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Just wondering if there is a way to clean the boat smell out of foam cushion. If so what cleaning products worked

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Re: Boat Cushion

I'd start with a bottle of Febreze and see where you get with it.

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Baby powder sprinkled in before assembly works! Bounce sheets in empty areas...Dale

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I used a dumpster. Foam is cheap, nice covers are not, if you have nice covers I'd think that you could launder them and replace the foam for about the same effort as getting rid of the smell.
EDIT: I assumed it's probably cheap open celled foam? If not, I would try chlorine dioxide maybe? I've observed that it's more readily available from camping stores than marine places so far. Aquapur is a common brand name, I'm going to mix some up tomorrow and see how it does on mold and smell. If I find any foam I missed throwing away I'll give it a spray and see how it goes.
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Actually, on my budget, foam is not really that cheap. The foam cost was about the same as the fabric cost when I made my cabin cushions.

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I sprayed with diluted white vinegar and left them in the sun, then rinsed with fresh water, let them dry. That got the crud and major odors. Then to get the lingering smell and make the cushions smell fresh, I finished with a generous amount of Febreze. get the big refill jugs from home depot or walmart.
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I'm trying to decide between Sunbrella or Faux Leather Vinyln fabric for my Cabin cushions. I sail in warm weather, the Keys and the Bahamas. Anyone want to comment?

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Re: Boat Cushion

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Actually, on my budget, foam is not really that cheap. The foam cost was about the same as the fabric cost when I made my cabin cushions.
In that case I'd recommend the Aquapur water treatment from MEC/REI etc. Way cheaper than the marine stuff since you can mix a little at a time as needed, and cleans wonderfully. Seems to work even better if you seal things in a bag and leave them in the sun for a bit as it penetrates and kills mold nicely. Worked on the blanket I left on the boat for a couple of weeks. I also grew some mold samples as tests off the boat, and tried tea tree oil, chlorine dioxide and bleach.
the chlorine was my choice.


I was just assuming the OP had nice covers, and the price on those is vs foam.

Rather throw away 50$ of foam vs much more expensive professionally made covers. Especially if like mine, the mold was so rampant the cushion was disintegrating, if the real covers were still present I probably could have saved them. The paint I have to re-apply underneath etc all cost money too, and more than the foam was worth. I'm cautious about being penny-wise pound foolish, somewhere in my boat's past she already had an owner who did that.
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