Whether you live in the North, where canopies are removed for winter, or in the South, where they tend to be a more permenant fixture, boat lift canopy care, and maintenance will postpone the need for replacement.
Regardless of the fabric material of your canopy, it cannot withstand the harsh weather forever.
Your boat lift canopy is designed to protect your boat from the elements, but in so doing, it takes the brunt of whatever nature can throw at it.
Follow these guidelines to ensure you get the maximum life out of your canopy.
Steps To Follow When Removing Your Boat Lift Canopy For Storage
1. Don’t allow water to puddle for long periods of time when the canopy is in use. Bird droppings, water, and dirt can cause discoloration and affect the quality of your canopy. Wash it to remove the dirt before storage.
2. Tree sap and battery acid also cause corrosion, which may form a hole in the canopy. Make sure to keep your canopy free of both.
3. Allow the canopy to dry completely before folding it. A damp or wet canopy can become breeding ground for mold and mildew. When storing your canopy, a warm and dry location will ensure a longer lifespan.
4. Check that the bag or container you use for storage is breathable. Avoid using plastic, because it will only trap moisture causing rotting and mold to occur.
5. When cleaning the canopy, use mild dish soap and water. Do not use cleaning agents that contain harsh chemicals because they will only damage the fabric.
6. While removing tree sap and bird droppings can be challenging, avoid aggressive cleaning as it will just tear the fabric.
Proper Boat Canopy Care And Storage
Extending the life of your boat lift canopy requires proper cleaning and storage. You need to buy basic supplies that will not damage the fabric. When cleaning the canopy, make sure you remove it from the lift. Then, place it on a flat, clean surface. Aside from mild soap and water, you should only use a soft bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly and allow the canopy to dry before storing it.
Once it has dried thoroughly, you need to fold it several times. Some canopies have their storage bag; otherwise, you can use bags that allow proper air movement. You should also keep the seams and stitching clean and dry. When exposed to moisture, mold will accumulate causing these areas to rot. Prevent small animals like mice and squirrels from getting into your rolled canopy because they can cause stains.
It can be tempting to use materials that will bundle your canopy together such as glue or duct tape, but this material can be tough to remove. When you bind your canopy for long periods, you will notice signs of damage such as splitting and creasing. Storing the canopy on the floor might be a good idea, but it poses a threat to your canopy’s lifespan because moisture can accumulate under the box or bag.
The accessories that come with your boat lift canopies such as bungees, cords, straps, and springs must be stored in a separate bag and kept together with the canopy so you can easily find them when needed. They should be in a separate bag because these items might roll into fabric layers and tear the fabric. These care and maintenance tips can save you the expense of replacement by extending the lifespan of your boat lift canopy.
Do you have any questions or comments about boat lifts? Feel free to contact us anytime. We’re here to help!
IMM Quality Boat Lifts
Call: (800) 545-5603
17030 Alico Center Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33967