Manage Mold and Mildew
A clean boat is a happy boat, so follow these tips
to keep your Grady happy for generations to come!
Do you ever look around your Grady and wonder how to keep it looking
new? A great way to do this is to prevent mold and mildew from gaining a
foothold and becoming an eyesore on your Grady. Cleaning on a regular
basis will keep these at bay.
Mildew is very difficult to remove once it’s established, so clean
with nonchlorine mildew removers and cleaners to keep this from
happening. How often you’ll need to clean depends on your local
conditions. You can use stronger cleaners including products like soft
scrub, but be very careful with anything containing bleach like Tilex®.
Heavy cleansers and bleaches can damage gel coats, so a quick wash and
clean up after every outing is the very best way to keep your
Test any cleaner in an inconspicuous area to make sure that it won't
damage or discolor surrounding surfaces. After applying the cleaner,
allow it to soak on the area. Some areas may need to be scrubbed with a
brush or cloth or cleaned more than once. After this, rinse the area
thoroughly with plenty of water.
Grady-Whites are designed so that clean up is a snap! Every
Grady-White has a glass liner and is self-bailing, so rinse water drains
overboard by force of gravity through big scuppers.
There are products that are designed to act as barriers to mold and
mildew. One such product is Bioshield® 75. Some of us here at
Grady-White have been using this product on our personal boats, and we
have seen good results. Bioshield is applied to a clean surface and
allowed to dry. The surface will still need to be cleaned, but the
formation of mold and mildew is inhibited between cleanings. Bioshield
can be used on other mildew-prone surfaces such as canvas and cushions.
The product should be reapplied about every 90 days. Find more
information about it here.
There’s also a “green” home remedy solution for mold issues on your
Grady: vinegar. Vinegar is safe, environmentally friendly and just as
effective at killing mold as bleach. Simply fill a spray bottle with
straight undiluted household white vinegar, spray it directly on the
mold and watch it disappear! It is important not to dilute the vinegar
with water. Vinegar has a strong smell but the odor will fade away in a
Keeping your boat clean and free of mold and mildew will help you
have a great time on the water with friends and family. It only takes a
little time after a wonderful day on your Grady-White to ensure the
next trip will be just as enjoyable!