A clean boat cover, free of mildew, makes a stored boat a more aesthetically pleasing sight. Many boat covers are made from woven acrylic fabric created to be resistant to mildew, but build-up still may occur. Mildew may be a cause of illness for persons coming in direct contact. Additionally, the spores create an unsightly view when presenting themselves on the cover of a boat. Cleaning off this substance, and hindering its return, can be a simplistic do-it-yourself project.
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Things you need
- Liquid dishwashing soap
- Soft bristle scrub brush
- White vinegar
Mix one gallon of water with 1/4 cup of dish detergent and 1 cup of chlorine bleach. Stir well.
Wash the boat cover with the solution. Use a soft-bristle scrub brush to remove the mildew from the area. Rinse well, not allowing the solution to dry on the cover.
Create a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix well.
Apply the vinegar solution to the cover and scrub with a clean cloth or soft brush. Rinse well, not allowing the solution to dry.
Tips and warnings
- The vinegar solution will deter growth of mildew on a boat cover.
- Never allow any cleaning solutions to dry on the cover. This may cause cracking.
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