Mold remover formula

How to remove mold and mildew stains from your boat seats

There’s no such thing as a sunny day on the boat, but it can be difficult to keep your seats in pristine condition with exposure to humidity and water. That’s why it’s important to follow a maintenance and cleaning schedule. However, even following a strict schedule, mold can still form over time.

Here’s what you need to keep boat seats clean

Passengers on a boat to the Cyclades Islands in Greece | Panayotis Tzamaros/NurPhoto via Getty Images

According to JD Power, “Most manufacturers use vinyl for their seats on their types of boats because this material can withstand the wet conditions of regular water exposure and the other stresses of being on the water. Even so, vinyl is susceptible to mold and you need to gather the right materials to get started.

Recommended materials include:

  • A bleach-free stain remover for mold and mildew
  • A soft brush
  • A microfiber cloth
  • Marine spray and UV protector
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponges

The good news? The products listed above are affordable. Just be sure to stay away from bleach. Using bleach-based products on vinyl seats can damage the material and the stitching.

How to Remove Mildew Stains from Boat Seats

” src=”” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; automatic reading; clipboard-write; encrypted media; gyroscope; picture in picture” allow full screen>

Follow these step-by-step steps to successfully remove mildew from seats:

  • Spray mold remover on the seats: The first step is to spray mildew remover directly on the seats of the boat and make sure you get any hard to reach areas. Once you’re done spraying, let the remover sit for a few minutes.
  • Start Scrubbing: Now for the fun part. You’ll want to start scrubbing. Use a soft brush to avoid scratching your seats. And try not to scrub too hard.
  • Wipe up any debris: Use a rag to wipe up any loose debris or mold. Microfiber ones tend to work better because they are softer. You’ll also want to bring a few extra, depending on how dirty the boat seats are!
  • Repeat as needed: If your boat seats are very crowded, you may need to repeat the first three steps. If you’ve tried multiple times and aren’t seeing the results you want, it’s time to break out the magic erasers.
  • Use Magic Erasers on these tough stains: Magic erasers are great for sticky messes. Plus, you won’t have to scrub too hard to see results. Just get them wet and start wiping.
  • Use a vinyl protector: Vinyl protectors will make your seats look great and protect them from UV damage. In addition, they will prevent the future formation of mold.

How to prevent mold from forming on boat seats

” src=”” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; automatic reading; clipboard-write; encrypted media; gyroscope; picture in picture” allow full screen>

There are several ways to avoid having to clean mold from your boat seats. First, be sure to wipe down the seats after taking the boat out. It is also useful to take a towel over the seams. It is also a good idea to maintain your boat, even if it is in storage. So if you’re shopping for a new boat, consider buying a model equipped with mold-resistant seat material.

RELATED: 5 things you need for your dock to make your boat last