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Cleaning a PVC dinghy

So it seems my dinghy got a bit more mildew than it has over past winters, and I was wondering what others have used to safely clean the stains off.
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Re: Cleaning a PVC dinghy

While we have hypalon, I doubt it makes a difference. The two most effective products have been MaryKate spray cleaner for Inflatables, Tubes and Towables. For tough stains, spray it on a dry surface and let it stand for a minute or two. Also, Barkeeper's friend and a damp scrub brush works well. Also let that stand.
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Re: Cleaning a PVC dinghy

How bout hydrogenperoxide, baking soda and dawn dishsoap, you can make your own oxyclean, it also works to get the skunk smell off of an unfortunat dog..
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Re: Cleaning a PVC dinghy

I usually clean mine (hypalon) with Comet. Does a fine job on any mildew but deep stains (mainily on the bottom) don't come completely out.
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I got amazing results using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It took a few of them to do a 10 foot Avon, but they were very effective.
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I found Amazon's Inflatable cleaner to be great.

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Re: Cleaning a PVC dinghy

I second the magic eraser

try VIM bathroom cleaner, we used it on our waterline with a green scotch pad and it did wonders, it will probably work well on a dinghy too.
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Re: Cleaning a PVC dinghy

The real question is, how does one get bottom paint to stick to PVC dinghies? For the life of me I cannot answer that question. And, to add insult to injury, barnacles seem to have little problem adhering to PVC hulls. Go figure!
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Ironically, I just tried this last year, as I read other good reviews. It didn't budge the black mold on the tubes. I actually threw it out after realizing I was never going to use it again.

I do wonder if I got a bad batch.
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Ironically, I just tried this last year, as I read other good reviews. It didn't budge the black mold on the tubes. I actually threw it out after realizing I was never going to use it again.

I do wonder if I got a bad batch.
Black mold is tough. Even very caustic cleaners have trouble getting it out of the fabric.

A factory rep for this company company used to post here. They have an inflatable cleaner that they claim is very good.
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Be careful with what you use, I ruined the pvc air deck of mine using "Roll Off". It turned sticky and gooey before it started leaking.
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