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Old 05-30-2023, 01:01 PM   #1
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Washing Salt Off Boat

I've searched the forum for a number of combinations, and was surprised to not find any threads pertaining to washing salt off of boats!

What are you doing that works? What products are you using?

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Old 05-30-2023, 01:17 PM   #2
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Google says; Star Brite Salt Off Concentrate, Salt-Away Saltwater Remover, and Seaworks Boat Salt Remover. To remove salt stains, prepare a solution of 1 cup vinegar and a squirt of dish soap to every gallon of warm water.

Usually it rains here, sometimes there is water on the dock and I have a salt water hose to soften up dried salt. The windows need to be done in any event. White vinegar seems to work for everything on boats.
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Coincidentally I'm washing the boat today. I use an ounce to 2 gallons of water. For persistent stains I use a worn out Scotchbrite sponge with straight soap. Works well, wax friendly, supposedly environmentally friendly, and usually goes on sale in the fall clearance. A bottle lasts 3 or 4 years.

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I've searched the forum for a number of combinations, and was surprised to not find any threads pertaining to washing salt off of boats!

What are you doing that works? What products are you using?

Thanks!
Foolproof timesaving method:

Step (1) Find an intelligent, hardy, woman.
Step (2) Trick said woman into marrying you.
Step (3) Sleep with new wife until you have a kid.
Step (4) Hand kid a sponge and a hose.
Step (5) Point at boat.

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Old 05-30-2023, 06:19 PM   #5
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There is a product called "salt away" that we use on cars in the winter to de-salt cars from road salt,, it works very well and sprays on with a hose..>>>Dan
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Coincidentally I'm washing the boat today. I use an ounce to 2 gallons of water. For persistent stains I use a worn out Scotchbrite sponge with straight soap. Works well, wax friendly, supposedly environmentally friendly, and usually goes on sale in the fall clearance. A bottle lasts 3 or 4 years.

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Are you asking about stains or just rinsing off the salt? I have a good friend that used to work for Procter & Gamble designing cleaning products who I asked what to use for rinsing salt off the boat after a day on the FL Gulf coast. He looked at me like I was a bit slow....water is his answer. Salt is obviously water soluble so I was apparently over thinking it. A good coat of wax on the hull really helps but that's all I have used since that moment.
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Are you asking about stains or just rinsing off the salt? I have a good friend that used to work for Procter & Gamble designing cleaning products who I asked what to use for rinsing salt off the boat after a day on the FL Gulf coast. He looked at me like I was a bit slow....water is his answer. Salt is obviously water soluble so I was apparently over thinking it. A good coat of wax on the hull really helps but that's all I have used since that moment.
Your pal at P&G was right. The problem is that salt is not the only particulate that is left behind and the others are not as water soluble. I just use dawn and a very soft brush. And the kid.
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Your pal at P&G was right. The problem is that salt is not the only particulate that is left behind and the others are not as water soluble. I just use dawn and a very soft brush. And the kid.
Dawn will take off the wax also. Thatís why they invented boat soap (and car wash soap, for that matter).
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I use Shurhold Boat Wash. Never Dawn.
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I just use plain water from my dock hose with a nozzle. Washes the chunky salt right off the hull, works every time and looks good.
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I 90% use rain
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Dawn will take off the wax also. Thatís why they invented boat soap (and car wash soap, for that matter).
What is this "wax" you speak of?
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I guess I'm just a little slow here, as I just use fresh water . . . Either on the dock, or just switch the wash down pump (used for cleaning the anchor and chain as it's brought) over to fresh water, then turn on the water maker if needed!
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Sometimes the hose isn’t enough. But the hose plus a soft rag/micro fleece (windows) or very soft brush usually is. Surprisingly rain usually isn’t enough unless it’s wind driven. Even then the side opposite the rain is still left with salt residue.
Like boat soap but like non skid cleaner more. Then don’t need to wander around with two bottles.
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We use fresh water from the dock with a little bit of dawn with a brush.
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Foolproof timesaving method:

Step (1) Find an intelligent, hardy, woman.
Step (2) Trick said woman into marrying you.
Step (3) Sleep with new wife until you have a kid.
Step (4) Hand kid a sponge and a hose.
Step (5) Point at boat.

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Another reason for loving a timber boat.
No need to worry about washing salt off
Salt loves timber and timber loves salt
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We use fresh water from the dock with a little bit of dawn with a brush.
The Dawn may strip off your wax.
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My dad taught me this in 1970.

To wash the salt water off of a boat, first spray entire boat with fresh water (starting at the top) from a hose.

Wait 10 minutes for most of the water to run off.

Then spray entire boat with hose again.

The first soaking "releases" the salt. The second soaking washes it off.

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