How to Clean Boat Cushions

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Remove mold spores from boat cushions after the boat sits for the winter.
Remove mold spores from boat cushions after the boat sits for the winter. (Image: speed boat image by Wimbledon from Fotolia.com)

Many boat owners have encountered moldy vinyl cushions when the boat is uncovered for the first time in the spring. Mold spores thrive on the soap residue and dirt left on the cushions for a long period of time. They do not harm the vinyl and can be removed. The only way to prevent this from happening is to have the boat in a dry, climate-controlled storage facility.

Things You'll Need

  • Marine vinyl cleaner
  • Water hose
  • Gallon pail of water
  • Color-safe bleach
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Vinyl protectant

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Spray the cushions with vinyl cleaner and let them sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off the cushions thoroughly with water.

Mix a half a cup of bleach in a gallon pail of water. Scrub the cushions well with the water and bleach mixture using a soft bristle brush. Scrub the stitching with the toothbrush.

Rinse off the cushions and lay them in the sun to dry. Apply vinyl protectant to the cushions to shield them from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

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