Cleaning boat canvas
Cleaning your boat canvas
Under most circumstances all you need to do to keep your canvas tip top shape and clean is to regularly hose it down after a day’s outing. The heavy-duty cleaning won’t need to happen as often if you keep hosing it down.
Once the canvas finally needs a good clean then you can following following few steps that were refered to us by a reputible canvas company.
Due to the fact that most canvas is pre-treated to resist water harsh chemical cleaners and other heavy cleaning products will damage the fabric.
Recommended is a mix of mild soap woolite, sugar soap… and cold water. Just make sure there are no detergents in it. With a soft brush apply the mixture and let it soak for a while then grab your trusty hose and rince it clean.
If your looking for some stain removal instructions you can do the following: One cup of bleach, 1/4 cup of mild soap and 2 litres of water. Apply it with a soft brush, leave it for 14-18 minutes and then rince clean with a hose.
There are also some brand name cleaners you can get a the local marine store, and these will do the job just as good if not better, but the above mixtures should do the job at a fraction fo the cost.
Just make sure you air dry the canvas and never machine dry it as it will shrink.