There’s nothing quite like a dirty canopy or canvas to ruin the look of your boat (and your day), but don’t order a new one just yet. Whilst, yes, canvas and vinyl boat canopies can be very hard to clean, especially stubborn stains and mildew, it’s not impossible providing you do it the best way.

A good cleaning will go a long way to making your canopy look like new.

How to clean a boat canopy (vinyl or canvas)

Here’s how to clean mold off a boat canopy, get stains off, and have it looking almost as good as it was when you first bought your boat.

  1. Remove the fabric from the boat and lay it out flat.
  2. Remove any loose debris and hose down the fabric.
  3. Using soapy water and a soft-bristled brush, scrub the fabric.
    Allow the soap to sit for about 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse away the soap.
  5. If stains or mildew persist, use a specialty cleaner for the trouble spots.
  6. Allow the canvas to dry completely.

The cleaning process for a boat canopy or canvas is simple. With some simple tools, an afternoon, and some elbow grease, you can make your dingy, dirty canopy like new.

In this article, I’ll give you my cleaning method that won’t hard the canopy vinyl or canvas.

Step by step detailed cleaning instructions

The fabrics used for boat canopies are specially treated so that they are waterproof, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. It helps keep the fabric in good shape for longer, but that doesn’t mean it is impervious to getting dirty with mold, stains, black streaks and so on.

When it does need washing, marine fabric can be more difficult because you can’t use a washing machine or harsh chemicals.

So, how do you clean a boat canopy?

Step 1: Remove the canopy

It is best to remove the fabric from the boat, if at all possible. Having the fabric on the ground will allow you to get into every part of the fabric with ease, and you will be able to scrub harder without damaging it.

This is also a great time to inspect the canopy’s hardware and clean any of the railings that hold it up.

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