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Care & Maintenance - Canvas Marine Covers

Recommended Cleaning Options

Below are some suggestions for how to clean and maintain your marine canvas, upholstery or glass. Always identify the type of fabric or glass you have and check with the manufacturer first before following any cleaning or care routine.  Boatswain’s Locker 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 Boatswain’s Locker at (904) 388-0231.

How to Battle Mildew

Top fabrics should be cleaned and dried before applying a lysol spray. This will help with any mildew problems you might have. It, however, is not a cure. You may also use an IOSSO mold and mildew stain remover.

Please contact us to purchase this product. View the cleaning products we offer here. To purchase, call (904) 388-0231.

How to Maintain Canvas to Ensure Longevity

The real key to canvas longevity is like all things in life, maintenance. Keep your marine canvas boat cover 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 should not to exceed 100°F.
  • Do not allow the soap to dry.
  • 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 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 BOAT COVER IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DRYER. DO NOT DRY CLEAN CANVAS.View the cleaning products we offer here. To purchase, call (904) 388-0231.

How to Maintain Your Zippers and Hardware

Lubricate zippers periodically using a clear silicone spray.  Spray silicone on to the zipper of your marine canvas boat cover 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.  View the cleaning products we offer here.  To purchase, call (904) 388-0231.

How to Clean Stains From Sunbrella® Branded Fabric

Sunbrella fabrics are engineered to protect your boat against the harshest marine elements from the weather or the ocean. Marine fabrics are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic with UV stabilized pigments. Canvas fabrics are dyed to the core, and with our cleaning stain cleaning products, the color will never fade due to prolonged sun exposure. This provides the ultimate in UV protection and Sunbrella’s marine canvas fabrics offer excellent cleanability with mold and mildew resistance.

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.  
  • Polish glass inside and out with a manufacturer recommended product.

DO NOT USE DETERGENTS! Call Boatswain’s Locker 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.  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 or roll up with smooth paper or cloth.  View the cleaning products we offer here.  To purchase, call (904)-388-0231. 

How to Maintain Your Strataglass

Apply Protective Cleaner directly on the inside and outside surfaces of the Strataglass, or onto an old T-shirt, cotton flannel, old terry cloth or micro-fiber rag. Gently wipe with cloth until the Strataglass surface to clean. If necessary, buff dry with a separate dry clean cloth. After washing your boat, pat-dry your clean windows with a soft cloth to minimize spotting.

Click here to read the manufacturer recommended care and maintenance instructions for Strataglass.

If you do not see your boat care & maintenance product listed above, please contact us at:(904) 388-0231


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