Thursday, September 16th, 2010

End of Summer Boat Cleaning and Storage

It’s September. The leaves are turning. The kids are heading back to school. And it’s time for us here at Glacier Outdoor Center to stow away our boats for the summer season.

With 30-some boats to store every fall — we’ve worked out a pretty good system! If you’re packing up your raft and looking for a few tricks, check out our Five Steps for End of Summer Storage.

Step 1 — Wash your boat thoroughly

Step 2 — Dry the boat completely; any wetness in the fall means mildew in the spring

Step 3 — Wipe down the raft with a cleaner such as 303 Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner. This product contains no soaps, detergents or solvents. It’s biodegradable and rinses residue free.

Step 4 — Deflate the raft completely. Use a shop vac to get all the water out of the inside of the raft.

Step 5 — Store deflated rafts flat. Do not roll or fold, which may cause cracking.

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