View Full Version : How to remove stuborn stains on seats?

05-27-2013, 08:26 PM
I just bought my boat and it sat for about 3 years with just the mooring cover on, I have spots all over the interior especially the back seat.

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Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried Totally Awesome, 303 cleaner with a scrub brush. I've also used a magic eraser, Westley's Bleche-Wite and bleach and it's helped some but not much. I've read bleach is not good for the stitching and fortunately I have the seat out of the boat so I'm not worried about the carpets.

Can mold and stains get under the top layer of the vinyl?

Thanks, Steve

05-27-2013, 10:34 PM
Yes the mold can get behind the vinyl. The back side of vinyl is not as smooth but that usually would mean that there is moisture in the seat or the air got pretty humid. Not sure about the air in the Northeast, but down here in the Southeast, it can get pretty thick. It almost doesn't matter what kind of air flow you have in the dead heat of summer, bc that air will have plenty of moisture in it. Not sure what else to recommend to you though aside from replacing the cover, but I wouldn't want to do that. Have you tried to let that Totally Awesome sit on an area for a few minutes before you started to scrub? Whatever you end up using, make sure you get something that will kill the mold spores and keep them from coming back.

05-28-2013, 10:21 AM
I have used Bleche-White with some success. I would recommend putting it on and leaving it there for several minutes before using a brush. Rinse and then set in direct sunlight as long as you can, like for a week. If that doesn't work/help, replacement may be the only cure.

05-28-2013, 11:31 AM
I have had good luck with Mold Armour in a green bottle from Menards. Follow it up with 303 protectant.

05-28-2013, 11:40 AM
"Totally Awesome"

$1.08 at the local dollar store

05-28-2013, 11:41 AM
The sun can be your friend. Clean it as good as possible then leave it out in the sun for a few days.

05-29-2013, 12:14 PM
Thank you for all the replies. I picked up some Mold Armor at WalMart yesterday but did not try it yet.

I can also try letting the cleaners sit a while longer before I scrub them. I will definately place them out in the sun to see if that helps.

Thanks again, Steve

SP Maristar
05-29-2013, 12:23 PM
I really hope this works for you. We have only had one bad stain so far (bright yellow bird droppings). The only thing that got rid of it was the sun, just like others have said.