You probably already know that it’s important to protect your boat lift from the elements. Luckily, all you need is a boat lift canopy to keep it safe. If you want to count on your canopy to protect your boat lift, however, you obviously have to keep it in good shape as well. Fortunately, properly caring for your boat lift canopy is easy, and it mostly only includes keeping it clean. Follow these tips, and this part of maintenance should be a breeze.
1. Use the Right Cleanser
First of all, you should be careful about the type of cleanser that you use to clean your boat lift cover. Bleach and harsh cleansers can cause your vinyl canopy to break down over time, so you should only use a gentle cleanser. You can purchase a vinyl cleanser to do the job, but a cheaper and better option is to mix up a nice solution of gentle soap and water. In fact, you can even use dish soap and water, which you can combine in a bucket. Then, you can use a soft-bristled brush and the soapy mixture to clean away any mildew, mold, salt water and other debris from your vinyl canopy.
2. Let it Dry
Make sure that you do not store or use your boat lift canopy until it has dried completely. The best course of action is to hang it up, such as on a clothesline, to allow it to air dry in the sun.
3. Add a Vinyl Protectant
Each time that you clean your boat lift canopy, you should apply a vinyl protectant. This is because your cover is exposed to the elements on a daily basis, between the salt water, the rain, the sunlight and more, which can all cause damage over time. You can purchase a vinyl protectant from most shops that sell boat lift canopies, and you can carefully apply this protectant with a paper towel or a clean, soft rag. Make sure that you only apply the protectant after your cover has dried completely after cleaning, and do not use it until the protectant has dried as well.
You probably count on your boat lift canopy to help keep your boat lift safe. Luckily, keeping it clean and protected will help it do its job. Follow these steps a few time each year, and you should be able to keep your boat lift canopy in its best possible shape.Read More