Here at Pete’s Upholstery and Trimming, we offer a wide range of marine upholstery services to help keep your boat both looking and functioning at its best. Our head upholsterer has over 10 years of experience working with a large variety of materials that are suitable for boat and marine upholstery, and we pride ourselves on providing personalized service and attention to detail with every project.
Whether you need a small repair or a complete upholstery overhaul, our team is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our marine upholstery services and to schedule your appointment or walk ins are always welcome.
Some of the marine upholstery services we offer include:
Reupholstering Seats: Over time your boat’s seats will start looking worn, stained, cracked or torn, we can reupholster them with high-quality marine-grade fabrics to give them a fresh new look and extend their lifespan.
Foam Replacement: Over time, the foam in your boat’s seats and cushions can become worn, uncomfortable and smelly. We offer foam replacement services to help restore your seats to their original comfort and support.
Bimini Covers: Bimini covers can be a great way to protect your boat from the sun and rain, but they can become worn or damaged over time. We offer Bimini cover replacement and repair services.
Clears: Clear plastic windows can be a great addition to your boat however can become scratched, yellowed, or cracked over time, which can make them difficult to see through. We offer custom clear replacement and can talk you though picking the best grade of clears to help ensure that your boat’s windows are clear and easy to see through.
Boat and Engine Covers: To protect your boat and engine from the elements when not in use, we offer a variety of boat and engine cover options. These covers are designed to fit your specific boat and engine and provide maximum protection from sun, rain, and other elements.
Recarpeting: The carpeting in your boat can take a lot of wear and tear over time, which can make it look old and tired. We offer recarpeting services to help give your boat a fresh new look and protect it from further damage
What kind of upholstery fabric is best for boats?
Here at Pete’s Upholstery and Trimming we use materials that are specifically designed to withstand the harsh marine environment. Marine-grade upholstery materials are made to be durable, water-resistant, and UV-resistant, which helps protect them from the damaging effects of sunlight, saltwater, and other elements.
Some common types of marine-grade upholstery fabrics include:
Vinyl: Vinyl is a popular choice for boat upholstery due to its durability, ease of maintenance, and water-resistant properties. It can be easily cleaned with soap and water, making it a great choice for boats that are frequently exposed to saltwater.
Kuata or Sunbrella: both of these and many more are types of outdoor fabric that are known for their UV-resistant properties and ability to resist fading. It is made from acrylic fibres and is a popular choice for deck cushions and other exterior boat upholstery.
Boat hooding: Boat hooding is another common choice for boat upholstery due to its resistance to fading, mildew, and water damage. It is also easy to clean and maintain. This is used for boat covers, Bimini tops and engine covers
Leather: Leather can be a stylish and durable choice for boat upholstery, but it does require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent cracking and fading and is roughly three times the price of a standard marine grade vinyl.
When choosing a fabric for your boat upholstery, it’s important to consider factors such as the type of boat, the climate and weather conditions in your area, and your personal preferences and style. Working with a professional boat upholsterer can help you select the best fabric for your needs and ensure that your boat upholstery is designed to last for many years to come.
How to Care for Boat Upholstery
Proper care and maintenance are essential to keep your boat upholstery in tip-top condition. Follow these guidelines to ensure its longevity and pristine appearance:
Regular Cleaning: Frequent cleaning is key to remove dirt, grime, and salt build-up. Use mild soap or specialized marine upholstery cleaner, a soft brush or cloth, and rinse with clean water. Allow it to air dry completely.
Protect from Sun Exposure: Shield your upholstery from prolonged sun exposure to prevent fading and deterioration. Use boat covers or store your boat in a shaded area when not in use. Consider UV-protective sprays or treatments to minimize sun damage.
Prevent mould and mildew: Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent moisture build-up. Ensure all surfaces are thoroughly dried. If you notice signs of mould or mildew, treat them with a mixture of water and vinegar or a commercial mildew remover according to instructions.
Regular Inspections: Regularly inspect your boat upholstery for wear, loose stitching, or damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration. Not only is this often a much quicker fix (particularly in off season) but small repairs are usually cheaper.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals and Abrasive Cleaners: Harsh chemicals, bleach, and abrasive cleaners can harm and discolour boat upholstery. Stick to mild, boat-friendly cleaning solutions recommended for marine upholstery.
Prompt Stain Removal: Deal with spills and stains promptly. Use appropriate cleaning solutions for your upholstery type and follow instructions for stain removal. Blot the affected area gently with a clean cloth to absorb as much as possible. Avoid rubbing, which can push stains deeper.
Following these care tips will help maintain the beauty and longevity of your boat upholstery, ensuring it withstands the marine environment and provides comfort for years to come
Frequently Asked Questions
Your choice to reupholster over repurchasing a boat will depend on a variety of factors, including the condition of the boat, the cost of purchasing a new boat, and the availability of replacement parts. In many cases, reupholstering a boat can be a more cost-effective option than buying a brand-new boat, especially if the boat is in good overall condition and the only major issue is the upholstery or boat interior.
Reupholstering your boat also allows you the freedom to customize the design of your upholstery to your specific preferences, which can be a great way to personalize your boat and make it feel like your own. Additionally, reupholstering your boat can be a more sustainable option than purchasing a new boat, as it can help reduce waste and prolong the life of your existing boat.
The lifespan of boat upholstery depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the materials used, here at Pete’s Upholstery and Trimming out fabrics generally have a five-year warranty please discuss any concerns with us when quoting for the fabric. The lifespan of the fabric will usually depend on the level of maintenance, and the frequency of use. In general, high-quality upholstery can last anywhere from 5-10 years or more with proper care and maintenance. However, exposure to the elements and frequent use can cause upholstery to deteriorate more quickly.
When choosing a boat upholsterer, it’s important to consider factors such as their level of experience, the quality of their work, their reputation in the industry, and their ability to provide personalized service and attention to detail. You may want to ask for referrals from other boat owners or check online reviews to get an idea of the upholsterer’s reputation. Additionally, it’s a good idea to request samples of their work and to ask for a detailed estimate before committing to any services.