Cleaning the top decks of a 50' Beneteau Ocťanis in the Ionian sea

Robert Queen is the owner of Celebration Charters. If youíve always dreamed of cruising on a luxury 50ft private Yacht in the sun on the Ioanian sea, with your own skipper and crew/hostess offering a personal and friendly service, then Robert and his partner Veronica and their beautiful Beneteau yacht "Icarus" may be just the ticket for you. 

Every May, Robert prepares the boat for a new season. One of his first jobs is to clean the upper deck, which is a large non-slip area. The "red rain" they experience in the northern Ioanian sea every year comes from the sand of the Sahara mixed with rain water. It makes cleaning the upper deck in particular quite tricky but Vistal deals with it easily because it is used with a special sponge which gets into the troughs of non-slip decks. See the video of Robert cleaning with Vistal here. 

Upper deck on Beneteau cleaned with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner

Robert has been using Vistal for a few years and likes its versatility, convenience and the fact that it is eco-friendly and safe to use without gloves.  

He and Veronica look forward to being their guests' entertaining and attentive hosts around the Ionian islands this summer.  

Icarus on the Ionian sea

Vistal boat fender cleanerVistal Multi Surface Cleaner is handy to keep on board to clean just about anything, not just non-slip decks. It cleans hard surfaces all around the boat, including GRP, stainless steel fittings, timber, Plexiglass windows and the windows of spray covers. Go to our boat cleaning page for more information. 

Created On  25 May 2018 13:59  -  Permalink

Cleaning vinyl upholstery on the seats of a MasterCraft Ski Boat

A customer of Sands Marine in Northern Ireland asked them how to clean the white vinyl upholstery on the seats of a Mastercraft ski boat. They recommended Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner and the customer, Paul Kanis-Dickson, was so pleased that he sent them pictures of the results. 

Because Vistal is used with its special sponges it gets into the troughs of textured surfaces such as vinyl and leather upholstery. For this reason it's also good for restoring headlinings and non-slip decks, and of course hypalon and pvc rib tubes. 

Here's the bench seat in the boat before cleaning ....

Dirty vinyl seats on ski boat

....and the vinyl covered bucket seat, restored to shiny white after cleaning with Vistal. 

White vinyl boat seats cleaned with Vistal

Vistal boat fender cleanerVistal Multi Surface Cleaner is handy to keep on board to clean just about anything. It cleans hard surfaces all around the boat, including GRP, stainless steel fittings, timber, Plexiglass windows and the windows of spray covers. Go to our boat cleaning page for more information. 

Created On  18 May 2018 18:09  -  Permalink

How to clean the glass on a Jotul woodburning stove

The woodburning stove we have at home is the popular Jotul F3. It has the airwash system which in theory keeps the stove glass clean, but in our experience some log types are worse than others. Last year's oak, although it seemed fully seasoned, perhaps could have done with another year. It seems that every time we burn it the glass gets very dirty, and a large part of the pleasure of owning a woodburning stove in the dark winter evenings is to see the flames and their comforting glow.

It's easy to get rid of loose carbon from the glass - just a piece of screwed up newspaper will do the trick. But if there is burned-on tar and creosote that can be very hard to remove. The video below shows the glass on our Jotul being cleaned with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner. The product is designed to remove stubborn dirt from all kinds of hard surfaces. It is used together with a special sponge, and combined with its main ingredient which is very fine clay, it is very effective.  The sponge is designed to be open so it can be rinsed through very easily and returns to its yellow colour even though it was totally black after cleaning the glass. 

So there is no need to buy a specialist product to clean the woodburning stove glass, whether it's a Jotul or any other woodburning stove. We use Vistal to clean the ceramic hob, and the oven, as well as many other jobs in the kitchen and bathroom and, as a result, we have far fewer bottles of cleaning products under the sink. It's also completely natural so it's safe to use without gloves and contains no harmful chemicals. 

Vistal for cleaning woodburning stove glass

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Created On  23 Feb 2018 12:46  -  Permalink

Eco-Friendly Places to Stay in the UK

The World Tourist Organisation has published statistics which suggest that ecotourism (tourism directed towards exotic natural environments) is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry right now. 

With climate change on the lips of scholars, scientists and politicians alike, it is more important than ever to look after the environment. These changes neednít be ground-breaking or time-consuming either, you can make a difference to the environment by making simple changes to your lifestyle. For instance, one of the easiest ways is to find an eco-friendly place to stay on your holidays.

You may be surprised to learn that clay bricks (the material used for mainstream hotels and other built-up accommodation) are incredibly harmful to the environment. The clay used for bricks are typically mined out of the earth, which can lead to soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and pollution. 

Luckily, Haven Holidays offer accommodation which is both family and eco-friendly. Just look at their glamorous camping options. From super-tents to cosy yurts, and safari tents to geo domes, Havenís glamping UK holidays offer green accommodation which makes use of sustainable cotton and polyester building materials, rather than clay bricks. 

Best of all, Havenís relaxing eco-friendly resorts arenít in the middle of nowhere; they are dotted along the UKís most fun-filled and picturesque beachfronts, so there is always plenty to do with the little ones. 

Each glamping holiday uses minimal amounts of electricity, gas and water, while tents come fully-assembled with cookers, fridges and beds. With everything set up ready for families visiting the park, it makes reducing your carbon footprint whilst travelling with the kids even simpler!

Created On  7 Nov 2017 11:45  -  Permalink

Cleaning and restoring domestic appliances at Edinburgh prison

We were delighted and intrigued to be contacted by Steven Rae from the domestic appliance workshop at Edinburgh Prison this week. He was looking for a product which is safe to use but is effective at removing stubborn dirt from a range of surfaces found in domestic appliances, such as washing machines, fridges, toasters etc.  

Steven explained how the inmates repair and fully refurbish domestic appliances for charity. They finish on average 100 machines per month and give them to local charities, all free of charge. Many of the machines are supplied by Tayside recycling and others come from council recycling centres. When they are in full working order and have been cleaned up they are passed on to charities such as EFI (Edinburgh Furniture Initiative) and Furniture Plus who sell them at low prices through their stores in Edinburgh, Dysart and Dunfermline. The workshop is proud of the fact that 95% of the machines they receive go back out in full working order and in a saleable condition. In fact they have been so successful that they reached the last 5 of the 2017 Scottish Public Service Awards. 

HMP Edinburgh18 prisoners work in the domestic appliance workshop. While they work they are also training for their City and Guilds qualification in white goods repair. The instructors including Steve himself are fully qualified City and Guilds instructors.

Steve's ethos of only using eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products fits in perfectly with the prison's duty of care to the prisoners. Vistal's Multi Surface Cleaner is currently on trial with the team there. 

Talk about a win-win! This must be a win-win-win-win. Fewer white goods go to landfill or need to be broken up, charities make money from selling the machines and people on low incomes can buy them much more cheaply than new machines. Added to which the prisoners are learning new skills which they can use when they leave prison. 

Created On  15 Sep 2017 18:30  -  Permalink

How to clean the outside of a stainless steel kettle

Cleaning the limescale spots from the outside of a stainless steel kettle is a 2 minute job with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner and it leaves the kettle looking like new again.

A lot of the limescale can be just wiped away with a microfibre cloth, but there is always a residual amount which is stuck to the kettle (see first picture below). This isn't surprising because the water drops that run down the kettle after you have poured some water evaporate off quickly because the kettle is very hot, leaving hard limescale on the surface.  

The process with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner is as follows:- Dampen the sponge and wipe across the product and squeeze to get foam. Rub the surface of the stainless steel until the limescale spots have gone. Wipe away the white residue from the kettle with a damp cloth. Finally buff lightly with a dry cloth.

Vistal leaves a microscopic layer of glycerine on the surface which gives a very even, streak-free shine. Go to the Vistal online shop.

A stainless steel kettle with limescale spotsThe outside of a stainless steel kettle after removal of limescale spots with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner
Created On  8 Mar 2017 19:28  -  Permalink