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Care for Your Boat Cushions with These Tips

February 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As every sailor knows, mildew is a constant struggle when you’ve got fabric on your boat. Mildew, which is really just mold in fabric, occurs when there is a damp, dark, and musty area for it to grow. To help prevent mildew growth, you should always dry and store your boat cushions when they are not in use. In addition to proper storage, you can use these tips to help clean and care for your cushions to extend their lifespan.


The dryfast foam used in marine seating is designed to minimize how damp the cushion will get, and it is antimicrobial by nature to further reduce the chance of any growth. However, if mildew does set in your cushion, you have two options. Attempt to clean it well enough to remove the fungal growth, or to trash the cushion and purchase a new one. There are many mildew removing products on the market, but before choosing which one to use make sure that it is safe for use on your material.

Even if you find a strong mildew remover that won’t harm your cushion, depending on how bad the growth is, it may not be able to fully nullify the smell and people that use them do so with varying degrees of success. Some cushions may be able to withstand chlorine, in which case you may wish to try a chlorine-based cleaner or a water-bleach solution which will be much tougher on the mildew than your typical cleaner.

Of course, if your attempts to remove the stain are unsuccessful, replacing them with marine foam cushions is still always an option. To go this route, you will need to measure the vacant space your cushion would occupy to get the size and shape of the replacement. Don’t measure the cushions as they tend to shrink over time and you will find that your replacements don’t quite fit in the years to come.

After purchasing a replacement, redouble your efforts to keep your dry fast foam cushions from getting too wet and always remember to stow them away when they’re not in use. This will extend the lifetime of your new cushions and help keep you from having this headache again in the future.

Mold is also a respiratory concern, so it’s important for you to maintain boating cushions to prevent any breathing problems if you decide to do an overnight trip to the open waters.
The Foam Factory is Southeast Michigan’s largest manufacturer of custom-cut foam products for indoor and outdoor use.

You Can’t Beat Bear Watching

February 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

There are only so many types of vacations you can take. Especially if you stick in North America, your options are mainly limited. That’s probably why so many people just take the easy way out and go visit a theme park or see our nation’s capital. It’s a comfortable choice and you can just follow everyone else’s footsteps.

But that’s also so predictable and boring, especially when you consider all the adventures you can have when you go Alaska sightseeing. This country’s biggest state will not disappoint for those looking to take in an eyeful of something spectacular.

One great example is Alaska bear viewing. Until you’ve seen an Alaskan grizzly bear it can be hard to appreciate what North America’s largest land mammal really looks like up close. They’re huge! But don’t worry; the professionals in charge of your visit will make sure you never get too close so you have nothing to fear.

Still, you’ll log plenty of time observing them in their natural habitats and seeing them interact with one another. Depending on when you visit, you might even get to say hi to one of their cubs!

When it’s time for your next vacation, choose something on the wild side.

When you decide to take a vacation that involves something different, you need to check out Breakaway Adventure. They don’t do normal trips; you’ll get to go see the giant glaciers or take a trip to the Anan Bear Observatory and see North America’s biggest land mammals up close and personal.

There’s No Adventure like Alaska

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With so many options for your next pick, it can be difficult to choose where to go next. Everyone has friends who will recommend the typical choices: Las Vegas, the Caribbean, somewhere overseas, etc. While these choices are just fine, there’s a far better one out to the northwest that most never consider. If you’re in the mood for an adventure, you can’t go wrong checking out Alaska.

Consider, for example, taking a trip to Wrangell, Alaska. The quiet town has plenty going on if you’re up for an adventure. Check out the Stikine River where you can enjoy some of the best kayaking in the entire region (that’s saying something).

Or maybe you’d like to sit back and relax. Well, you won’t be disappointed by the views. You can take a whale watching expedition where the captain will bring you up close and personal to these gentle giants. If you enjoy being a part of the action, you can even kayak alongside them. Talk about an experience you’ll never forget.

That’s not the only wildlife Alaska has to offer though. The state is legendary for its brown bears and you can take trips that will bring you close—but not too close—to these majestic creatures.

When you want a trip you’ll be talking about for years, head to Alaska for the kind of vacation that will never leave you.