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Old 03-11-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning Marine Vinyl (Cushions)

What do you use to whiten your boat cushions when normal boat soap just doesn’t do it? Acetone?
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Mr Cleans Magic Eraser worked well for me the other day.
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Mr Cleans Magic Eraser worked well for me the other day.
Yep, Mr Clean Magic Eraser.

Marine Spray 9 seems to work better than other spray cleaners, at least in my experience.

Try one, then the other.
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After you clean with Magic Eraser--use 303 Vinyl Protectant on seat. Magic Eraser removes the sealer on vinyl but 303 will resolve that...
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When all else fails try a little diluted bleach but don't leave it on long and rinse thoroughly afterwards. I bought a used boat a couple years ago and tried everything and finally resorted to bleach which did work but use with care and thoroughly rinse.
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Be careful with harsh solvents like acetone etc.. as they will remove the "plasticizers" from the vinyl with over time will wear out the material. Use a vinyl cleaner, magic eraser for tough spots, then use a protectant. Still a pain! Especially on an all white boat like mine and yours!
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ditto on the bleach water. dilute and rinse.
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After you clean with Magic Eraser--use 303 Vinyl Protectant on seat. Magic Eraser removes the sealer on vinyl but 303 will resolve that...

X2 exactly what we did and it works real well
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Murphys oil soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Then lemon pledge after, sounds odd but it works and wont hurt anything.
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http://www.nauticalease.com/products/sprayboat.htm

Nothing better.
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Try Armour-All Vinyl Cleaning wipes! They work great! Clean your cushions to get
the surface dirt off then use the wipes! I discovered them last year and got great results!
I wish I had been wise to them years ago!
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Yacht brite 'serious marine cleaner" let it sit on it for a few minutes before wiping-seems to work on everything
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Magic eraser and spray nine followed by 303.
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I use VIM. Kinda like dutch cleanser but it's a cream and less abrasive. Cleans up the cushions really well.
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I'm also a bleach advocate. Doesn't damage the plastic and removes almost anything.
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I too use the bleach trick. Spry 9 and Simple Green wouldn't get the mold/mildew stains out, but the bleach brought the coushions back to like new. I only use the stuff in the spring before I launch the boat for the season. During the season I just wash with soap and water.
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Mr Cleans Magic Eraser worked well for me the other day.
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Acetone will melt some plastics. I use the super strong bleach you get from home depot along with soap and rinse it well. It may rust the staples holding the vinyl to the seats after a few years though.
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Bleach, Simple Green. Rinse with lots of water after useing bleach and then apply 303. If you have to Acetone does wonders but just one quick swipe and then apply 303.
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What about softscrub?
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