How To Clean And Protect Your Kayak

Kayak Bass Fishing might be your favorite weekend activity but cleaning your kayak is not so much fun. Still, you do not want to be that kayak bass angler who shows up to the lake with a kayak that smells like swamp and stinky fish.  

Plus, dirt, mud, and sand can scratch your bass fishing machine finish and cause down-the-road problems. For the love of your kayak and gear investment, keep your kayak clean.

Why It’s Important to Clean And Protect Your Kayak 

Cleaning your kayak is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to maintain the appearance of your kayak and prevents any scratches, dirt, or grime from causing long-term damage to the finish.

Secondly, regular cleaning helps to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria and pollutants that can affect the health of the waterways. 

Thirdly, keeping your kayak clean and well-maintained will extend its lifespan and protect your investment so you will be fishing for years to come. 

Finally, it is also an important step in preventing the spread of non-native species and aquatic invasives that can be harmful to the natural ecosystem.

How to Clean The Inside And Outside of a Kayak

Should you wash your kayak only when you want it to be clean and pristine? Think about it though, your fishing machine gets pretty darn dirty. Lakes, ponds, and streams are not always the cleanest of environments.  It’s best to clean your kayak after every fishing trip.

There are all sorts of mud, algae, and bugs out on the water, not to mention food crumbs from your lunch, beer spills from your liquid lunch, and so forth. Not to say when you hook that bass deep in its gills, you now have blood spots in your kayak.

With that in mind, here is how we will get your kayak back to squeaky clean.

How to Clean The Outside of Your Kayak

  • Remove everything from your kayak.
  • Rinse the exterior of your kayak with fresh water. This is usually best done using a garden hose and a spray nozzle to loosen any dried-up or caked-on mud or debris.
  • Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water( I prefer good old Dawn dish detergent) and a soft brush.
  • NOW scrub that fish machine! 
  • Rinse off thoroughly.

How to Clean The Inside of a Kayak

Cleaning the inside of your kayak is much the same as cleaning the outside of a kayak with some notable exceptions.

  • Remove all items from inside the kayak. Spray the dirt and grim with the water.
  • Now take your soft brush, Dawn, and a little elbow grease, and scrub the mess out the inside.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Scrub again if there is still grime on the floor and rinse.
  • Allow to air dry fully.

What Protectant is Best For Your Kayak

Since most kayaks are made from plastic, you must keep some type of protectant on them.  I prefer using a UV protectant like 303 Aerospace Protectant. This is safe for the environment and adds awesome protection against the HOT Georgia heat. 

Adding the protectant will also protect your kayak from cracks and will help make your next cleaning a lot easier. 

OH! One more crucial thing I would like to mention. Cleaning your kayak will help keep the spread of non-evasive grasses and algae from spreading from other waterways. Do your part and help keep the fisheries safe. 

By taking the time to clean and protect your kayak, you will keep your investment in pristine shape and you will be able to use it for years to come!

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