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Cleaning Protecting Sunbrella Dodger from Bird Dropping

  Skipper

Donald Kluberdanz asked:

Do you have a product or suggestion for maintaining/cleaning/protecting Dodger & Bimini “Sunbrella” material, particularly from bird droppings?

Answer:

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Boat Clean Plus is excellent for cleaning the bird droppings from all soft surfaces, like Sunbrella canvas as well as hard surfaces like fiberglass. Simply spray it on, full strength, making sure that the entire mess is wet and allow it to work for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it clean. Although Boat Clean Plus is an aggressive cleaner, it is safe for all fabrics and stitching so it won’t damage the canvas or leach the color.

As far as protecting the top from bird droppings, you need to find some way of discouraging the birds from leaving their presents, or covering the top with plastic, which may not be practical. There are numerous devices such as fake Owls, fishing line strung back and forth over the boat, probes or spikes temporarily attached to areas of your boat where they like to perch, etc. to discourage them. Boaters have reported various degrees of success with these items. It may be worth experimenting with them.

There is no chemical that will prevent the bird feces from sticking or attaching.

Thanks for your question,

Captain Aurora

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