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Best way to clean boat canvas

Having your fabrics fresh and clean from any dirt or mildew build up really makes a difference in the lifespan of your boat canvas. But what is the best way to clean boat canvas?

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To keep your covers and sails in top condition, it is recommended that you clean them with a dowsing of soapy water every month. Doing so will stop any surface dirt or mildew from spreading and potentially costing you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Follow these simple steps for a monthly clean:

Step 1 – Using a brush or broom, remove any loose surface dirt.

Step 2 –
Thoroughly wet the fabric with clean fresh water.

Step 3 –
Apply a solution of mild soap and water.

Step 4 –
Using a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the solution into the canvas and leave it to work.

Step 5 –
After an appropriate amount of time, thoroughly rinse away the soap solution ensuring that all residue is removed and allow to dry.

And that’s it! A quick easy and cheap job that can be carried out once a month.

If, however, you have a canvas that requires something a little stronger than just soap, we recommend you use a water-based professional-grade cleaning product such as Owatrol’s Owataud or Owasail.

Professional grade awning and cover cleaner

Owataud is a cleaner and degreaser for use on sails, awnings, covers, biminis, fabric as well as seating with artificial leather and vinyl. It quickly and easily removes dirt, grease, grime, marks and even stains caused by exhaust fumes, pollution and more. Owataud restores the treated surface to its original condition without damaging or altering it.

Quick to work and easy to apply, Owataud is ready to use straight from the bottle and simply washes away with water.

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Owataud is so quick and easy to use. Just follow these 6 easy steps.

Step 1 – As with all of our products, we recommend you test Owataud on a small inconspicuous area first.

Step 2 – Cover everything that does not require treatment and use protective clothing such as gloves and goggles.

Step 3 –Remove any surface dust and dirt with a brush or broom.

Now the surface preparation is out of the way, you are ready for application.

Step 4 – Apply Owataud to the surface by using a brush or sprayer. Allow it to work for up to 5 minutes.

Step – Rub the surface with a clean cloth or soft scrubbing sponge.

Step 6 – Rinse with copious amounts of fresh clean water, repeat the process if required and leave it dry.

And that’s it!

Owataud is quick and easy to apply and you will notice a difference almost immediately!

Rust remover for sails & canvas

Owasail is a cleaner that removes rust stains, limescale, mould and algae from sails, boat covers, fabrics and even gelcoats. It has a tough but gentle formula that will not damage paint, varnish or wood stains that are in good condition. Although it is a powerful formula, Owasail does all this without damaging or altering the original condition of the surface.

It is easy to apply, ready to use and can be quickly and easily cleaned up with water.

Sail that has been cleaned with Owatrol Owasail

Just as with Owataud, Owasail is also very quick and easy to use. Simply follow these 7 steps.

Step 1 – As with all of our products, we recommend you test Owataud on a small inconspicuous area first.

Step 2 – Cover everything that does not require treatment and use protective clothing such as gloves and goggles.

Step 3 –Remove any surface dust and dirt with a brush or broom.

Step 4 – Wet the surface to be treated with fresh clean water.

Step 5 – Shake the bottle well and then apply with a brush or long pile roller.

Step 6 – Thoroughly scrub the surface with the Owasail and allow it to work for 15-20 minutes.

Step 7 – Rinse with copious amounts of fresh clean water, repeat if required and leave to dry.

Further reading

If you want to learn more about the other marine products we offer then take a look at our previous blog post, ‘Marine Care Range’ to learn all about our latest products.

Or perhaps you’re looking for more information on your boat’s care? If so, take a look at our latest post, ‘Yacht Maintenance Checklist’.


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