Cleaning your boat cover is a great way to keep your cover in good shape. From weather changes to dirt and pet hair, there are a lot of elements that can cause your cover to get dirty throughout the year.
Here are some tips from our cover manufacturers to help you clean your cover.
First, it is best to lay the cover out on a debris clear surface. Make sure there is no pet hair, dirt, or dust. Brush any debris or dirt off of the cover before moving on to the next step.
Second, fill up a bucket with warm, soapy water. The best soaps to use are Ivory, Dreft, Joy, or Dove - something that is not harsh and could possibly cause damage to the water repellent finish (such as bleach or astringents).
Detergent is not recommended when cleaning your boat cover. If you have a tough stain, you can use a mild detergent to try and get it out, instead of soap; only apply to that area, not to the entire cover.
Third, get a soft cloth or washrag and lightly brush the cover using the warm, soapy water. Then rinse off any soapy residue.
Fourth, and probably the most important step, allow the boat cover to air dry thoroughly. Putting a damp cover into storage can cause mildew build up.
************NEVER DRY CLEAN OR PLACE YOUR COVER IN A WASHING MACHINE OR DRYER************
Straps are an efficient way to secure the cover to your boat and trailer when you are moving it. Each manufacturer sells their own strap kits that come with varying numbers of straps.
Some boat cover strap kits will come in a set length that can then be cut down to your desired size, or they may come in a roll which will allow you to cut your own.
How many straps you will need is unique and specific to your boat and trailer. Whether your boat is 12' in length or 30' in length, you will receive the same amount of straps, depending on the manufacturer of the cover.
Let's say you have twelve straps. While it may not be necessary to use every single strap for a smaller boat (although it can't hurt), a larger boat may require more straps in order to properly the cover.
Rather than using snaps, as some custom covers come with, the covers you will find on our website utilize straps. The way this works is that there are loops sewn into the hem of the cover which you put these straps through, which then buckle to your trailer, keeping it secure while you move it.
When installing the straps, you need to take into account the shape and size of your boat, as well as your trailer. It may not be viable to put straps in certain areas, due to the design of the trailer. You may need to try placing the straps in a few different locations to ensure that your boat cover is properly secured, but once you figure it out, you'll be very happy the straps are there.