Vinyl requires periodic cleaning to maintain its neat appearance and to prevent the buildup of dirt and contaminants that may permanently stain and reduce the life of the vinyl. The frequency of cleaning depends on the amount of use and environmental conditions to which the vinyl is subjected. The procedures used for cleaning are dependent upon the end use circumstances.
In general, most common stains can be cleaned using warm, soapy water and clear water rinses. Moderate scrubbing with a medium-bristle brush will help to loosen soiling material from the depressions of embossed surfaces. For stubborn stains, use Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner spray, agitate with a gentle scrub brush and then rinse with water.
• Powdered abrasives, cleaners containing abrasives, steel wool and industrial strength cleaners are not recommended for vinyl.
• Any lacquer solvent will cause immediate, irreparable damage to the vinyl. (Solvents will remove the top coat on the vinyl, allowing the plasticizers to migrate, first
causing a tacky surface. Next, the surface will become hard and crack.)
• Wax or protectors should never be used on any vinyl upholstery, as it will cause premature brittling and cracking.
• Dilute chlorine bleach before using. Never use at full strength.
• If flammable solvents such as alcohol, turpentine or varsol are used for cleaning, only small quantities should be employed in a well-ventilated area. Exercise proper
care by advising any personnel in the area and keep away from any ignition source. Always wear protective gloves.
Note: Stronger cleaners, detergents and solvents may be effective in stain removal, but can cause either immediate damage or slow deterioration. Many such materials are wrongly recommended in the marine and other related industries. The use of such cleaners is at the owner's own risk. Certain stains may become permanently set unless they are removed immediately.
Procedures for the removal of the more severe staining agents are outlined below.
• Ballpoint Ink, Permanent Marker: Ink spots will stain vinyl permanently. Immediate wiping with rubbing alcohol in a well-ventilated area will remove much of the stain.
Use Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner. Spray on stain, let set for 30 seconds, wipe dry with Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel. Repeat if necessary.
• Oil-Based Paint: The use of turpentine in a well-ventilated area will remove any fresh paint. Dried paint must be moistened carefully with a semi-solid gel-type stripper
so that the softened paint can be gently scraped away. Rinse with soap and water. Caution: Direct contact with paint strippers will remove the print pattern from a vinyl.
Paint strippers are very corrosive. Take care to avoid skin contact by wearing protection.
• Latex Paint: Fresh paint can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Hot soapy water will normally remove dried latex. Use Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner. Spray on stain,
let stand for 10 seconds, wipe off with terry cloth or Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel.
• Tar, Asphalt: Remove immediately, as prolonged contact will result in a permanent stain. First spray Yacht Brite Serious Shine, let set for 20 seconds, remove tar or
asphalt. Use a cloth lightly dampened with mineral spirits and rub the stain gently, working from the outer edge of the stain toward the center in order to prevent
spreading. Rinse with soap and water.
• Crayon, Mustard, Ketchup: Sponge with mild soap and water. For stubborn stains that may have set, use a cloth soaked in diluted Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner
and rub gently. Any remaining stain should be washed with diluted bleach. Rinse repeatedly with clear, cold water.
• Chewing Gum: Scrape off as much as possible with a dull knife. Rubbing with an ice cube will make it easier to remove when scraping. The remaining gum should
then be removed by using Yacht Brite Serious Shine. Spray on, let set for 10 to 20 seconds, wipe off with soft cloth or Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel.
• Lipstick, Grease, Oil, Eye Shadow, Shoe Polish: Spray on Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner, let set 10 to 20 seconds, wipe clean with terry cloth or Yacht Brite
Microfiber Towel. Apply a small quantity of mineral spirits by means of a cloth with gentle rubbing. Take care not to spread the stain by smearing it beyond its original
source. No time should be lost in removing shoe polish, because it contains a dye that will cause permanent staining. Rinse thoroughly with water.
• Candy, Ice Cream, Coffee, Tea, Fruit Stains, Liquor, Wine, Suntan Lotion, Soft Drinks: Use Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner. Spray onto affected area or on a Yacht
Brite Microfiber Towel, let sit 10 to 20 seconds, wipe clean, rinse with water, dry with a soft cloth. Any loose material should be gently scraped with a dull knife.
• Blood, Leaf Residue: Rub out any spots with a clean cloth soaked in cool water. If stubborn spots remain, use Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner. Spray on affected
area, let sit for 10 to 30 seconds. Wipe clean with terry cloth or Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel.
• Bird Excreta, Nausea Stains: Sponge the area with soapy water containing diluted bleach until the stain is removed. Rinse thoroughly with water. For stubborn stains
spray Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner, let sit for 10 to 20 seconds. Wipe with terry cloth or Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel.
• Urine Stains: Sponge with Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner. Spray and wipe dry with terry cloth or Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. If
stain still persists, sponge stain with warm water and Yacht Brite Moldaway (use as directed on package).
• Surface Mildew: Use Yacht Brite Moldaway. Mix the Moldaway powder with warm water (as directed), sponge into affected area and rinse with water. Repeat if
Note: Yacht Brite Moldaway quickly removes mold and mildew from most all surfaces including carpet, vinyl and canvas. Yacht Brite Moldaway does not contain bleach or chlorine; it is an oxygenating enzyme cleaner that is nontoxic.
Interior Marine Vinyl Care and Cleaning
All interior vinyl should be periodically cleaned to maintain its appearance and to prevent build-up of dirt and contaminants. Any stain, spill or soiling should be cleaned up promptly to prevent the possibility of permanent staining. When cleaning, always rub gently.
• Dry Soil, Dust, Dirt: Remove with a Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel or soft cloth.
• Dried-On Dirt: Wash with a soft cloth dampened with water.
• Variations in Surface Gloss: Wipe with a water-dampened Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel and allow to air dry.
• Stubborn Dirt: Wash with a soft cloth dampened with Yacht Brite Brite Wash or Ivory soap and water. Rinse with clean water.
• Stubborn Spots, Stains: Spray with either Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner or Yacht Brite Serious Shine and rub with a Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel. Rinse with
• Liquid Spills: Wipe immediately with a clean Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel. Rinse with clean water.
Food Grease, Oily Stains: Spray immediately using either Yacht Brite Serious Marine Cleaner or Yacht Brite Brite Wash, wiping with a Yacht Brite Microfiber Cloth. Take care not to extend the area of contamination beyond its original boundary. Rinse with clean water.
Caution: Stronger cleaners, detergents and solvents may be effective in stain removal, but can cause either immediate damage or slow deterioration. Many such materials are wrongly recommended in the marine and other related industries. The use of such cleaners is at the owner's own risk.Powdered abrasives, abrasive cleaners and steel wool damage vinyl, as do strong solvents, lacquer solvents and inks. Lotions, suntan oil, waxes and polishes, etc., contain oils and dyes that can cause stiffening and staining of vinyl. Never use steam heat, heat guns or hair dryers.
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