How to Clean Canvas Boat Covers

What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Mini vac
Mild liquid soap
Warm water
Garden hose
Scrub brush

Canvas boat covers are very effective tools for protecting your boat from assorted dirt and debris. For best results, however, you will need to give your canvas boat covers an occasional cleaning.

Step 1 - Remove Dust From the Cover

Before proceeding to clean a canvas boat cover, you'll need to rid it of any caked-on dust. To do this, unfurl the cover, neatly spread it out and proceed to run a vacuum cleaner or mini vac over it. If you don't have access to either of the aforementioned cleaning tools, use a broom and dustpan to purge all the dust from your boat cover.

Step 2 - Scrub the Cover

Having thoroughly dusted your cover, you're ready to begin the cleaning process. Start this procedure by producing a homemade cleaning solution of warm water and mild liquid soap in a clean bucket. Next, use a scrub brush to apply the newly formed cleaner to your cover, then give the entire cover a thorough scrubbing. Once the cover has been successfully cleaned, use a garden hose to rinse off any remaining traces of your cleaning solution.

Step 3 - Dry Your Cover

Now that you've cleaned the cover, you'll need to hang it on a clothesline and allow it to air dry. Once the cover has had ample time to fully dry, put it back on the boat or neatly fold it and store it in a well-ventilated, dust-free environment.