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Old 10-24-2020, 05:49 PM
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Default Best Mildew Remover for Boat Seats

Been using West Marine Mildew Remover, but I can still see spots and lighten mildew marks after cleaning "open air" vinyl boat seats. Any one have a good suggestion what to use since I'd like to try to restore my five year old boat seats too new? Starting to wonder if mildew stains can become permanent over a period of time.
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TopJob from the Dollar store.

After several castrofic flooding events in our area all the hardware stores sell some extremly powerful mildew remover for flooded homes. Little to powerful for a boat, but the same ingredients at a lesser rate can be found in cheaper stuff like topjob, or Clorex clean up. You want something with a caustic and bleach combined.
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I have used star brite mild mildew remover with great success. I wouldnt recommend bleach on cushions, it will def whiten them up but also weaken the material and threads, ask me how I know . ...😌. Try star brite, scrub and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse and repeat. It works.
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Originally Posted by AFBoggy View Post
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I would note, every mildew cleaner cited in this thread uses sodium hypochlorite as their primary ingredient. You can spend more money on [insert brand name] mildew stain remover, or you can just water down to your liking a generic bottle of bleach.
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Don’t use anything with bleach because it will weaken the stitching and your seats will fall apart. Use search and you will find numerous threads on this topic with good information. The bottom line is that you should be using “Wet & Forget”
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Spray bleach, the only thing that has work for me.
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this topic comes up every few days, why not read the thread from last week?

i think that all the marine cleaners have bleach

will eat most threads

you can make your own cleaner easily and for little $

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Marine 31 mildew remover gel. I tried everything and this is the best.
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I used a mixture of Borax and Dawn. Did better than any mildew remover marine product I tried. I never knew about Marine 31 until recently but hear good reports.
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Nautical One Xtreme Mildew Remover. Former Marine 31 user, this stuff is better.
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Bleach and magic eraser
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Originally Posted by vandlor View Post
Bleach and magic eraser
magic eraser really has no place on a boat at all... and will damage soft goods.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
magic eraser really has no place on a boat at all... and will damage soft goods.
Do explain. I work with a neighbor who has been detailing yachts for 20 years. I will let him know.
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Originally Posted by vandlor View Post
Do explain. I work with a neighbor who has been detailing yachts for 20 years. I will let him know.
its like a sand paper...
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
its like a sand paper...
Nothing cleans nonskid better than degreaser and magic eraser.
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Originally Posted by vandlor View Post
Nothing cleans nonskid better than degreaser and magic eraser.
we are talking about soft goods in this thread.

cleaning non-skid, still shouldnt jump to abrasives unless you have tried everything else.

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