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Old 10 July 2020, 07:22   #1
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Cleaning a SIB

Hi all!

After some advice for cleaning a SIB.

Mine hasn't been used for a while and is looking a bit sorry for itself with some mildew/mold etc. and general dirt!

I've had a look and Starbrite products seen to be recommended but can anyone help?

All thoughts/recommendations gratefully received..
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Old 10 July 2020, 08:13   #2
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Hot water, scrubbing brush, general detergent. Fairy Power Spray will shift more stubborn stains - no real need for specialist boaty stuff.
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Rib Shop's Rib Revive. Best £12.50 you'll spend. Inflate the SIB to pressure, rinse down, spray on (wearing gloves), leave for a few minutes, then work in with a green dish scourer, then rinse off. Work on sections at a time.
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Old 10 July 2020, 17:15   #4
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Iíve used the Polymarine inflatable boat cleaner. Sounds like exactly what Spartacus uses but a different label, really nasty powerful stuff (eats away at rubber fittings like crazy so be careful) but leaves your tubes super clean.
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Like Max in 99% of cases I've found squeezy and a good cloth will clean up fine. The cloth type does make a difference and having a bit of texture like Aldi microfibre dishcloths helps loads.
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Thanks all for the info..
Going to tackle it this aft!!!

I'll let you know how I get on..!
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Job done! Thanks for all the advice guys!

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Loads better... looks smart now.
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Definitely is, it looks restored, great job!
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Hi Flamair
if you don't mind me asking, what did you use/do in the end because that looks like 2 different boats, it's so clean!
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if you don't mind me asking, what did you use/do in the end because that looks like 2 different boats, it's so clean!
Hi Crabbotherer

I don't mind at all, happy to help.

I used normal car wash in warm water with a squirt of washing up liquid. The stubborn marks I used caravan black streak remover which we had in the garage and a brillo pad which brought the tubes up beautifully with little scrubbing needed.
Rinsed off and wiped with microfibre cloth then dried off.
It was easy and only took 2 hours included inflating and deflating.
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I wonder if a low dilution of sodium hypochlorite and water would clean up a sib nicely. May try it sometime. It SHOULD only affect organic matter, as as long as it's rinsed off really well I can't see it damaging anything
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I wonder if a low dilution of sodium hypochlorite and water would clean up a sib nicely. May try it sometime. It SHOULD only affect organic matter, as as long as it's rinsed off really well I can't see it damaging anything

Given that tired ribs often look that way because the pigments at the surface of the fabric are oxidised Iím not sure throwing bleach at it would be the best choice, although I suspect dilute and for short periods would have minimal impact.

It will affect more than just organic matter though - including stainless steel if left in contact for too long.
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I wonder if a low dilution of sodium hypochlorite and water would clean up a sib nicely. May try it sometime. It SHOULD only affect organic matter, as as long as it's rinsed off really well I can't see it damaging anything


Dilute Sodium hydroxide would be a better bet. Or TFR as itís known around these parts
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Given that tired ribs often look that way because the pigments at the surface of the fabric are oxidised Iím not sure throwing bleach at it would be the best choice, although I suspect dilute and for short periods would have minimal impact.

It will affect more than just organic matter though - including stainless steel if left in contact for too long.
Yes, I use gallons of the stuff for work, hence the thorough rinse, and then rinse again!
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