This post is only fitting to follow up our previous discussion of boat style preference. Tis’ the season for digging out the raft and giving it a good spring cleaning. Some of you may not have a rubber boat but if you may in the future this will be good to know when you get the urge to clean it up. A lot of people use simple green to get the grit, grime and chew spit off of their boat and I think that is a fine cleaner to do the basics. But, in order to get the grease residue off the hypalon I recommend picking up a bottle of Inflatable Boat Cleaner. I know it is a difficult name to remember. This stuff is amazing and will have your raft looking brand new. Make sure and follow the instructions or you might end up with some odd off-color looking spots. I am not sure what it contains but the main ingredient smells like floor stripper. I am not a chemist and do not have the educations to break down whats in the container. However, I have stripped and waxed a few floors in my day and it sure smells like floor stripper to me. Regardless of what miracle ingredient is in the product it makes your boat shine like a new penny. It is expensive so use sparingly. Once clean and dry I like to apply 303 sun protectant to my raft. This helps keep you boat from getting a sun burn on the river and keeps it’s skin baby soft. You definitely want to invest in some of this. It will keep your rubber from fading in the Colorado sun. DO NOT use Armorall as a protectant solution. I have been told that if you tear a hole in your raft and try to patch it the adhesive will not stick to rubber that has been treated with Armorall.