Itâ€™s that time of year again.Â The time for summer to wind to a close, the time for children to pack off to school, the time to say farewell to outdoor camping and adventures and the time for packing your boat away for the colder months.Â But, as you get ready to bid farewell to your boat for another cold Utah winter, here are a few important tips you might want to remember to keep your boat covers in good shape so they will be ready when next summer rolls around.
Make sure to clean your boat cover thoroughly before storage. It can be a hassle but cleaning can be fast, easy and rather painless if done regularly. Here are the quick and dirty steps: 1) Brush off all dirt and debris, 2) lightly hose down, 3) scrub lightly with a soft bristle brush, 4) and make sure itâ€™s dry before packing away. Itâ€™s as easy as that.
Beware of Soap
A quick warning when cleaning: be careful which soaps or cleaners you use because they may contain harsh chemicals that can remove the boat covers waterproof finish.
Preventing Nasty Mildew
Mildew is often a boaterâ€™s worst nightmare.Â Itâ€™s smelly, corrosive and damaging.Â You should take every precaution possible to protect your boat cover.Â Mildew spreads fastest in humid, warm climates so make sure you store your cover in a clean, dry place and let your cover dry completely before packing it away. If you do suffer the misfortune of having to deal with mildew matters, you can clean your boat cover using a mixture of vinegar, borax and water.
Make sure to reapply spray on fabric protectants every one to two years depending on the extremity of the climate.Â Donâ€™t saturate the cover, just make sure you spray everything thoroughly and evenly so your boat cover is protected from water, weather and other damage.
Maintaining your boat coverâ€™s health isnâ€™t anything extremely difficult or time-consuming.Â Just make sure to follow these basic steps to keep your boat cover strong and durable so that you can get the most out of your boating experiences.