Features November 2010 Issue

Marine Maintenance: Multi-purpose Cleaners Test

Testers search for a single cleaner that can tackle most dirty boat jobs.

We tested a total of 15 products—including eco-friendly cleaners, concentrated formulas, degreaser-cleaners, and even one homebrew formula—from 11 manufacturers. While the test field wasn't inclusive of all the marine cleaners marketed as multi-purpose products, it did include a good cross-section of products from such companies as Star brite, Nautical Ease, Spray Nine, Yacht Brite, Biokleen, MDR, and Marykate. To get an idea of how they would stand up to real-world tasks, the products were tested on grease and grime on multiple surfaces—fiberglass, rubber, vinyl, and Formica. Practical Sailor also measured the pH balance of each test cleaner to find out which products were best suited for certain applications. With multiple data tables presenting the test findings, the report offers PS's picks for the best general cleaner, the best green cleaner, and the product that offers the best clean for the buck.

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