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Keep Your Boat Dock Green Clean

Boating is a great hobby, but without taking proper precautions, it can pollute the surrounding EarthInHandsenvironment. The same stuff that gets your boat clean can also pollute rivers, lakes, and oceans. So what’s the best way to get your boat clean while protecting the environment?

Clean Boats and Cruddy Waters
You obviously want a clean boat. At the same time, the environment needs to stay clean, too. According to estimates, boat owners dump up to 2.6 million gallons of toxins overboard each year. This pollution is a great concern to not only individuals who own boats, but boat dock construction, boat dock builders, and shoreline stabilization engineers. Obviously, something needs to be done to clean up the mess that’s spreading in the waters.

In order to clean up the mess on your boat and prevent a bigger mess on the lake, here are five suggestions:

1. Wax your boat. Waxing your boat prevents the buildup of dirt and mildew, which keeps your boat cleaner longer.

2. Clean topsides. Your boat might need a head-to-toe scrub on occasion, but most of the cleaning should happen above the boot stripe. Scrubbing hulls and boat bottoms can release dangerous toxins from antifouling paint.

3. Watch for oil and fuel spills. Oil and fuel are the most environmentally disastrous pollutants. Be prepared to clean up any little spills by having a supply of rags on board. When it comes to changing your oil, make sure you drop off used filters at the nearest disposal facilities. You’ll find disposal facilities at Texas boat docks and at most deck builders in Virginia.

4. Rinse clean frequently. The best way to get your boat clean is to wash it frequently using plain water. If you wait until a thick layer of green mold appears, you’ll have trouble getting it clean.

5. Choose non-toxic cleaners. A bit of vinegar goes a long way in cleaning most plastic boat surfaces. For fiberglass, try creating a baking soda paste to scrub away stains. These ingredients are far less toxic than most boat cleaners. You can also purchase green boat cleaning products and solutions for maximum cleaning.

How do you minimize environmental impact when you clean your boat?

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