How to Clean Pontoons With Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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Items you will need

  • Hose or pressure washer

  • Toilet bowl cleaner

  • Bucket

  • Large sponge


  • Always wear gloves and protective eye goggles when working with toilet bowl cleaner. Never leave toilet bowl cleaner on an aluminum pontoon for long periods of time. Toilet bowl cleaner is corrosive and can eat away at the aluminum. This can cause discoloration or rust.

After sitting and floating in water, aluminum pontoons can become discolored and water-streaked. This staining can be difficult to remove. Many products which remove water stains are unsafe to use on aluminum, as they are too corrosive. However, toilet bowl cleaner is a safe and effective way to remove the stains and leave the aluminum pontoon looking shiny and clean.

    Spray the outside of the pontoon with a hose or pressure washer. This removes the built up dirt and dust, while also getting the aluminum wet.

    Dilute 1/2 cup toilet bowl cleaner per 1 gallon of warm water in a large bucket.

    Dip a large automotive sponge in the soapy water. Rub the water into the outside of the pontoon. Allow the toilet bowl cleaner to work into the surface for five to 10 minutes, depending on how stubborn or thick the stains are.

    Rinse the soapy water from the pontoon with a hose. Repeat the process as needed to entirely remove the stain.

    Allow the pontoon to air dry or use a towel to prevent water spots.

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