There’s a big difference between marine soaps and the soap used in a home kitchen. In Shurhold Industries’ Clean-n-Simple video, the company offers tips on how to make sure the best soap for the job is used and won’t strip a boat’s finish.
First off, standard kitchen soap is really strong and designed to cut grease and other compounds. This feature is not good for boats, as it will quickly degrade the wax finish exposing the surface to the elements.
Additionally, while both good quality auto and marine soaps will not strip wax, not all automotive soaps are environmentally friendly for the waterways around a vessel. Conversely, marine soap will work perfectly on cars or RVs.
Last and maybe most important is to follow the mixing directions on the soap. More is not always better. Using a mixture that is too rich in soap will cause several issues, such as it may be too strong and strip wax. It may also result in soap spots being left behind as it dries, since it is harder to properly rinse off. Using the wrong concentration may also lead to the soap no longer being environmentally friendly.
Shurhold’s Brite Wash is a high quality boat wash that when used properly won’t strip wax. It’s scientifically formulated to clean fiberglass, clear coat, metal, rubber and painted surfaces. It costs only $11.98 for 32 oz.
Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.
Contact Shurhold, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL 34990. 800-962-6241; Fax: 772-286-9620. www.shurhold.com.