No doubt, boat upholstery suffers more wear and tear than does the seat covers in a car or house. Mother Nature has more open targets to hit when she unleashes her wrath against boats. That includes the damages created by direct sunlight and water. The best way to deal with a boat’s upholstery issues is to engage a regular cleaning schedule. It’s also wise to provide protective coverings that help prevent at least some of the problem.

All Glass & Upholstery in Long Beach, who specializes in upholstery restoration advises proper storage of a boat is a key element to preserving marine upholstery, if one expects to keep upholstery wear to a minimum. Any boat left absorbing steady sunlight can incur upholstery damage that includes sun bleaching, drying and cracking. Storing a boat should involve more than just parking it in a driveway or under a carport. But if there is no alternative, one should at least cover a boat’s upholstery with a plastic drop cloth. A boat with an upholstered deck needs to be fitted with a weather resistant cover. The best storage advice is to place a boat in a reputable storage facility if it won’t be used until the spring thaw.

Fabric boat upholstery needs regular cleaning to keep it fresh and attractive. Fabric is hard to care for because it soaks up water that is rapidly absorbed into the foam filler. Take care to use a fabric protector in order to extend the life span of fabric upholstery. After a cleaning session, spray the upholstery with a UV solution that helps prevent sun damage.

A boat with vinyl upholstery is much easier to care for. Spills wipe right up, which keeps stains at bay. There are cleaners designed specifically for vinyl upholstery. Spray these solutions on the upholstery and wipe clean with an almost dry cloth to achieve the desired effect. Complete the cleaning session with a protective vinyl spray that helps control sun damage. Leather upholstery is seldom seen on boats. It is too easily hurt by the sun. The main thing is to keep leather out of direct sunlight.

All marine upholstery needs one or two annual deep cleanings, along with periodic surface scrubs. Failure to pay attention to cleaning details can lead to faded, ripped or otherwise ruined boat upholstery that requires replacement sooner than necessary. Check with an established firm like All Glass & Upholstery in Long Beach for tips and advice on boat upholstery restoration and replacement.

An annual cleaning means getting rid of all mildew or mold that has found a home in the boat’s vinyl upholstery. An ammonia/water solution can knock out mold and mildew. Do not use a cleaner that isn’t designed for vinyl—it might wind up drying the upholstery which can lead to cracks. If that occurs, figure on finding a well-regarded repair facility. A new boat comes with quality marine upholstery. And while it is possible to find better upholstery in the aftermarket, just remember taking time to effectively clean the upholstery can save a lot of headache and expense down the road.

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