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I just posted information on a new cleaner product that I found at Dollar General Store, Totally Awesome Cleaner. $1 for a 20 ounce spray bottle and it will clean just about everything. I was even able to clean the nasty bow mustache stain from my boat which was from the tanic acid of the ICW in NC. That stuff is almost impossible to remove, but this cleaner removed it in seconds.

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+1 on the Totally Awesome. The stuff works amazingly well and is cheap!
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...I bought a cheapie $99 electric model and it is the best $99 I have ever spent. If you use a gas model, be extra careful as they may have too much power...
What's the PSI rating on your electric? I have a gas model with different tips to give you different PSI sprays. I want to use it on the deck of my boat but not sure how strong a spray I should use.
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Re: Deck stains

Mine is a 1500 PSI and I have 3 tips. I use the middle spray tip. No reason not to use a gas unit, just don't use too narrow a spray tip and start off with some distance from the deck and find your sweet spot of close enough to clean, but not too close as to damage the deck.
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Re: Deck stains

Bleach is your friend. Clorox Cleanup. Power wash is way too risky for my taste.
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Re: Deck stains

I live in the southeast and bird and spider droppings are the problem. My best solution is clorex cleanup. I put about a half gallon in a couple of gallons of water and use this to brush my old boat down. The clorex cleanup has some soap in it which allows it to cling to the boat surface. It will eat the organics up and not harm gel coat or fiberglass. A previous poster suggested soft scrub. Sorry, but don't use this or any other abrasive. After a period of time, Soft Scrub will remove your gel coat.
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Re: Deck stains

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Bleach is your friend. Clorox Cleanup. Power wash is way too risky for my taste.
That's why I bought a low PSI electric unit. There's risk in anything you do, including using bleach. Just be careful.
Try it once and you'll say "why haven't I done this before now"?
The guy directly behind me showed up the other day with different cleaners, rags, brushes, mops, etc. His boat was filthy. I offered him my washer and told him to put everything else away. He listened to my advice and his boat is the cleanest and whitest I've ever seen it and he has been at our marina at least 15 years. The smile on his face said everything. I came back to the boat later that day to find a nice bottle of Chardonnay sitting in my cockpit.
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