Join Date: May 2006
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
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... to bad smells. I had a HUGE smell problem and it required several days of thorough cleaning. Animals had been doing their thing all over the boat. I cleaned all the surfaces with bleach, then threw out all the cushions - still smelled. I cleaned off all the remaining vinyl and apolstry, had the head hoses cleaned, the tank pumped. He also ran clean soapy water back into the tank and I used a treatment on it - I used it at 2x the recommended strength. I used wood soap and Febreezed several times too. Then cleaned out all the closets and storage areas that were musty.
I started to notice a difference - I also kept all the windows open and let the sun in for the first 2 weeks this aired it out a lot. Yesterday, I got a bucket and strong soapy water and scrubbed the carpeting and then mopped it up with a dry towel. Also plan to have it steam cleaned soon.
Also, make sure to thoroughly scrub the decks with bleach - the smells there will travel in.
Now, the boat is totally neutralized. Long story short, keep cleaning and you may need to throw a few things out, but it is well worth it and makes time on the boat much mroe enjoyable.
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