Apart from the deep cleaning which is required by seat upholstery, regular and routine cleaning would be very helpful to protect your boat seat structures from deterioration. As these structures are often a significant investment it is better to take care of them than having to undergo repairs and in the worst case go into costly replacements. These seats are often built using marine grade materials which means they are better at withstanding harsh marine conditions. Yet, a once or twice a year deep cleaning and regular maintenance would help you keep your boat seats in mint condition, longer.
Cleaning And Maintenance Tips To Follow
The first step is to keep mildew and mold off the marine seats. It is a common misconception that harsh chemicals are required for such cleaning but this is not a good approach to follow as these harsh chemicals could actually end up degrading the upholstery materials. Instead a simple solution of hydrogen peroxide mixed in warm water can be sprayed on. Once allowed to settle for about a minute it can be gently scrubbed and rinsed off. A mixture of soda and soap is also a good all-purpose cleaning solution which can be used in general.
Once you have rinsed the surface, always ensure that the surface is wiped down dry used a clean soft cloth. Removal of moisture off vinyl is an essential part of protecting the outer surface. Next air dry the cleaned surfaces to make sure all traces of moisture have been removed. After sometime, even the best quality vinyl would deteriorate causing discoloration, drying and cracking of seats. Therefore it would be useful to apply a vinyl protectant for further protection. Some of the best cleaning products available in the market include:
303 Products Cleaner & Spot Remover
Mild dish soaps
Fantastik products for vinyl surfaces
Things To Avoid When Cleaning
When you are cleaning a vinyl boat seat, it is also important to note the many chemicals which you should not apply to the surface. Strong chemicals such as bleach, chlorine-based cleaners should be avoided. Vinyl has a porous structure similar to leather. These pores are there to allow the surface to breathe, hence should not be clogged by any lotions and oils. Chemicals such as kerosene, gasoline or acetone are harmful as they can remove the marine topcoat. Silicone and petroleum based products should also not be used as they extract the plasticizers of vinyl leaving the surface hard and brittle.