I scrub and I scrub. I scrub the deck. I bleach the deck! I scrub the cabin floor. I bleach the cabin floor!
But it just gets dirty again. Footsteps create more dirt, and then that dirt sticks. Nothing scrubs off easily! I think it's due to the no-slip surface.
The boat is going in the water May 2. Does this get easier then, since I won't be tracking mud in? Or will I have to resign myself to it NEVER being clean? It there an easier way to clean it, perhaps hosing it down?
Never use regular wax on non-skid -- it becomes very slippery when wet and pollen will only make it worse. I've had great experience with a product called Woody Wax
. Woody Wax is made specifically for non-skid -- it is very slick when applying until it is rinsed (part of the application process). Applied properly, "dirt, soot, bird droppings, and even fish blood will rinse right off."
For non-non-skid areas (where you won't be walking), proper detailing and wax will help to level and fill the microscopic imperfections in the surface caused by, among other things, uv damage. You need to use a system that starts with a rubbing compound and finishes with a polish and wax. Look here for Mainesail's excellent guide: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax
. If you're waxing, then scrubbing with harsh chemicals, you may be removing the wax you previously applied.
If you want an easier process, you can look at PoliGlow for an older boat, but it doesn't come anywhere near the results of a true compound/polish/wax system (Mainesail's pix are truly inspiring, and are attainable with hard work).