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Old 20-06-2013, 11:45   #16
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

The Motor Scrubber that Sailcruiser found is the one I remember. I thought they had gone out of business.
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:24   #17
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

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Have you tried Barkeeper's Friend?
Well, I was a bit dubious, but I bought a can of powder at a reasonable price from a hardware store. TRULY IMPRESSED !! THANK YOU ! Much better than liquid Vim, which is what we've been using up to now. As said on the Friend's can "Once used, always used" (or something like that !) Did the job with very little hard scrubbing.

Not tried the Davis stuff, no need with the above. I'll investigate the electrics when I have time.

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Old 22-06-2013, 05:16   #18
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

The best way to clean your decks is to take your craft thru a good gale ;lacking a nearby gale I use a small pressure washer once per season but one must avoid any fabrics and lines which will be shredded by injudicious and overenthusiastic application.
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Old 22-06-2013, 05:43   #19
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

I use a Koblenz P-2600 Commercial Floor and Carpet Shampoo/Polisher for my linoleum and tile floors at home. Very effective and takes the human scrubbing effort out of it, as it basically glides over the surface while spinning. It comes with a variety of round pads and brushes. I find the 3M scrubby style pads most effective at really stubborn grime. I would advise you to use only fine pads on the deck, out of concern for scratching.

One word of caution about using harsh chemical cleaners; they can etch gelcoat and paint surfaces -- especially if you let them sit a while or dry in the sun. If your topsides are painted be VERY careful about runoff etching the paint.
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

Nobody has suggested a drive-thru car wash for boats?

I like the idea of paying a kid 20 bucks.
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Can't believe you guys insist on scrubbing! This is a photo of my deck- never scrubbed--- just spray chlorox ever few months.


Hey to each his own...
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Re: Deck scrubbing - alts to doing it by hand ?

I would recommend against the pressure washer idea. I have known folks to do it when they were about to strip the deck for painting, but even the cheap pressure washers can easily create leaks where none were.

Elbow grease, yours or otherwise is probably your best bet.
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