The ultimate guide to boat cleaning and Maintenance

Author: Sea Renity Marine Boat Accessories Perth  Date Posted:27 October 2023 

Complete boat care guide: clean Strataglass, teak decks, hulls & beyond. Discover top marine cleaning solutions for vinyl, carpets, glass, engines. Ensure your vessel stands out. Elevate aesthetics and durability for a memorable marine journey every time.

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How to Clean All Areas of your Boat

Maintaining the pristine condition of marine vessels is more than just a task; it's a testament to care, value, and pride. The right cleaning products can significantly enhance the lifespan, appearance, and functionality of these seafaring assets. Given the vast array of marine cleaning solutions available, it's vital to select ones that are precisely suited for specific boat needs. Here's an improved guide to the best cleaning products tailored exclusively for marine care:

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Interior view of a boat's cockpit with a clear windshield and protective clears overlooking the marina, featuring a control panel, white seating, and a blue canopy above.

Strataglass isn't just a protective layer; it sheilds as well as provides clarity. For its optimal care, Strataglass Protective Cleaner is unmatched. Specifically formulated, it ensures your boat's vision remains clear and radiant.

To apply, spray the product on the surface and use a microfibre cloth or cotton cloth to rub in a circular motion until the surface is dry.

Boat Seats and Cushions Care:

Professional cleaner in black gloves scrubbing a boat seat with a wooden-bristled brush, focusing on removing dirt from the gray upholstery.

Marine vinyl is unique and requires specialised attention. A vinyl cleaner is your go-to for thorough cleaning. Afterwards, a vinyl guard is great to ensure your vinyl stays long-lasting, and with its protective and rejuvenating features, your marine seating remains brilliant and resilient.

Be careful when using other cleaning products, as they could cause harm to your vinyl, leaving it cracking and stained. We recommend using a product listed for vinyl and doing your research.

To apply, Spray the product onto a soft cloth or microfibre cloth to avoid overspray. Apply the product to the surface, spreading it evenly and ensuring to wipe all excess off. Afterwards, repeat the process for the guard to ensure long-lasting vinyl.

Keeping Your Carpets Clean:

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Carpet stains and odours on your boat? Say no more. The Ultimate Carpet Clean is your solution to breathe new life into your boat's carpeting. This cleaner is formulated to tackle the toughest marine stains, from oily residues to stubborn fish blood.

And to apply it is simple: spray it directly onto a stained or dirty area and allow it to sit and do it's thing. Scrub the area until it is clean. For outdoor carpeting, lightly scrub with a deck brush and rinse the product.

Exquisite Teak Decking Maintenance:

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Teak decking exudes luxury on any vessel. For its upkeep, nothing beats the KLEEN-A-DECK TEAK CLEANER, which removes all dirt buildup and comes in different litreage. 
Afterwards, a KLEEN-A-DECK TEAK BRIGHTNER does the job of brightening teak and other fine woods, highlighting wood grain, and enhancing warm natural colour.
Finally, PREMIUM TEAK OIL ensure that your deck has ultimate protection from sun and weather and dries quickly, this product completes the whole deck restoration and cleaning giving you a beautiful-looking deck to enjoy all your boating journeys.

To Apply:

1. Wet the deck with water, then apply Kleen-A-Deck cleaner evenly with a brush or roller. Leave for 5 minutes and let it work its magic. Afterwards, agitate with a stiff brush, ensuring the deck is wet the whole time. Finally, rinse the deck.

2. Immediately after the deck is still wet, apply Kleen-A-Deck teak brightener using a soft brush or sponge. then wash off thoroughly.

3. Lastly, apply teak oil to a dry teak surface using a clean cloth, sponge, or brush. Follow the direction of the wood grain during application to maximise penetration of oil into wood. Wait 5 minutes, then wipe with a clean cloth to remove excess oil.

Pristine Hull Preservation:

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The hull is the foundation of a boat's aesthetic. Restore its unparalleled sheen with Kleen-a-hull, which tackles all imperfections without affecting the gloss of your boat. For challenging scuffs, Scuff Orf is your trusted companion.

This product is great for preparing to Cut N Polish, to detail your boat, as it cleans the surface, making the cutting stage a breeze.

To apply:
Dilute 10 to 1 with water for general use. For severe rust areas or to act as a rust converter, use neat (do not dilute). It is always recommended to test the product in a small, inconspicuous area before general use.


  • Fibreglass: Using a brush or spray gun, apply to an area starting from the bottom, working upwards. Agitate with a soft brush, and in normal conditions, wash off after 10–15 minutes. Do not apply it to a hot surface or allow it to dry.
  • Steel and Chrome: Kleen-A-Hull will convert rust to these surfaces. Simply brush or spray on and leave until rust is removed. Do not wash it off. Severe rust may need a second application.


How to Clean a Fiberglass Boat:

Regular upkeep is essential for the gelcoat of a fiberglass boat to retain its luster and integrity. A simple weekly rinse can go a long way in warding off the dulling effects of dirt and outdoor exposure.

Post-voyage, especially in the ocean's saltwater, it's important to wash down your boat with fresh water. To prevent any accidental damage to the gelcoat, refrain from using a hose with a metal nozzle.

When it comes to deeper cleaning, choose a cleaner designed specifically for boats and use it sparingly—only when the boat appears dirty. Some popular products are Sudbury Boat SoapBoat Wash and Wax and Ez-On Ez-Off, Hull and Bottom Cleaner. Overuse of soap can degrade the wax's protective qualities over time. Keep a second bucket within reach to cleanse your cloth as you go, or have additional cloths ready to avoid transferring grit back onto the boat's surface, which could scratch it.

After lathering up, make sure to rinse your boat thoroughly. Dry off the gelcoat tenderly with a chamois or squeegee, and then lightly buff the surface with a soft cloth for a gleaming finish. Adhering to this care routine will ensure that your boat remains in peak showroom condition.

How to Clean an Aluminium Boat:

When Cleaning up an aluminium boat, it's important to use a specialized marine aluminum cleaner to eradicate stains at the waterline and combat the effects of oxidation, ensuring that the boat's surface remains unharmed. Applying a cleaner that is too harsh can result in chemical etching, leaving behind unsightly, uneven patches.

For effective stain removal, apply even pressure while using a scrubbing pad. Since most aluminium cleaning solutions incorporate acids to peel off oxidation and stains, it's crucial to protect yourself by wearing gloves that resist chemicals and safety goggles. To prevent the formation of indelible drip marks on the aluminium, commence the cleaning at the lowest point of the section you're addressing and move upwards incrementally. It's essential not to let the cleaner dry on the surface; continue to wash it off with fresh water immediately after you've finished cleaning a section.

Every few weeks, it's advisable to thoroughly wash your aluminium boat with fresh water to eliminate surface pollutants that could potentially contribute to the oxidation process.


An All Around Boat Cleaner:

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The All Over Marine Wash eliminates the need for multiple products. Whether it's the deck, sail, galley, or vinyl, this solution ensures every nook and cranny gleams.

For light cleaning, apply 1 cup to 5 litres of water; for hard cleaning, have a 50/50 ratio. Apply the solution and agitate with a soft brush, sponge, or cloth. Leave to soak for several minutes before hosing or wiping off with a wet cloth.

Mirror-Like Glass & Chrome:

Person cleaning a yacht's windshield with a brush and soapy water, with a blue bucket and ropes on the deck under a clear sky.

Crystal-clear windows and shiny fittings elevate a boat's aesthetics. For this, the Motortech Streak Free Glass Cleaner is perfect. Additionally, the eco-friendly BC04 excels at keeping all glass and chrome surfaces on your vessel immaculate.

To apply, shake well and spray a fine mist onto surface from a distance of 15-20cm Wipe off with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Engine & Bilge Deep Clean:

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Engines and bilges can be repositories of grime. Choose the eco-conscious Engine & Bilge Cleaner, championed by Broome's pearling industry, to tackle these areas without harming the environment.

To Apply, For normal bilge clean-up, add 2 litres of engine & bilge cleaner to each 25 litres of bilge water. leave for several hours. pump out and then rinse. If you are cleaning bulkheads, engines, plant or below decks, apply spray or brush, leave for 15 minutes, and then jet off with water.

In Conclusion:

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A boat's grandeur is in its details, and the right cleaning product is the key to unlocking this elegance. This guide provides a curated list of elite marine cleaning solutions for all your boat's needs. With these in your arsenal, achieve an unparalleled clean that stands out on the waters. Embark on a journey of impeccable marine cleanliness today!

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