If your pontoon boat has stayed outside without use, you may have found that the seats have become dirty and slightly mildewed. If you are ready to use your boat and want to clean the seats, use the following three-step guide to cleaning your pontoon boat seats using household products you may already have at home:
Step 1: Dry Scrub the Seats
This first step involves removing any excess dirt and mildew from the seats before you clean them. To do this, you will need a scrub brush with nylon bristles and an old toothbrush.
First, scrub the large, open areas of the seat with the nylon brush. Then, use the toothbrush to remove any grime from the crevices and rolled upholstery fabric. Once you have removed most of the excess, move on to the next step.
Step 2: Treat Mildew with Vinegar
Once the top layer of dirt and mildew has been removed, the next step is to treat the mildew stains. You can do this using white distilled vinegar, which burns the mildew and dries it up as the vinegar is absorbed.
Using a dry cloth, apply the vinegar full strength to the stains, and wipe off any mildew that is removed during the application process. Then, apply more vinegar to the seats and let it sit for about an hour. Leaving the vinegar on the seats ensure that you have removed any traces of the mildew.
After the time is up, use a wet rag to remove the vinegar and remaining mildew. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 3: Wash the Seats with Dish Soap and Water
Once the mildew has been removed, it is time to wash away the dirt and grime that has accumulated on your seats. For this step, you will need a bucket of soapy water made with a gallon of hot water and a teaspoon of dish soap. The dish soap will remove the dirt without harming the fabric of your boat seats.
Use a sponge or rag to wash the seats with the soapy water. For areas of stuck-on muck, scrub them with the nylon brush you used in the first step. Rinse the seats thoroughly once you have washed them.
By using the above guide, you should be able to clean off any light dirt and mildew from your seats. However, if they are stained or covered with heavy mildew, you may want to contact a recreation and sports store that deals with pontoon boat seats to see if they have any recommendations for cleaners you can use to thoroughly clean your seats.