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dirty grease stains on cabin cushions

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so I just bought my hunter 212, and I'm pretty happy for someone who is so far mainly spending his sea time scrubing and cleaning. which is ok, when the cleaning works....here's my gripe:

The boat came w/ a set of very dirty cushions (cabin and cockpit), the cabin cushions are made out of plastic/leatherette material, cockpit cushions are plastic mesh. Now I've cleaned and scrubed them to death, and most of the stuff has come out (used Oxy Clean), but some of the more stubborn black dried oil/grease type of stains on the cabin cushions are refusing to go no matter how much I soak/scrub. Any idea on a cleaner that would take care of that?
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I had accidentally smeared grease on the vinyl upholstered seats of a boat we owned some time ago (4 boats back). I had read somewhere that after covering the area with a white cloth soaked in a 3% solution of
hydrogen peroxide and leaving from 30 minutes to overnight, the stains would disappear.

This did the trick with us - but they were fresh stains. Don't know how effective this would be with old grease.

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Try spraying the stains with WD40 or kerosene, which should help soften the grease/oil. Then after wiping as much off as possible, do what TB said.

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yeah, peroxyde and baking soda..... magic solution i've used many a times to get pet stains off my sofa cushions (note: ONLY use on white!)

I figured from the smell that oxy clean is problably close to being the same stuff, except it's color safe. But then I venture that since this is a synthetic fabric, I shouldn't be too worried about the color being affected (navy blue)

I'll try it, with some WD40 first, thank you both
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Re: dirty grease stains on cabin cushions

zemaniak, can you answer a bunch of questions of a new 212 owner? thanks
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Re: dirty grease stains on cabin cushions

If they are vinyl then MEK will do the best of anything I've ever used - moisten a clean cloth & scrub - it will soften the vinyl temporarily.

Then go over them with a vinyl conditioner like Armor All.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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