Great article on Sunbrella Care/Cleaning

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  1. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    http://www.nwyachting.com/articles/ask-the-experts-boat-canvas/

    Since I'm currently dealing with mildew issues on the inside of our canvas, I find that some of the recommendations here make good sense. I wonder what the ratio is for the vinegar/water treatment he suggests?

    And I wonder which enzyme treatment he's talking about?
     
  2. wrvond

    wrvond Member

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    Aug 27, 2016
    West Virginia
    1995 Sundancer 270
    Pa'u Hana
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Yep, a good article. Oxy-clean is an example of an enzyme cleaner. When using vinegar and water to clean fabrics, a 50/50 mix is normal.
     
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I used 50/50 vinegar mix in spray bottle for quick cleanings during the season.
    This may sound crazy, but I also got in the habit of washing it every to years in a commercial washing machine (cup of bleach with detergent to the wash), letting it air dry, and then re-water proofing it.
    It worked like a charm. The deep cleaning in the machine made the canvas look brand new and kept it in great shape.
    Yes, I occasionally had to get some seams re-stitched (which was cheaper than you think) but the canvas itself held up beautifully.
     
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  4. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    The majority of our canvas has isinglass. I wasn't aware that you could put that into a washing machine? Cold water only I assume?
     
  5. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    I wouldn't put those in a washing machine.


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  6. Robski97

    Robski97 Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    North Bellmore, NY
    44DA
    Cummins QSC 8.3's
    Guys,
    I bought a product called Kaneberra Gel. It comes in a container. U simply open the cap and let it sit in the cockpit. After about a month in mid summer the mildew started to disappear. This was 3 years ago. Canvas has been mildew free ever since. It does take a considerable amount of time to start working but it does work.

    So once u get it clean if purchase the kanenerra and it wil never return.

    Rob
     
  7. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Rob - one of my buddies in our yacht club told me about that product. I bought a container and opened it and left it in the cockpit. The boat is at the boat yard getting annual maintenance right now. Will attack the canvas again once it's back in our possession. Thanks for the suggestion! I actually got a second container for our salon. Can't hurt, right? I love that you can just buy refills of the gel too.
     
  8. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I put canvas in the washing machine, but never eisenglass. Any pieces with eisenglass, or similar product, get hand washed.
     

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