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5 Sapper Jordan Rossi Business Park,
Otley Road, Baildon,
BD17 7AX
T. 01943 851444

Cover Care And Maintenance


Make sure that your cover is always correctly tensioned.

This can be done by adjusting the frame work or by tightening the tensioning straps. This will help stop water from pooling.

Seams should, in most cases, sit in line with the frame work.




Roll up doors and windows  rather than folding where possible, if you need to fold panels, try to put in as few folds as possible as some fabric colours as susceptible to creasing.

After storing covers for a while they may need to be gently unfolded and left to reshape before re fitting, especially if its cold. This will not only make it easier to fit but will put less strain on the material and fittings.



Always ensure that you do not strain the zip runner. Make sure the zip is aligned and not under tension (side to side) before closing with the runner. You can use bees wax to help keep the zip runner working nicely. This is available from Canvasman.



When warm air rises in the atmosphere and hits a cold surface, the water vapor in the air turns to liquid.

Moisture in the air from breathing, cooking, and washing etc does not always escape. It can build up and cause damp and mould growth. It is important to ventilate the cover to prevent this from happening.




We recommend cleaning your cover by hosing it down gently as soon as it gets dirty to limit the risk of long term staining from bird droppings, tree sap and mould and algae etc. In addition to this we recommend thoroughly cleaning your cover 1-2 times a year with a non detergent.

Do Not Jet Wash as this destroys the thread and can damage the fabric.

  • Remove the cover from the boat and place it on a polypropylene sheet or other to prevent scratching and dirt from the ground.
  • Gently brush off any loose dirt.
  • Hose down with water (max 30°c)
  • Use a recommended cleaning product and follow their guidelines. Canvasman Ltd can supply you with specialist cleaners if needed.
  • Use a soft brush and plenty of water to work the cleaning solution around the fabric, taking care not to damage any stitching.
  • Rinse thoroughly so all residue has been removed
  • Repeat this process on the inside if required
  • Air dry naturally
  • For best results, we recommend reproofing the fabric on the outside after cleaning. This is not necessary on PVC Fabrics.
  • Window cleaning is best done regularly with warm water, and a cloth. This helps to prevent dust building and can prolong the life of the window material.

Remember to follow the manufacturers Guidelines on the tin on how to apply correctly and safely



  • We recommend using Fabsil, which comes as an aerosol or as a paint on product. The aerosol is convenient, but the product can be lost in a breeze, so we prefer to paint it on with a brush.
  • Apply to the outside of the cover
  • When applying try to work on one panel at a time, and try to keep a wet edge, to avoid tide marks.
  • Air dry naturally

Canvasman Ltd can supply Fabsil. Remember to follow the manufacturers Guidelines on the tin on how to apply correctly and safely.


Mould and Algae

It’s very difficult to remove through general cleaning and can leave a stain on fabrics. There is a specialist product available called Iosso to remove the Algae and kill the mould growth whilst not damaging the fabric.

Follow the same cleaning advice as above but with the correct product. Reproofing is recommended after using this product.

Remember to follow the manufacturers Guidelines on the  on how to apply correctly and safely


Replacing missing fittings

Replace any missing or broken fittings ASAP to limit further damage to your cover occurring. Contact Canvasman for any replacement fittings and our repair service.



Cleaning and reproofing products along with replacement fittings and tools, are available from Canvasman Ltd.

We also offer a cleaning and re proofing service, call us on 01943 851 444 for a quote.

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