Clean spray hood

The sprayhood is the calling card of your boat. To extend its lifespan and enhance its appearance, it is important to periodically clean the boat cover and provide it with a new protective coating

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we clean and impregnate your spray hood?

Step 1: Pre-cleaning

We rinse your sprayhood in our car wash under reduced pressure, this is how we remove it
the surface dirt.

Step 2: Soak

We then place your sprayhood in a soaking bath for 10 to 15 hours with a cleaning agent specially developed by ZONklare. The temperature in the bath is a maximum of 20°C, making the soaking process 100% shrink-free.

Step 3: Rinse

We then spray your sprayhood again under reduced pressure. With this action we delete
all the loosened dirt.

Step 4: Special soap treatment

After the soaking process, all normal dirt has been removed. Only stubborn dirt residues such as rust deposits, petrol or oil stains and mold require extra attention. We remove this last contamination with a special atomization process in which we brush your spray hood with special soap products.

Step 5: Rinse

The sprayhood is now completely clean, we immerse it briefly in a bath with a special agent
that neutralizes all previously used agents. We now hang out your sprayhood to dry.

Step 6: Impregnation and drying

After your spray hood has dried thoroughly, it goes to the coating location via a smart transport system. Here we impregnate your sprayhood with a special hydrophobic coating. We have had this coating developed to enhance water-repellent properties without harming the environment. The aim is to limit the moisture content in the cloth as much as possible and to prevent or limit mold growth as much as possible. This dirt- and water-repellent coating provides optimal protection against, among other things:
algae, green deposits, (rain) water, fungi, weather stains, UV radiation
(more colourfast), atmospheric dirt, salt water and spider droppings. The coating protects the cloth and extends its lifespan. Of course, your tent is 100% waterproof again after impregnation.

Step 7: Polishing
When your sprayhood is dry, we hand polish any plastic windows. Our Window Spray contains protection for the plasticizers in the window film. Even the finest scratches disappear after polishing. After polishing we assess the cleaning result. If repair is not necessary or desired, we proceed to step 8. If a repair is desired, this can be done in our own sail maker.

Step 8: Packaging and Returns

We pack your sprayhood and prepare it for shipping. After arriving at Bateau Bootservice you can pick up your clean sprayhood during our opening hours .

How do I get my sprayhood from ZONReady?

You can bring your sprayhood to us during our opening hours and we will ensure that the sprayhood can be picked up fresh and clean after a few weeks.

If a repair is needed, we can repair it in our own sail making workshop

Five reasons to have your sprayhood cleaned and impregnated regularly

1. Extension of lifespan. Dirt, algae and moss can accumulate on the surface and lead to discoloration and deterioration of the cloth. This contamination is removed by having your sprayhood cleaned regularly. With an impregnation treatment we apply a protective layer to the cloth, so that new contamination has less chance.

2. Protection against water, moisture and UV radiation. By having your spray hood impregnated, it is protected against external influences such as water, moisture and UV radiation. This helps to strengthen the material of your spray hood and extend its lifespan.

3. Reduction of discoloration. Regular cleaning of your spray hood can help prevent discoloration, so your boat always looks neat.

4. Easier to keep clean. By impregnating the spray hood, dirt is less likely to be attracted and the tent is easier to keep clean.

5. Improvement of hygiene. By regularly cleaning the sprayhood, life on board becomes more hygienic. This is especially important when living on the boat often (with food or drinks).

How long will my impregnation layer last?

There is no fixed answer to this, because there are many variables that influence this. For example, consider the following questions. How intensively is the hood used? What is the environment of the hood? Is there a lot of sailing on salt water? On average, the coating lasts optimally for three years. After that, the protection will gradually decrease. Another fun fact about our coating: a color filter has been incorporated into the protective layer. This means the cloth remains colourfast for even longer.

Can my sprayhood shrink due to washing?

There is nothing more annoying when a fresh, clean spray hood no longer fits. We got to the bottom of this a few years ago.

I submitted the question to a testing laboratory. This party focuses specifically on textiles and can carry out all possible tests. I have given an exact description of our process, including a list of products we use for the various contaminants.

We had our washing process tested

A whole range of textile types was tested, and the outcome was always the same. The dimensions were exactly the same in all cases after the treatment. It is therefore indeed excluded that the washing process can be the cause of shrinkage in boat covers.

The report came after a few weeks

A whole range of textile types was tested, and the outcome was always the same. The dimensions were exactly the same in all cases after the treatment. It is therefore indeed excluded that the washing process can be the cause of shrinkage in boat covers.

But what is the cause of the shrinkage?

What about the observations of the people who called me? It turned out that their tent had shrunk. What could be the cause of this? I presented the issue to at least five sail makers, consulted fabric suppliers and finally checked for myself whether the window film could possibly have an influence on this.

The window film turned out to be the right track

The PVC window film used for the windows can sometimes cause (slight) shrinkage. As long as the sprayhood is tensioned tightly on a ship, this is not a problem. But when the cloth is removed and the tension disappears, the window film can 'move freely' and shrinkage is allowed to occur. Usually the hood can be put back on with some wringing and pulling, but in some cases some adjustments are necessary.

How do I get my sprayhood to fit again?

What can you do if your spray hood no longer seems to fit? If that is no longer possible, a sailmaker can move the tenaxes slightly or make other corrections if necessary. If you want to try to get the spray hood to fit again, I have two tips.

Tip 1:

Try to tighten the spray hood as far as possible and secure it with the straps or tension straps. It may be that after a few sunny days some stretching has occurred and the tenaxes fit again.

Tip 2:

Soak the sprayhood with water, and place it wet on the boat. Wet material is sometimes easier to get moving. Once the cloth is secured, the tension is reduced and the spray hood fits properly again.

The good news is that nowadays people are increasingly using specially treated window film, which shrinks much less. We therefore expect that the problem of shrinking window film will eventually be a thing of the past.

Anti-shrink guarantee

We have now created an anti-shrinkage guarantee. We guarantee you a fresh and clean spray hood with the same dimensions as before the wash!

I have rust and oil stains in my sprayhood. Can they be removed?

In general, we can remove this stubborn contamination very well. If the object contains so many rust or oil stains, it is possible that minimal traces will still be visible because the fabric itself has already been affected.

How do I know that my sprayhood is really getting clean?

ZONklare now has a wealth of experience in cleaning all common types of cloth. We are in close contact with various fabric manufacturers, with whom we share knowledge and experience. We therefore dare to say in black and white: no good means no payment! If we find that certain stains cannot be removed, we will first consult with the customer. There will then be a discussion about what to expect and a decision can still be made to continue with the treatment. If not, the treatment will be stopped and there will be no costs involved.

How do mold and weather stains arise and can they be removed?

Weather or spoch is a permanent material deterioration of textiles. Weather stains in clothing or pieces of fabric such as ship's sail are caused by having been damp for a long time. Weather is visible as dark spots (dots) that cannot be washed out. This is also called spoch. The damage to boat covers, for example, is caused by fungi that thrive in a moist environment and live on organic particles. Stashed textiles can contaminate uninfected textiles. If left untreated, it will lead to permanent damage and holes in the material. If the object is affected by mold or weather stains, we can easily remove this. When the object is subsequently recoated, the mold is less likely to adhere to the surface. However, there is no guarantee that mold will not return.

If you want to try to quickly remove recurring weather stains yourself, you could do the following. Fill a plant sprayer with nine parts water and one part chlorine bleach. You can then spray this over the weather spots and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Consider the floor and benches. Keep plenty of water on hand to immediately clean any other items. After the soaking time, you should rinse it with plenty of water. It is better not to use a hard brush or other soap and cleaning products. This gives you the chance to damage the applied or existing coating, which will only make the problem worse.

Can I get a quote in advance?

With our handy price list you can see exactly what it costs, which is great!

Clean spray hood for durability and visual beauty

Your sprayhood is the calling card of your boat. To extend its lifespan and improve its appearance, it is crucial to regularly clean your boat cover and provide it with a new protective coating. Your sprayhood fabric is constantly exposed to various contaminants, and mold or weather stains can mar its appearance and shorten its lifespan.

Thorough cleaning by ZONklare

At ZONklare we place your sprayhood in a specially developed basin, where we let it soak for ten to fifteen hours. This process loosens even the most stubborn dirt. Our basin is equipped with an advanced filter and heating system to maintain the correct ratio between water and detergent. This allows us to achieve optimal results. The soaking process takes place at a controlled temperature of up to 30 °C, which guarantees shrinkage prevention. Any stains that are still present after soaking will be removed with special after-treatments. Finally, we spray the spray hood in our spray booth and hang the hood to dry.

Rear tent? No problem!

Does your sprayhood have a rear tent? At ZONklare we provide both the sprayhood and the rear tent with a professional freshening, so that your boat is ready for a new sailing season.

Choose ZONReady for professional spray hood cleaning and protection. Contact us today for an appointment and maintain the durability and visual beauty of your boat cover! We would also like to let you know that we are an official collection point for Zonklare. You can hand in your sprayhood to us and we will take care of the rest. Together we can ensure that your sprayhood remains in top condition, ready to protect and provide you with shade at any time

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