While messy, fish blood is probably the easiest thing to clean off your boat. When fresh it’s as simple as just blasting it with your wash down hose and if you do let it dry it’s nothing that a little soap and some elbow grease can’t fix. But no matter how hard you work to keep your boat clean, over the course of a season, it’s going to get some scuffs and scrapes that normal cleaning just won’t remove. The good news is that there’s a very inexpensive product available that will tackle just about any cleaning job on your boat.
These pads are marketed as house cleaning supplies and priced as such, with a box of 4 costing around $5 at Walmart. That box of 4 might last through one thorough cleaning of a boat, so I’d recommend ordering the generic version from Amazon where you can get 100 pads for about $22.
For the purpose of this article, I went around looking for tough stains or scratches on my boat to clean up. Starting at the front, the bow of my boat was covered with scuff marks from rubbing against the bow roller while putting the boat back on the trailer. I don’t have a before photo, but I can assure you that it looked pretty bad. The boat was slightly wet from washing when I hit it with the melamine foam and the scuffs came off with very little effort.
Next up, I tackled some rust that was on the rim of my spare tire.
This took a little more elbow grease, but within a minute or two I removed most of the rust.
Next up was the tray on the top of my console. This spot is a catch-all for jigs, hooks, leadheads and pliers, all of which slide around as the boat rocks. After a year of abuse, I figured that this area was marred beyond repair but the foam cleaned it right up.