Caring for vinyl boat seats 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.
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. Also avoid alcohol-based cleaners, which can cause dryness and cracking. 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 non-toxic and biodegradable, so it's safer for you and the environment than harsh chemical cleaners. It's also clean-rinsing, so no chemical residue is left on the surface which could cause fabric damage or skin irritation.
- 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.
- Rinse. Damp-wipe or rinse clean. Repeat if needed.
- Dry. Allow to dry fully before using or storing.