By Margie Anderson
Itís hard to be humble when youíve got
the snazziest rig on the ramp. Boats and RVs are big investments,
and keeping them looking sharp is good sense.
You want to be careful, especially when cleaning your boat,
because you donít want to introduce any hazardous chemicals into the
Wiping down your boat as soon as you get it off the ramp is the
best way to keep it free from deposits and scum that could build up
over time. A lot of guys keep a spray bottle of white vinegar on
hand because it works to keep hard-water stains away and shines up
One of the things that we use on our boats is called "Buff This!"
boat polish. It does a super job getting all the watermarks and scum
off the boat and leaves it looking as if it just came off the
Itís safe to use on almost any surface, too. You can get Buff
This! online at
Even if all you do is a quick wipe-down, itís better than
nothing. If you want to leave the rest until you get home, there are
a bunch of different cleaners on the market.
First off, go to the automotive section of your local big-box
store and buy a couple of those fake chamois cloths that come rolled
up in a tube. Those things are perfect for wiping down the boat
because they do a fantastic job and can be put back in the tube damp
with no problems.
If time on the road has done a job on your RV or boat, try some
Safe-T-Solve cleaner/degreaser on it. This is a fast-acting,
water-based cleaner that is biodegradable.
It removes heavy grease and oil, adhesives, glue, inks and even
marker, so it really cuts through the road tar. Just spray it on and
then either wipe or rinse it off ó itíll even get those yucky bugs
The same company that makes Safe-T-Solve also makes a live-well
cleaner that removes bloodstains and odors, along with mold, mildew,
and algae stains. Just mix it with water and circulate the pump or
sponge out the box.
I knew a guy who accidentally left some fish in the live well for
quite a while, and this stuff even got that smell out. You can find
all the Iosso products at
If your boat has gone beyond what simple cleaning can do, maybe
you need some Fiberglass Reconditioner. This stuff removes oxidation
and chalking, water-lines, spots, and all those things that make
your boat look old and nasty.
It also leaves a protective coating, so you donít even have to
wax over it, and it wonít cause problems if you need to re-finish
There are plenty of metal polishes on the market, so keeping your
props and other metal surfaces looking new is pretty easy. Just make
sure you read the directions carefully, and if there are any harmful
chemicals, be sure to use the metal polish far from the water and
remove all of it before re-launching the boat.
If your cooler or the fridge in your RV gets smelly, Iosso Cooler
Cleaner will take care of the problem. Itíll clean thermos bottles
and plastic dishes, too.
Itís biodegradable and it comes as a concentrated powder.
To keep your cooler and fridge clean, leave the door or lid
propped open when not in use. Letting the air circulate will keep
bad smells from developing.
To absorb odors, try an old nylon stocking with some activated
charcoal in it, or use an open dish of baking soda.