SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Boat Spring Cleaning Ideas? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

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.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
02-27-2009 05:25 PM
Keldee The vinegar smell disipates very quickly.It is also very good to get rid of the smell when you are training a puppy after cleaning up messes.
02-27-2009 04:38 PM
What is the water to vinegar ratio?

Sounds simple to do but I don't want to smell like a pickle factory.
What's the ratio you use?
NS 26C, Westbrook, CT

[quote=Gansett2045;455651]Seconds and thirds on vinegar and water. Also can add lemon juice for a fresher smell. Use vinegar to clean the head throughout the season./quote]
02-27-2009 03:00 PM
MorganPaul Mix Borax with the bleach. I learned that from Sully .
02-27-2009 02:56 PM

Seconds and thirds on vinegar and water. Also can add lemon juice for a fresher smell. Use vinegar to clean the head throughout the season.

Lemon juice or even sliced lemons and baking soda are great for removing tarnish on SS. Terry towel buff and rinse off.

Borax is another good additive for cleaning and also scouring.

Hydrogen peroxide is a safer sanitizer than bleach for water tanks.

Simple Green is not as eco-friendly as they advertise. Home concoctions are just as effective as most commercial products for everyday cleaning. Save them as a last resort.
02-26-2009 10:41 PM
Keldee I also find vinegar very good to spring clean the boat also with the trusty tooth brush.Vinegar and baking soda are the only cleaning tools I will allow on our boat.Kinder on the environment.Bleach is only used to put in the water tank to keep it fresh.
02-26-2009 10:12 PM
cruiserdave My wife and I use Clorox II and plenty of different types of scrub brushes, go the hardware store and buy 1 of each. The toothbrush is my favorite! I have found as the years go by it is harder to twist the body is 6 different ways to get that last spot though. Bottle brushes also help. Clorox does leave a residue so rinse well and wash with soap if your going to paint. Otherwise the residue helps with the mold and mildue looking for a spot to procreate.


PS The fumes will also do an incredible job of cleaning your lungs also. Ventilate well and use a face mask. respirator with a charcol filter. Otherwise you can get a good buzz as a side benefit.
02-23-2009 09:26 AM
sailingdog TSP is great for de-greasing and cleaning prior to painting.
02-23-2009 12:51 AM
patrickrea Someone mentioned that TSP will do a good job in the darker corners before repainting the unfinished glass on the inside of lockers and other storage areas.
02-22-2009 11:47 PM
sailingdog Vinegar is also good at preventing mold and killing odors.
Originally Posted by billyruffn View Post
We use vinegar and water for most cleaning. When it really gets dirty we use something like Simple Green. Bleach sounds a bit harsh to me, but if it works.....
02-22-2009 09:40 PM
timebandit Windex
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

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

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