How to Clean Plastic Boat Windows

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Plastic boat windows can be made from several types of plastic. Each variety has its own set of pros and cons when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the windows. While most plastics can be cleaned using a simple solution of mild detergent and water, it is recommended that you consult your owner's manual for the manufacturer's specific cleaning recommendations before cleaning windows for the first time.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent (such as dishwashing liquid)
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth for cleaning
  • Soft cloth for rinsing
  • Soft, nonabrasive cloth for drying
  • 2 large pails or buckets
  • Place 1 cup of mild detergent in a large pail or bucket. Add 5 to 6 cups warm water. The mixture should produce a good amount of suds at the top of the bucket. Depending on the type of detergent you choose, you may need to adjust the amount you use, in order to produce the desired results.

  • Fill a second pail or bucket with clean, fresh water.

  • Soak a soft, nonabrasive cloth in the water and detergent mixture. Wring out the excess water before beginning to wash the windows.

  • Wash only one window surface at a time.

  • Use the wet cloth to wash one side of the the window thoroughly. Use a gentle circular motion to clean any dirt or residue from the plastic. Tougher areas may need a second washing, to entirely remove spots or stains. If the water from the cloth begins to appear dirty, or the windows appear to be streaking, wring the cloth out and resoak in the sudsy mixture. Do this as often as needed until the window surface has been completely washed.

  • Rinse all of the soapy residue from the window. Soak a second cloth in fresh, clean water. Go over the entire window surface with the "rinse cloth," ensuring that all of the soap mixture has been removed from the plastic.

  • Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to dry the window surface before moving onto the next window. This will prevent streaking and spotting on the plastic.

  • Use a commercially made "plastic polish and glaze" formula on the clean window to protect the surface from scratching. "Plastic polish and glaze" formulas can be purchased at most outdoor and sporting goods shops, as well as janitorial shops, and many hardware and Internet shopping sites. Using the product after each washing can help reduce your maintenance and cleaning time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use alkalis or harsh abrasives on plastic surfaces.

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