Cleaning / Washing Sails - Washing Machine ? Bleach ? - Page 2 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 Old 05-27-2010
KeelHaulin's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,662
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 13
As I said before BE CAREFUL. Washing with a pressure washer is NOT being careful. You will blow holes in the fabric and destroy the resin that is in the fabric to keep it crisp and tightly woven. Holes in the fabric will reduce the pressure differential across the sail surface and it will result in a "blown out" sail. Remember; the sail needs to be air-tight; and blasting water through it will surely damage/destroy this.

Also; try not to use too much oxalic; remember it is an ACID. Use it sparingly; and if the stain won't come out; just live with it. The stain is doing less damage to the sail cloth than the cleaner.
KeelHaulin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 14 Old 05-27-2010 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Thanks for all the replies and advice. Keep the ideas coming.
Dennisail is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #13 of 14 Old 05-28-2010
Seņor Member
ottos's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: OC NJ
Posts: 523
Thanks: 2
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Have you tried a sail loft? More expensive than a washing machine - but it's another option.
ottos is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #14 of 14 Old 05-31-2010
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 89
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
Can send them off to Sailcare and have them cleaned and re-resinated by the pros, then clean them yourself with Detergent and water.
garyguss is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basic Sail Care for the Boat Owner Dan Dickison Gear and Maintenance Articles 13 05-19-2015 04:52 PM
spinnaker maintenance QuickMick Gear & Maintenance 3 11-17-2009 01:42 AM
Sail Care and Cleaning Kathy Barron Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-20-2003 08:00 PM
Cleaning Sails Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 06-09-2002 08:00 PM
Cleaning Sails Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 09-18-2001 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome