Posted on April 9, 2020
A clean dock is important for a beautiful waterfront, not to mention safer for you and your family. Algae buildup on your boat lift, dock, and accessories is not only unattractive but slippery. It’s important to clean algae once you see it and prevent it from growing in the first place. Thankfully, dealing with algae on your dock doesn’t mean investing in expensive cleaning solutions or professional cleaners. With these three tips, you can do it yourself.
No dock will be completely immune to algae growth. Anything that’s exposed to water can be affected by algae. However, aluminum boat lifts and docks can help minimize algae growth. Aluminum is better at resisting algae growth than other materials like wood, and aluminum is easy to clean as well.
When cleaning your dock and boat lift, use a non-corrosive cleaning solution. This can be as simple as baking soda or a few drops of water-based dishwashing liquid that you already have in your home. The EPA’s Sager Choice Standard can help determine which products are best to use: pick something biodegradable and phosphate-free and with a neutral pH. Rub the surface of your dock and lift down with a soft cleaning pad or brush, and once you’re done rinse with water or blast the dock surface with a pressure washer.
Some cleaning products can have environmental and health risks, so it’s important to watch what you put in the water. Even ordinary household cleaners can increase nutrient pollution in lakes and streams, which can cause algae blooms and oxygen depletion and hurt the water and wildlife. In general, you should avoid any cleaning products that contain these hazardous ingredients:
ShoreMaster has spent decades helping boat dock owners create the perfect waterfront. Whether you’re looking for the perfect boat dock accessories, installation tips, or other advice on the care and keep of your shoreline, ShoreMaster’s customer support team can help. Get in touch with a local ShoreMaster dealer to get the best waterfront tips for your area.