association

How to replace seat covers

Step 1: Find new material.

Step 2: Remove the old seat covers, identifying each one’s location with a marker.

Step 3: Use the old seat cover to trace a pattern onto the new vinyl with chalk on the material’s underside. Step 4: Cut out the new seat cover and set the seat in the middle of the new cover. Pull one side up and over the wood seat base. Set at least four staples in that side, but not in the corners.

Step 5: Keep repeating the process with the sides, front and rear, managing the corners either tucked or gathered.

SOURCE: Goneoutdoors.com

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