How to Clean a Boat Hull – The Easy Way
How to Clean a Boat Hull – the Easy Way
We love having a boat and it’s awesome to be able to pull it up to our dock, but if we leave it off the lift, sitting in the water, for a couple of days there is this nasty stain that forms around the waterline.
I’m going to share the easiest, most economical way to remove the nasty stain at the waterline from the hull of your boat.
This is how stained the back of the boat was after leaving it in the water for about a week.
Boat Hull Before Cleaning
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How to Clean a Boat Hull the Easy Way
How to Clean a Boat Hull the Easy Way in 3 Easy Steps
It’s amazing how well this works. You don’t need any fancy, expensive hull cleaning products, just a simple cleaner called Bar Keeper Friend. I love this product I use it to safely clean my stainless steel sink and my glass top stove. Let’s get started making your boat hull white again! Here’s a quick look at the process.
Grab your Supplies
Make a Paste
Follow the step-by-step instructions detailed below and you’ll have a shiny white hull in no time.
Get to Work!
Some areas will need a little more scrubbing than others but if you get your boat waxed yearly and don’t let the boat sit in the water too long.
Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Instructions for Cleaning a Boat Hull the Easy Way
Experience Tip: Wear a good pair of rubber gloves. It was so hot the day I cleaned the boat that I decided to take my gloves off and it was days before my iPhone would recognize my thumbprint. This is a gentle cleanser but it does have micro-scrubbing particles and it will dry out your hands. Just trust me on this, you’ll be glad you wore gloves.
Non-Toxic & Environmental:
Bar Keepers Friend is an oxalic acid cleanser and it’s safe to use on cookware, porcelain. The cleanser was originally formulated with an acidic compound found in rhubarb after a chemist noticed how clean his pot became when he boiled the plant.
Oxalic acid cleansers are acidic instead of alkaline, which makes it more effective against rust, tarnish, oxidation, mineral scale, hard water, and lime deposits than most other cleaning products. Bar Keepers Friend doesn’t use fillers or bleaches, making our products biodegradable and safe for septic systems.
V.O.C and Chlorine Free
What you’ll need:
- A small bucket. (I could have used a much smaller bucket)
- A Can or 2 of Bar Keepers Friend Powder. You can use the liquid but you’ll need to use more and that means more money.
- A non-scratch kitchen scrub sponge, like Scotch-Brite Non-scratch Scrub Sponge
- A hose with a spray nozzle. If you don’t have access to a hose you’ll need another bucket of clean water and a car washing sponge.
Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Instructions Cleaning a Boat Hull - The Easy Way
Step 1 - Make a Paste
Experience Tip: Make small batches of paste, if you are working on a hot day you’ll end up having to add water frequently if you make too much paste at once.
- Shake Bar Keepers Friend Powder into your bucket.
- Add water a little at a time to make a paste.
- You want the paste to be wet and easy to spread but not too wet. You want the paste to be thick enough to stick to your sponge.
Step 2 - Get Started Cleaning Your Boat Hull
- Spray the boat with water
- Wet your sponge
- Apply paste to a small wet section of the boat hull
- Spray off the paste with a hose or wipe with clean water and a clean sponge.
- Repeat the process and continue working in small sections.
- Sit back and look how awesome the boat looks and be amazed at how easy it was to get the boat clean
Step 3 - Rinse Boat
- Once you’ve completed scrubbing the hull and are satisfied with the results rinse the boat thoroughly with clean water. I like to use the hose on the full stream.
- It’s time to grab a Mojito – You deserve it. Your boat looks amazing and it was way easier than you thought it would be! Sit back and admire your hard work. You rock. I’m so proud of you.
How to Clean a Boat Hull the Easy Way
The Cost to Clean a Boat Hull
To have our boat cleaned used to cost us $100 -$150. Now we have money left for a dinner by boat or a shopping spree.
$2 - Bar Keepers Friend
$2 - Scotch-Brite Sponge
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