How should I clean my boat's upholstery?

Frequently Asked Question

See chart for common stains and steps to treat them. After all cleaning methods, rinse well with water.

Stain Types and Treatments
Stains
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Chewing Gum
D
A
D then A
Engine Oil
B
B
B
Spray Paint
C
B
B
Mildew or wet leaves*
D
B
A
Oil baed paint (fresh)
D
B

Oil based paint (dried)
A
B

Suntan lotion*
D
B

Grease
D
B


Use the chart above to clean common stains with:

  • (A) Medium-soft brush, warm, soapy water/rinse/dry
  • (B) Meguir’s Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner #57
  • (C) One (1) tablespoon ammonia, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ¾ cup water, rinse/dry
  • (D) Wipe or scrape off excess (chill gum with ice)

*Suntan lotion, wet leaves and some other products contain dyes that may stain permanently.

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