Here are some tips on boat canvas and
interior care and maintenance.
Boat canvas is subjected to more severe punishment than practically
any other type of canvas or fabric item. Although canvas products
adhere to rigid specifications, they should not be neglected for
long periods of time, especially during inclement weather. 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.
The following tips can be used on most fabrics made for outdoors
The fabric itself will not support the growth of mildew, but if
dirt or moisture is allowed to remain on the fabric for any length
of time, it will support mildew growth. Dirt can create a starting
point for mildew when moisture is present. Cleaning periodically
with a recommended mild cleaner and water will extend the life
of the canvas and provide a better appearance. Using too a strong
cleaner will damage delicate surfaces like fabric and plastics.
As you know it is expensive to have them replaced. You should only
use a cleaner that is designed specifically for marine fabrics
to ensure you do not wash away your water repellent coating.
Start with a bucket of warm water (if possible) and the recommended
amount of cleaner. Apply the cleaner with a dense, soft brush.
Don't let the soap dry! Rinse well, repeat steps again if you don't
get the results you wanted the first time. Stitching around windows
seems to be a place where dark stains and mildew take hold. It
is especially important to let the cleaner have a chance to loosen
the dirt; don't be in a hurry to rinse the area. After the cleaner
has had a chance to lift the dirt it is time to scrub around all
the stitching. Rinse well!
By Rick Ostler