Proper cleaning and care of your board are important to get the most out of your inflatable paddle board and extend the life of your board so that you will be able to enjoy it over and over again. We will walk you through how to clean, protect and take care of your board and solve any valve issues you could face.
Don’t Drag Carry it!
Yes, inflatable paddle boards are extremely tough and can take a beating but by protecting them as much as possible and avoiding unnecessary damage you will ensure that it last longer.
Best ways to do this is to carry your board to the water and out of the water. Avoid dragging it on rocks or over any sharp objects where when possible.
Keeping it clean!
After every use, you should always clean off your inflatable stand up paddle with fresh water, especially if you have been using it in saltwater. If you have stubborn grime that won’t come off by brushing it off with your hands and rising it you can always use an Inflatable Boat Cleaner like Star Brite’s Inflatable Boat Cleaner which is specifically made for cleaning inflatable boat fabrics like PVC.
This formula also adds a layer of protection against dirt and damaging UV rays.
If you are going to roll away your board always make sure you board is completely dry before doing so to avoid moisture that can cause mildew and premature wear.
Your board will be exposed to a lot of different elements and UV rays just like your skin if not protected will damage it in the long run. You should protect your board with a UV Protecting Spray for PVC like the one by 303 Products.
Depending on how often you use your paddle board and the weather conditions you should apply the protection every month or so. Its easily applied, on a completely dry board out of direct sunlight spray the surface of your board and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
When inflating your board make sure you are not over-inflating it, that will be one of the quickest ways to damage and distort your board. Always follow the recommended PSI that is suggested for your inflatable paddle board.
Underinflating can also damage your board not being strong to take on the elements or not rigid enough to support your weight can cause damage to your boards' internal structure.
Another important aspect to take in consideration is the temperature. Extreme heat and prolonged exposure to the heat could cause the air in your inflatable board to expand causing the internal pressure to increase. Keep an eye on it and if necessary paddle back to shore to release some pressure to stay in the recommended range.
Same would be in the case of extremely cold weather where you might need to add air to your inflatable paddleboard, but I don’t think there are going to be many of us paddle boarding in freezing weather.
Clean valve happy board!
Make sure the valve stays clean at all times, this is to avoid debris entering your inflatable board and the valve malfunctioning due to debris blocking the valve lock mechanism.
If debris did enter into the valve, with a fully inflated board open up the valve and the blast of air should clear up any debris, if the blast of air is not enough to clear out and debris lock the valve and use a cotton swab and some of the cleaning agent to remove any of remaining debris.
Store it right!
You can store your board either rolled up or inflated but make sure it's dry and away from direct sunlight. If you do decide to keep your board stored inflated make sure to release a couple PSI in case it gets hot and the internal pressure increase above the recommended PSI.
Also, make sure its stored somewhere where it won’t be exposed to extreme temperatures for a prolonged time and if you have detachable fins you removed them before storage.