05 Jul Maintaining Your Yacht’s Interiors
Owning a boat or a yacht can be incredibly fun and fulfilling, but it also requires a lot of maintenance. You need to ensure that the hull of your boat is clean and solid, that your riggings and masts are functioning, and that your engine is in optimal condition. But you also need to maintain the inside of the craft, as well.
Because marine crafts are in humid, damp environments, it can be hard to keep them clean and free of the elements that, over time, can wear them down. Below are a few ways to maintain your marine craft’s cabin and interiors so you can preserve your investment and enjoy your time onboard.
Thoroughly cleaning your craft
Because most of the surfaces inside your cabin (and even on the outside deck) are vinyl, wood or leather, you need to make sure you’re cleaning them properly. To prevent mold, mildew and odors from constant exposure to salt, humidity and water, you should deep clean your boat’s interior surfaces, wood features and upholstery regularly.
Deep cleans should involve:
- Removing cushions
- Scrubbing floors, cabinets, counters, etc.
- Shifting detachable furniture/fixtures to clean under/around them
- Cleaning and refinishing wood surface
- Washing and drying all fabrics
- Letting in fresh air and sunlight
- Thoroughly drying everything before completion
Many boats and yachts also have fabrics, such as carpets, curtains and more (hopefully of marine grade). Just like with fabrics in a regular home, you need to properly clean them from time-to-time. If you do not clean your boat or yacht fabrics, you run the risk of harboring pests, creating odors, encouraging mildew and damaging subfloors.
Marine crafts are humid environments, and vinyl, leather and wood all act like sponges when there is moisture in the air. Make sure to remove the risk of mildew and odor growth by thoroughly cleaning – and drying – your boat’s interiors.
Preventing mold and odors
Just like in homes and businesses, humidity and lack of airflow onboard your marine craft can impact the health of surfaces, from wood to vinyl to leather. This accumulation of humidity and lack of airflow then leads to mold, mildew and odors that greatly impact your ability to enjoy your craft. Deep cleaning is a great way to prevent or reverse these conditions, but it’s best to support those efforts with a high quality air and surfaces cleaner.
To ensure that the surfaces of your craft are protected, you need both clean air and surfaces with a positive balance of bacteria that counteract the effects that humidity, mold spores and other particles.
BetterAir for your boat or yacht
More than a regular air purifier, BetterAir provides cleaner air and creates a protective shield on both hard and porous surfaces. BetterAir’s technology repeatedly releases Enviro-Biotics™ in the air that, once established on a surface, control and reduce molds, allergens and harmful bacteria that may flourish there. This is a great way to prevent harmful bacteria and mold growth inside your yacht or boat interiors.
Rather than trying to kill all bacteria, we replenish the environment with healthy bacteria. The Enviro-Biotics™ support the growth and nourishment of microflora to bring your indoor environment to a state of balance. This system helps to ensure that your boat or yacht is safe and enjoyable, as well as prevent some of the damage that elements, like mold, may have on your craft’s interiors.
Ensuring proper maintenance for your marine craft, both inside and out, is the best way to enjoy your time on the water, guarantee the health of your environment and maintain your investment.
– Simon Dery, CMO at BetterAir North America