It truly is a catch-22. Your boat belongs on the sea, but the sea can actually ruin your boat’s upholstery. Your boat belongs on a lake, and the lake water can ruin your upholstery. This is why Banister’s Upholstery repairs and replaces boat upholstery, including seats and covers. Your boat is a huge investment, and you’ll hold more money in the investment if it remains in tiptop shape. We can help. Knowledge also helps. Here is how the sea ruins boat upholstery.
1. Sea Air
As you know, sea air is incredibly humid. It’s not as if we don’t have plenty of humidity here in Atlanta, Georgia, but the sea air is even more humid. There is salt in the sea air, as well. What’s worse? There are plenty of seagulls and other sea birds flying around the ocean and relieving themselves on your boat’s upholstery. The combination of humidity, salt, and bird excrement wreaks havoc on your boat covers and all of its upholstery, which require regular cleaning and protection.
A boat is an incredible recreational vehicle. You can head out to sea and sail around, drop anchor and fish, or drop anchor and swim. All of these things draw seawater onto your boat and its upholstery. As you speed along, seawater splashes and sprays into your boat. A vicious fight between you and what is soon to be your prized catch gets seawater everywhere. Swimmers climbing back into the boat and sitting on the seats get them wet with saltwater. You can’t avoid saltwater when out to sea.
3. Sun Rays
Finally, you’re absorbing the sun’s rays when out to sea and so is your boat’s upholstery. You can put sunscreen on your skin, but you can’t put sunscreen on your boat’s upholstery. Consequently, over time, the upholstery will fade due to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Leather or vinyl protectant will help your upholstery, but as it ages, it’s still likely to fade. At some point, you may need to restore your boat’s upholstery in order to restore the condition of your boat. This, unfortunately, becomes necessary because the sea air and saltwater combined with the sun’s rays are hard on the upholstery.
As we said above, Banister’s Upholstery in Atlanta, GA, can help. We would be happy to restore your boat’s upholstery if it can be cleaned and conditioned enough to look like new. If it can’t, we can replace it. We are experts in auto and boat upholstery and we’d be happy to discuss the best upholstery for your boat. Give us a call today.