Ah, spring boat chores. Putting up sails, changing fluids in the diesel engine, airing out the boat and getting rid of green slime everywhere. Over the years that we have owned our boat, I can’t tell you how many hours of our lives we have spent removing mildew and mould from the boat’s surfaces and finery. One of the more difficult places to get rid of mildew is the Sunbrella canvas.
Sunbrella fabric has a protective coating on it so if you use harsh chemicals and scouring pads you also remove the protective coating. We are conscious of the cleaning products that we use on the boat and use environmentally friendly products whenever possible. The problem is that many environmentally friendly products do not have the ‘umph’ to get rid of mildew.
A fellow boater told me that he soaks his sail covers overnight in the tub with bleach to remove mildew. I really try to stay away from bleach because it is so harsh on the environment. I’ve tried vinegar, vinegar + baking soda, baking soda + Blue Dawn with poor results. Out of desperation, I tried a mold and mildew product but the results were mediocre at best.
Enter on the stage – FrogWash. I bought this cleaner for our condo because it was environmentally friendly and could be used for multiple cleaning jobs. Take a look at the label!
Not only could I use one product, I would also have more room in my cupboard and can refill the bottle with a concentrate so less garbage.
After experiencing great results at home, I decide to try it on the boat. Oh my gosh. It is terrific on stainless steel and gives a nice shine to the teak floors. But more importantly it works on mildew. Take a look at the before and after photos of my motor cover.
The trick is to follow the instructions. Imagine that! The product works best if you let it sit for a few minutes. You do have to scrub with a soft cloth but it is worth it.
In Victoria, I buy Frog at Capitol Iron on 1900 Store Street. Note to self: don’t Google “frog cleaning”. Gross! Instead, Google “frog cleaning product” or check out their website. Frog Wash is made by Zen FarmZ Environmental Solutions Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.