Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 28-11-2015, 06:20   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Ontario
Boat: Ontario32
Posts: 87
Cleaning Cane Inserts

Our boat has locker doors with cane inserts. The inserts are starting to look a bit aged against the joinery which responds well to teak oil each spring. Does anyone have a good process for cleaning cane? The last thing I want is to ruin the material.

Crew of Turning is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-11-2015, 07:30   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: North Carolina
Boat: Seaward 22
Posts: 647
Re: Cleaning Cane Inserts

can you replace it with synthetic cane?

ohdrinkboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-11-2015, 07:51   #3
Registered User
Orion Jim's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Noank, Ct. USA
Boat: Cape Dory 31
Posts: 855
Images: 6
Re: Cleaning Cane Inserts

I'd pick a door in an out of the way spot, maybe the head. Spray it with simple green and give it a few seconds to soak in before gently wiping it of with a damp towel. I'll bet you just have an accumulation of dirt to deal with. If simple green has no effect you may have cane which was "sealed" with something like polyurethane and you'll have to test more aggressive products like xylene. If you must go to the more aggressive products just test a small spot to see if it is effective.
Orion Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-11-2015, 14:09   #4
Senior Cruiser
Ann T. Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 7,117
Re: Cleaning Cane Inserts

Ours are varnished. Vacuum them first to remove most of the loose stuff. Then a sponge in a solution of dishwashing detergent (like Joy or Dawn or Palmolive) with warm water, and sponge them off.

If they were unsealed, mold may have become established in them, making them look "dirty", blackish. In that case, 10 drops of clove oil to 2 cups warm water, and sponge them thoroughly with that. It is said that the clove oil penetrates the pores the molds secure in, and kill it there. If the boat is in a highly humid area, you do not use de-humidifiers, and the cane is unsealed, you may have to do this every three months or so. Time will tell.

At any rate, good luck with it. I like the cane we have; the air circulation is great.

Ann & Jim, U.S. s/v Insatiable II, SE Qld, for a while
Ann T. Cate is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cane Garden Bay Tortolla ??? Soul Chef General Sailing Forum 10 17-12-2013 10:31
Antal Batten Cars - Composite Fibre Inserts. Rumble Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 0 04-09-2013 01:41
Oarlock Socket Inserts off-the-grid Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 3 13-09-2011 14:09
Cheap Place in Gulf to Haul Out for 'cane Season Finditsurfit Multihull Sailboats 0 13-06-2010 14:21
Just in time for 'Cane Season...Our Tax Dollars at Work...For Now... Geoff S. Atlantic & the Caribbean 8 16-06-2007 06:38

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:45.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.