I have a plastic kayak, and after every paddle I rinse it off. If it is very dirty I use ivory dish detergent.
What do you paddlers use?
And don't say you leave it on top of your car, and run it through the car wash. Hmm...
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Posted by: Celia on Jul-02-11 7:52 AM (EST)
we don't go thru the automatic car wash. But the hand hose side works pretty well when they are really loaded with mud etc.
Posted by: nermal on Jul-02-11 8:36 AM (EST)
If you are doing a lot of washing, invest in a pressure washer. No soap needed.
Like me car.....|
Posted by: FatElmo on Jul-02-11 8:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-02-11 3:16 PM (EST)
I never wash my canoe, unless I'm doing some repair work on it. If it is dirty, I just go canoeing again. Sometimes it gets cleaner, sometimes it doesn't.
Only if it has mud on it or a nasty|
Posted by: string on Jul-02-11 5:12 PM (EST)
Wash off the salt|
Posted by: waterspyder on Jul-02-11 7:05 PM (EST)
Boats are used in salt water, so I rinse them off with a hose after every paddle. When I feel like it I wash them with whatever soap is handy in the garage.
if you come here please wash|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-02-11 7:35 PM (EST)
your boat before your visit. I know many of you paddle Eurasian milfoil infested waters.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-03-11 9:39 PM (EST)
right, I don't wash my canoe when I put it back into the same waters that I always end up in. But, that is a good reminder to give it a good scrub to prevent transporting invaders to other waters.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-06-11 8:44 AM (EST)
Plain water from a hose w/ trigger nozzl|
Posted by: pikabike on Jul-02-11 8:41 PM (EST)
There's a lot of worry here about zebra mussels, so a few years ago I began washing the boat off after every paddle instead of every 2 or 3.
Dawn and a scrubber|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Jul-03-11 8:38 AM (EST)
Dawn detergent and one of these: http://tinyurl.com/3b6qwap
Wash then PROTECT|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Jul-03-11 8:46 PM (EST)
Cleaning the kayak is important to prevent cross contamination of lakes/waterways.
FYI on dish washing soap -|
Posted by: Lakelander on Jul-04-11 8:37 AM (EST)
Posted by: captainsmollett on Jul-04-11 10:21 AM (EST)
I only clean mine when I transfer to a different body of water for aforementioned reasons.
Posted by: jimyaker on Jul-05-11 2:31 PM (EST)
If it's really dirty, it usually gets a good rinsing after the trip and a day in the sun to dry. If I'm taking it to the pool or another creek, I use backet with diluted bleach and a scrub brush. The chlorox is bad for plastic, so rinse it off a couple of times after applying. Probably bad for the boat, but I'm confident that I kill the algae and such when I do that.