Ah, talk about comfy!
You finally sprung for some great looking new boat seats for your boat. No more sinking into a crack so deep you give new meaning to the term poopdeck. And good riddance to all of those nasty stains that have been piling up over the years… mildew, dirt, grime, ballpoint pen, mustard, bird droppings, blood (eek!) and whatever that orange glob was that had been expanding over the years. And that peeper-pleasing new color scheme you chose? Chic, baby, chic!
But those seats aren’t going to stay beautiful forever without the proper care and cleaning. Most boaters choose seats, like Wise boats seats, that are made of durable marine grade vinyl which is resistant to the damaging effects of sun,water, mildew and oil, rarely fades, and resists tearing. But you’ll still want to do a little of the ol’ preventive maintenance to extend their lifespan. While the vinyl itself is water resistant, the seat’s seams can absorb and trap water, so when it rains you’ll want to cover your boat with a boat cover, or if possible, remove your seats and store them out of the elements.
Now it’s time to dish the dirt. The dirt that can build up on your seats, that is. Every week you should wipe down the seat’s surface with a soft damp cloth and then towel dry (like a spa treatment!). If dirt should build up, wash the seat down with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap, using a soft bristle brush to scrub out the stubborn spots. If you’ve got some of those extra tough stains (the aforementioned mildew, pen, bird, condiment, etc.) use warm, soapy water mixed with a tiny, (VERY tiny) amount of bleach. For hardcore cases of dirt build-up there are special vinyl cleaners available.
Things you should avoid using when cleaning a boat seat are powdered abrasives, steel wool, household and industrial strength cleaners and solvents. While they might remove the offending stain, they can also damage and weaken the vinyl, which can lead to cracking. Just say no to cracking! Also, some of the things you put on to save your hide (sunscreen, bug repellant) can weaken you boat seat’s hide. After a hot, sticky, mosquito-infested day of fun in the sun, you should immediately wash your seats down with water and mild soap and towel dry.
So protect that new investment. With the proper covering and cleaning, you can keep those new boat seats stylin’, sturdy and stain-free for years to come.