Originally Posted by MrAntigone
Anyone have any tips on the best deck
cleaners - black streaks, gas leak stains, rust stains, and general dirt/grime?
I tried some Starbrite Black Streak Cleaner on some black streaks with mixed results - it worked with a Scotchbrite pad but not so much on older streaks or with a rag. Dawn in water
was fine for general dirt/grime but did nothig for black streaks or rust stains.
I know Starbrite has a rust stain remover, but what about more general cleaners - rather than purchasing
every specific cleaner for each specific cosmetic issue - bleach? Fine grit wet sandpaper?
By far the best all-around cleaner I have found is called "Barkeeper's Friend." It's right in with the other powdered cleaners in Publix, in a gold and white cardboard canister. (It also comes in liquid form in a squeeze bottle, but I have found the powder much more effective.)
Barkeeper's friend gets out rust stains from fiberglass
, polishes stainless steel
, gets up stains from bird poop even when they've eaten dark berries, gets fruit juice stains out of the cockpit
and generally makes everything sparkle. Sometimes you have to use it several times. On stubborn spots, like rust, make a paste with the powder (don't bother with the liquid) and let it sit about five minutes.
It costs only about $2.00 a can, and a little goes a long way. Sprinkle just a little on your deck, scrub lightly with a brush broom, and rinse off. It gets out dirt that has caked in little grooves for months. I haven't found anything on the boat yet it won't clean well. It even does a great job in the head
if you get a calcium crust in there, although it will take several applications and a little elbow
grease (that is the one place where I use the liquid form). Remarkably, my mechanical parts
had started squeaking. I cleaned the bowl with Barkeeper's Friend, and the mechanical parts
stopped squeaking as well.