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CLEANING and REPAIR TIPS

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I think some people advocate the use of vinegar and salt, or perhaps it is catsup and salt. Sparklz has never tried it. She lived on a sailboat for ten years and one thing she KNOWS FOR SURE is that salt attracts moisture. So if you use salt you need to be SURE that you have removed it and, oops, here we are back to the *fluid thing* again, and I am sure you are beginning to get the feeling that Sparklz cleans with limited (miniscule) amounts of fluids. Her suspicion is that salt from sweat is often what started the Green Gunk in the first place.
 

Crusty, heavy Green Gunk might be best attacked by brisk brushing, scraping, or sanding with a very, very fine grit (so fine as to be almost non-existent) before you use catsup. No guarantees as to how this will turn out, as that crusty piece probably should have gone into the trash, but is good for experimentation.