Preservation of New Upholstery:
Note: When cleaning, do NOT not place on plastic bags, newspaper etc. from which the print may dissolve and produce stains. We found that years ago at a boat show demo!
[Note: Microfiber cloth is exceptionally safe and has microscopic "capillaries" that "suck up" water or oil much more than a regular towel or sponge. Indeed, for mild cleaning, it is often unnecessary to use any cleaning product at all, just water]
Stains, their prevention & removal:
An outer coating of SILKENSEAL™ will prevent staining of upholstery by newsprint, airborne pollutants, rust, suntan lotion and more.
ISLAND GIRL® Cleansers will remove stains that other products cannot, but only stains that are NOT chemically combined with the underlying vinyl molecular structure.
Apply the appropriate Cleanser-Conditioner to the stained area and allow to soak. Then attempt to "Draw up" the stain, using a small ball of paper towel soaked in more of the cleanser. If the upholstery is grained, use the torn edge of a 3M synthetic steel wool scuff pad (grey, "000" grade). Use with a "chopping" motion to penetrate the grain. This is particularly important for removing superficial mildew stains. On very soft vinyl, the 3M white ("0000" grade) pad should be used.
On white upholstery, use of SEA GLOW™ is preferred, since the blue fluorescing agents will make minor stain residue "disappear" in the presence of daylight.
Stains that cannot be removed: Stains from creosote, tar, marker pen and some paints may irreversibly combine with the vinyl molecules and become permanent. The vinyl of upholstery is usually too thin to allow the draconian methods (strong solvents, sanding etc) that can work on the very thick white vinyl of boat fenders and cowl vents. Here, the use of a good quality vinyl paint is a less expensive alternative to replacing the upholstery.
Mildew: Although our Cleanser-Conditioners can prevent the growth of mildew and algae, they, nor any other product, can remove deep-seated mildew stains. The only alternative is to replace the upholstery or apply a vinyl paint.