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02-12-2013 01:07 AM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

Best soap is sunlight!
02-12-2013 12:22 AM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

Originally Posted by RichH View Post
If you wax your boat, then NOTHING will beat a 'neutral pH' automobile/car wash soap.
I'm supposed to wax my boat!

02-11-2013 03:27 PM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

I agree with all on the fact that you never use any form of de-greaser to clean you boat, Keep it well waxed. If you have stains use wax or a very mild rubbing compound with wax to remove them.
02-11-2013 02:10 PM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

So the critical path decision to make is whether to wax the deck or not. That leads to the path of cleaners to use. Thanks for the great info!

I think I am going no wax route like PDQ suggested. The amount of time to wax my deck is way too much time not sailing. I only have the weekends to sail so if it's not raining I AM SAILING!

So I am heading the Simple Green route.

I did find this which may help with the very stubborn issues on the non-slip:
3M Scotch-Brite 405-R Multi-Purpose Pad Holder, 4-11/16" Length x 2-51/64" Width x 16" Thick, Black: Industrial & Scientific

And refils:
3M Scotch-Brite 9488R All Purpose Scouring Pad, 5-1/4" Length x 4" Width, Blue (Case of 40): Industrial & Scientific

I did have this on hand and it helped. Not like a power washer but the soap dispenser worked great. I played with the nozzle settings and it was a bit better than a standard hose nozzle. It might also be nice for my anchor washdown which I will install in a month or so. EZ Jet Water Cannon: Patio, Lawn & Garden
02-11-2013 01:28 PM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

It really does depend on your maintenance schedule. If you wax the hull, then you do not want to use any dish-wash detergent, especially Dawn or simple green. Dawn is a recommended stripping agent for most waxes. I think for value it would be hard to beat car wash soap, but it is not really designed for same dirt. Also if you buy the larger containers of soap you will likely get much better prices.
02-11-2013 11:53 AM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
If wax is not a concern, simple alkaline cleaners did best; in simple language, as soon as they are diluted to neutral pH they become ineffective and the wastes fall out.
Great info here pdqaltair!

Can you suggest a brand/product for a simple alkaline cleaner?

02-11-2013 10:55 AM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

How about water with a dash of bleach??
02-11-2013 09:58 AM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

Are all(most) car wash soaps neutral ph??
02-10-2013 11:20 PM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

There are diesel truck owners that collect used cooking oil from restaurants and make bio-diesel. The by product is glycerine, and from that they make brown soap. There is a tremendous amount of that looking for a home.
02-10-2013 10:24 PM
Re: Deck Soap, low cost

Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post
Start with Simple Green. If you cant get the stains with Simple Green, follow up with something like Roll Off.

On your decks and non-skid; Another option if your on shore power is a light weight household electric power washer. Light weight being the key. Be extremely careful when using power and water.
How does Simple Green work on bird droppings?

Another thing that works well are those pressure washer wands you hook up to a hose. Can't compare it to an actual power washer, but it worked well enough for me.
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