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Prolong the Life of Your Vinyl Curtains
Your curtains will last longer and remain in better shape if you take care of them. Here are some great tips on how to clean your curtains and how best to store them when they’re on the boat, when you’re at port, or over the winter months when the boat is not in use.
Curtains are great for protecting you from the elements, but for them to work properly, you need to be able to see through the clear vinyl. Long-term exposure to salt and spray (also in freshwater environments) can lead to reduced visibility. To prevent that from happening, wash your curtains with a vinyl cleaner when you return to the dock. You can also find products to periodically use that will add a light protective coating to the curtains.
When the curtains are not in use, they need to be stored with paper or fabric such as an old sheet or towel between each section. This will prevent the pieces from sticking together and being damaged as they’re pulled apart the next time they’re used. If you plan to use the curtains again soon, they can then be rolled up and stored on the boat, but be cautious when rolling them to make sure the zippers don’t scratch the clear vinyl. If the curtains won’t be used for a long period of time, such as during the winter months when your boat may be in storage, we suggest you lay them flat in a location that is temperature controlled. They can be slid under a bed, for example, to keep them out of the way but accessible and ready for your next trip.