February 25, 2019 2 min read

Tips For Cleaning Your Boat Cover

You've come back to your boat after winter and the boat cover is green or black rather than it's traditional blue or grey. Whether you've left the boat under a tree or winter has just done its worst to your boat cover we have some tips to getting that cover back into top condition.

Boat Cover Cleaning Instructions

What you're going to need

  • A brush such as a dustpan brush
  • Water (warm and cold)
  • Bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Delicate washing up liquid
  • Bucket
  • Somewhere to soak your boat cover
  • Optional: Pressure washer (but be careful)
  • Optional: Washing up gloves

Get started

  1. Remove the boat cover
  2. Give your cover a good brush off before you start ensuring you get as much of the dirt and other items off
  3. Either pressure wash the cover off gently from a distance or soak it in cold water initially
  4. Take your cover out of soaking and get the excess water off
  5. Get your bucket and make up a cleaning cocktail with 4 litres of warm water, 250ml of white vinegar, 250ml of bleach and then add 50ml of your washing up liquid
  6. Test a small area which can't be seen first to ensure this won't lead to discolouration
  7. With your brush start to work the cleaning fluid into your boat cover ensuring you cover all areas
  8. Leave the cover for 15-20 minutes for the cleaning solution to take effect
  9. Rinse the boat cover off with plenty of fresh water, you could also blast it off with your pressure washer gently
  10. Review your cover to see if it needs another go
  11. Repeat steps again if it's still dirty
  12. Ideally hanging it up, leave the boat cover to air dry
  13. Put the cover back on the boat and it should look as good as new

As stated above it's important to note that we recommend trying this first on a hidden area of the cover to ensure it doesn't lead to discolouration of your boat cover. Please also be careful with a pressure washer, don't put it too close to the cover.

New Cover

If your cover really has had it after you've made the attempt to put some life back into it then do get in touch, we provide PVC and breathable boat covers for most types of dinghy.

Questions about our boat covers?

If you've got questions about our dinghy covers or boat covers then please do get in touch with the team.

2 Responses

Graham Lamond
Graham Lamond

April 17, 2020

Be very careful about using a pressure washer, even on a low setting. I’ve used it on a PVC and canvas cover and each time it destroyed the filler in the fabric or removed the top plastic on the PVC, exposing the cloth support underneath. This was despite being as gentle as I could. It’s just too much power. Better to take the gentler (but slower) route and do it by hand. For a canvas cover, re-proof it with Fabsil. I’ve just done an old, but very sound Flying Fifteen cover which was letting water through. After treating with Fabsil, the water sits nicely on the top now. It’s easiest to do this on the boat, but if you do, I recommend protecting the boat with a plastic sheet first so the Fabsil doesn’t mark the boat, especially if it’s a varnished deck. Hope this helps!

Lesley Hunt
Lesley Hunt

September 23, 2019

I think you should add a pair of washing up gloves (without holes) to the “What you need” list.

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