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Jiminri 02-09-2013 10:51 AM

Off season bimini maintenance question
 
My boat purchase last fall came with a bimini. First time I've had one and it's great! :) For off season cleaning, I was planning on soaking it in a tub of mild detergent, rinsing well, and then drying outside. Is there anything I should use to treat the canvas (I assume it's Sunbrella) afterwards?

chuck53 02-09-2013 11:05 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
303 Protectant. I believe it is the only product endorsed by Sunbrella.

chef2sail 02-09-2013 11:12 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Woolite. Cold to luke warms water doesnt strip the natural waterproofing

Air dry

303 Protectant

chuck53 02-09-2013 11:33 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Agree with Woolite or Downy.

FSMike 02-09-2013 11:37 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Or soap. Do not use detergent.

Jiminri 02-09-2013 01:26 PM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chef2sail (Post 987943)
Woolite. Cold to luke warms water doesnt strip the natural waterproofing

Air dry

303 Protectant

Everyone--thanks for the tips. I'll lay in a supply of 303, so I'll be ready when the weather warms a bit.

Faster 02-09-2013 10:06 PM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Just to clarify.. the 303 is to protect and re-waterproof post-cleaning.. to clean the canvas definitely NO detergent.. Woolite is the way to go. No pressure washer either.

miatapaul 02-09-2013 11:23 PM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Yes, to 303 and get the fabric guard. They make a vinyl/plastic/rubber/fiberglass protectant as well. Both are great products, so you might want to pick up both.

PS I really like the Nonsuch!

copacabana 02-10-2013 06:32 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Remember that you have to apply 303 Fabric Guard on clean, absolutely dry Sunbrella. The manufacturer also suggests spraying the fabric under a hot sun so it dries properly. I have found that you need to spray a few coats to get the fabric really waterproof. I gave my bimini a good saturating spray with 303 in the sun and followed up with 2 more light mistings (weeks later) to get it fully waterproof.

Vasco 02-10-2013 09:25 AM

Re: Off season bimini maintenance question
 
Check all stitching and zippers. Lube zippers. Any doubtful stitching have it re-done.


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