A custom boat cover can last 15-20 years – IF you take care of it properly. At Canvasworks, we’ve learned a thing or two about maintaining canvas after working with the material for more than three decades. Follow our tips and tricks to keep your custom boat cover looking and performing great for years to come.


Be Gentle

A dirty boat cover might have you reaching for the pressure washer, but that would be a mistake. Even a heavy duty boat cover can be ruined by a power washing; it removes the protective finish on the canvas and can damage the threads, shortening the effective lifespan of your cover.


Be gentle when it comes to boat canvas cleaners too. Although some canvases will tolerate mild soap or other cleaning solutions, we’ve always found pure, plain ol’ water to be enough for most jobs. Brush loose dirt and debris off your boat cover before gently washing it wish a soft brush and clear flowing water. If there are stains, make sure to follow the care instructions before introducing any cleaning products. Let your canvas air dry.


Follow the Care Instructions

Many textile manufacturers, such as Sunbrella and Top Notch, have specific care instructions for their boat covers. Be sure to follow their instructions – they know their materials and the proper way to care for them better than anyone. You can typically find the care instructions on the manufacturer’s website.


Use and Store It Properly

Only use your boat cover for its intended use; do not use any cover that is not made for outdoor winter storage unless it specifically designed to handle the snow loads and winter conditions.


When it comes to storage, don’t keep your boat cover under the trees or in the shade (which promotes mold growth), and make sure your cover is clean and dry before storing it. Lastly, never roll your canvas up and leave it on the floor, which can attract mice and other pests. We recommend tying a rope around the boat cover and hanging it from the rafters in your garage.


Make Repairs ASAP

If you notice any holes, tears, rotted seams, missing snaps, or other flaws in your boat cover, make sure to have them repaired as soon as possible. Maintaining your canvas products and repairing small issues before they worsen can save you a lot of money in the short and long run.


Order Your Custom Boat Cover from Canvasworks

Even with regular cleaning, an off-the-shelf boat cover simply can’t compete with the lifespan of a custom product. We should know – we’ve been in the business of making custom boat covers at our shop in Cokato, Minnesota since 1979!


If you want the best possible protection for your boat, investing in a custom-made, high quality boat cover is the way to go. When you have a custom cover made specifically for your boat, it’s going to fit better and last longer than off-the-shelf products, which are prone to premature wear and tear due to the lesser quality materials and imperfect fit. If you’re interested in a custom boat cover, contact Canvasworks today at 320-559-0165, or email sales@canvasworksincmn.com.