Originally Posted by drh1965
Is it safe to use boat wax on deck non-skid...
NO - NEVER APPLY WAX TO DECKS.
Cleaning Non-Skid Decks
1. Pre-Rinse: Start off by wetting down the entire topsides (coachroof & decks), to loosen up any dried on dirt and grime.
2. Wash the decks, using a mild soap/detergent and deck brush, a section at a time, rinsing as you go, and turning the hose on the rest of the decks to keep them wet till we get to them. This will remove most of what will come off easily.
3. If the deck isn't in too bad condition after the initial washing
, one of the regular non-skid deck cleaners (Aurora, Marykate, Meguiar's Starbrite, West Marine
, and others) will do the job, and leave a non-slippery, protective coating behind to make future washings* easier.
4. More stubborn dirt and black marks left by shoes can be removed by rubbing lightly with a scouring pad, fine steel
wool, or a rag moistened with mineral spirits. Test any strong chemical cleaner, in an inconspicuous location.
4. Rinse, Rinse, & Rinse: Rinse with clean water
to remove residual detergent.
* If the dirt, grime, soot, and oil
don't have time to soak in and dry, they don't become a stain, and wash off with little difficulty. Become lax, even a few times, and the stains build up and eventually become nearly impossible to remedy.