Caring for Marine Canvas, Bimini Tops and Enclosures by Great Lakes Boat Top
General Marine Canvas Care and Maintenance
Below are some suggestions for how to clean and maintain your marine canvas, boat upholstery or enclosure glass. Always identify the type of fabric or glass you have and check with the manufacturer first before following any cleaning or care routine. Great Lakes Boat Top is not responsible for damage to fabrics or materials due to treatments with the wrong cleaning or care product. If you are unsure of the manufacturer of your fabric or materials, please contact Great Lakes Boat Top at 877-867-7861 or info@GreatLakesBoatTop.com.
How to battle mildew on your boat top or marine canvas enclosure.
Introducing an exciting breakthrough in marine maintenance: Monofoil safely and effectively repels mold, mildew and over 50 types of bacteria on upholstery, canvas, fiberglass and any other boat surface without damaging chemicals – for up to 3 months! Unlike traditional cleaners and disinfectants that only kill during the original application, MonoFoil molecularly bonds with the surface then attacks mold and mildew each time it attempts to adhere to the treated surface—for up to three months. This can save you money in cleaning solutions, countless hours in maintenance and can add years to the life of your canvas.
The moist marine environment can wreak havoc on your boat's canvas and interior. Great Lakes Boat Top can help you win the battle through this innovative solution to conquering mold and mildew.
Eliminates mold, mildew and more than 50 other types of bacteria and prevents reoccurance for up to 3 months.
Reduces the amount of effort you expend maintaining your boat so you can spend more time enjoying it.
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How to maintain marine canvas to ensure longevity.
The real key to canvas longevity is like all things in life, maintenance. Keep your canvas clean of dust, dirt and environmental residue on a regular basis. Top fabrics should be cleaned of any dirt buildup at regular intervals. We recommend applying a mild, lukewarm soap solution, such as a liquid dishwashing soap, with a soft brush or sponge. Water temperature is not to exceed 100°F. DO NOT allow the soap to dry. The fabric must then be carefully rinsed with clear water in order to remove any remaining soap residue. Allow canvas to dry thoroughly. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS! The use of abrasive detergents and/or substrates containing solvents or gasoline will damage the fabric. If using high-pressure or steam-cleaning devices, use caution as improper use could damage the vinyl coating and/or fabric. If your boat top is acrylic it will be necessary to retreat your top for water repellency. Be careful which solutions you use, as not all are recommended by the fabric manufacturer. Using harsh chemicals, etc could void the fabric warranty on your top if not recommended by the manufacturer. DO NOT PUT MARINE CANVAS IN WASHING MACHINE OR DRYER.
How to treat and clean stains from Sunbrella® branded fabric.
Lubricate zippers periodically using a clear silicone spray. Spray silicone on to the zipper and work the zipper back and forth. Lubricate fasteners periodically using a clear silicone spray to keep corrosion to a minimum. Replace any missing fasteners or fasteners that show signs of corrosion. Do not use petroleum based products; i.e. petroleum jelly.
How to maintain your Eisenglass Windows.
Start the cleaning process by first rinsing glass with clear water to remove any dust or dirt particles. This should be done on a frequent basis to keep salt water and environmental agents off of your glass product. Using a soft non-abrasive cloth, wash curtains inside and out with a mild soap and water mixture. Rinse completely with cool water. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS! Polish glass inside and out with a manufacturer recommended product. Call Great Lakes Boat Top at 877-867-7861 if you are unsure of the manufacturer of your windows. You can remove some scratches from your glass by using a manufacturer's recommended product. NOVUS. DO NOT use chemicals on the vinyl glass. This will break down the protectors in the vinyl. DO NOT fold clear vinyl glass! Store flat with paper or cloth between the panels.