Just like other water gear, inflatable stand up paddleboards can become moldy or degrade if they are not properly cleaned and stored. Cleaning the board, paddle and equipment is key to their longevity and performance. An inflatable stand up paddleboard can last many years of it’s properly maintained and owners follow the manufacturer’s specifications when using the paddleboard. To add years of enjoyment to your board, here are instructions for proper cleaning and storage.
#1. Clean after every use.
Certain weather elements are hard on outdoor equipment like the sun, water and chemicals like chlorine. To prevent premature wear and tear, when you return from a great day of paddling take a few minutes to clean the board. Keep the board inflated and rinse it with fresh water on both sides using a hose. Use a mild soap or inflatable boat cleaner and a soft cloth if necessary to remove any lasting dirt. An inflatable paddleboard should be washed after each use especially when used in salt water.
The Shark SUP and most other inflatable paddleboards are manufactured with a UV protected PVC. Shark SUPs uses a military grade. For added protection, spray the board once per year with a 303 protectant spray. Do not use this more than once per year.
#2. Remove moisture from inside the board.
If you get moisture inside of the board you should remove it as this can cause mold or mildew. To remove it, unlock the air valve and put it in the open position. Blow air into the board using an electric pump or vacuum.
#3. Check valve seal for dirt and debris.
If the seal of your valve becomes dirty, this can cause leaks. The air can be removed by opening the valve when the board is fully inflated. This causes a burst of air from the valve which usually removes the debris. Additionally, you can use a q-tip and warm water to clean the valve and seal.
#4. Dry the board before storing.
Once you finish cleaning the board, dry it with a soft towel to remove all excess water. Let the board continue to air dry for 15 – 30 minutes. It is important to make sure the board is completely dry before placing it in storage back. When the board feels dry, you can store in a dry space not prone to moisture and keep the board inflated. Or deflate the board and fold it following the manufacturer’s instructions and store it an approved backpack or carrying case. Most manufacturer’s carrying cases are made specifically for the inflatable stand up paddleboard and are best for storing.
Follow these simple steps and you will enjoy your inflatable stand up paddleboard for many years to come. Ready to buy a board? Search from the best inflatable stand up paddleboards on the market in the Shark SUPS online store.