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Deck cleaning

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What is the best deck cleaning detergent at the end of the season. I want to get a little Lake gunk etc... Off the deck then rinse it off. I plan on doing that in late Oct. Then Fabric cote & 303 the hull.

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Re: Deck cleaning

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I use Simple Green for outdoor cleaning.
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That's what I was thinking about too. Have you noticed color fade after washing?

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Re: Deck cleaning

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No fade. None of my boats have faded over the 17 years I've been playing with folders. I regularly treat the hulls with 303.
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Re: Deck cleaning

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I don't clean my boat as often as I should but when I do I just use the Ivory liquid from the kitchen sink. I'm not sure Simple Green is that simple... I know it's not actually 'Green.' I think the Ivory washes off pretty thoroughly and it seems to do a good job.

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40 years ago I worked as a lab tech at a detergent mfg co. Dish soap at that time, was predominately laurel sodium sulfonate, among many other things. When that detergent dries it leaves a film if not thoroughly rinsed off. Dirt attracts to the residue and causes re soiling. Many other detergents such as clothing & carpet detergents are sodium sulfonates and when dry if not rinsed off will form a powder which will come off easily and not attract dirt.

Simple Green has no butyls or harsh alkaline building agents. I may check with my brother in law who owns a carpet cleaning business for a neutral cleaner to wash the deck with. I can see some dirt buildup on the deck from lake water over the last season. We plan to take the boat to the Smokey Mountains in Oct and sail on a few TVA lakes while there. We did Tellico Lake 2 years ago with our Advanced Elements Convertible before we upgraded to the Long Haul.

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Re: Deck cleaning

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hmmm, let us know what you find out Frank. I like the Ivory because my glasses always dry clean and although I'm a good washer I aint that good a rinser. Ha.

I've got some stains on my hulls that just don't come clean no more. Kind of a bummer.

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Re: Deck cleaning

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It may be unrealistic but I do hope the deck stays new and clean looking for many years. The lakes we sail on are pretty clear but there is algae and dirt that builds up over time. I scooped up a bottle of water the other day to wet a trailer bumper and the water looked as clear as drinking water but when you look at the water from the boat you see the entire water column and the bottom so it looks greenish in the shallower areas.

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