Caring for boat vinyl is easy to do, provided you're committed to regular maintenance. Marine-grade vinyl is popular for boat seating cushions, as well as boat upholstery, headliners and hull liners due to its waterproof nature. But they're susceptible to sunscreen, food, dirt and mold stains, which are not only unsightly, but can have a deteriorating effect on the surface of the vinyl.
You should take care to avoid leaving any vinyl exposed for long periods in direct sunlight, as this can cause fading and cracking. Vinyl is a porous material, similar to leather, which can become clogged and grimy.
When cleaning on your boat, avoid using bleach, as it can deteriorate the stitching on marine vinyl. You should also avoid alcohol-based cleaners, which can cause dryness and cracking. Additionally, you should never clean your boat in direct sunlight, to avoid streaking and possible material damage.
To clean and deodorize your vinyl upholstery and boat seats, use a non-abrasive cleaner that won't damage the surface or clog the vinyl pores. Simple Green Marine All-Purpose Cleaner is biodegradable*, so it's safer for the environment than harsh chemical cleaners.
Directions For How To Clean Boat Vinyl:
- Wet the surface. Wet the vinyl surface with clean water.
- Apply cleaner. Spray Simple Green Marine All-Purpose Boat Cleaner on surface, and scrub with a soft-bristle brush. Do not let product dry on surface.
- Rinse. Damp-wipe or rinse clean. Repeat if needed.
- Dry. Allow to dry fully before using or storing.