How To Clean Moldy Boat Seats
If there is one thing that boats are always exposed to, it's water, which is why it's good to know how to clean moldy boat seats. Mold is an unfortunate side effect of water. Regular cleaning can help to prevent mold, but if it's already there, you need to know how to get the pesky stuff off. Sometimes it will come off quickly, while other times it can take a little more work.
- Start with the basics: soap and water. Sometimes mold is fairly easy to remove and can be simply cleaned off with soap and water. You can use whatever soap you generally use on your boat, or another strong soap, such as dish detergent. Use a bristled scrub brush and try scrubbing the mold from the seats. If that doesn't work, read on to the next step.
- Use a product designed to remove mold. Because mold can be so annoying to remove, they've made handy products designed just for that purpose. These can be found in most grocery stores, boating stores, convenience stores and drug stores. Most have some bleach in the solution. Read the directions carefully to prevent any harm. Also, make sure that the product you choose can be used on the material of your boat seats, especially if they are colored. If you are unsure from the label whether or not the product will ruin the fabric, test it on an inconspicuous spot. Again, read and follow all directions. Most products of this type will tell you to spray directly onto the moldy area, let sit for an allotted amount of time, and then scrub clean and rinse. These products generally do a very good job of removing mold.
- Home remedies. Hopefully the mold removing product will get rid of your mold problem. If for some reason that still doesn't work, there are a few other home remedies people use for removing mold. You could try using a stronger solution of bleach. Again, be very careful that your don't destroy or discolor your seats. And always read all directions carefully before use. Some people also let the seats soak in white vinegar and baking soda, let sit for four hours an then scrub and rinse.
- If all else fails.... you may have to buy new boat seats.