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How To Clean A Boat Carpet


If everything else on your boat is working fine, there’s still one thing that can throw off a perfectly good afternoon for boating: a bad carpet. Whether it’s an unsightly stain or a foul stench emanating from your boat’s floor, it’s important to know how to clean it properly and how to keep it clean. Here are some of our top tips on how to clean a boat carpet.

Use The Right Materials

It starts with the kind of soap you use. Choose wisely. Some boat owners have been known to take their boats right through car washes. This is a terrible idea and can lead to more harm than good. Instead, make a simple investment in Boat Cleaner—which is versatile enough to use anywhere on your boat. That ensures you won’t be exposing your boat to harsh chemicals that can lead to unsightly damage.

Work In High Volume

Let’s be honest, the idea of getting down on your knees and scrubbing away isn’t appealing to anyone. You want a clean carpet, but you don’t want it to take so much time and energy that the boating experience is no longer worth it.

The trick? Work in high volume. Use a solution of Boat Cleaner with plenty of water to extend the volume you get from it. As to scrubbing at the carpet itself, us a high-capacity cleaner or even a long brush to work the cleaner into the carpet. Rinse away with a hose that has plenty of pressure.

Long-Term Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean

The tips above will help provide you with an immediate solution for how to clean a boat carpet. But what if you want to keep your carpet clean with minimal effort? What do you do to maintain it? Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep the carpet dry. A dry carpet is less likely to develop mold and odor-causing bacteria. Keeping it dry might seem impossible whenever you’re dealing with a marine vehicle like a boat, but there are ways to keep a carpet dry. It’s important to keep it sheltered or covered when not in use, for example. Rain is a completely preventable form of moisture that has no place in your boat. Be sure to vacuum your boat as well, as this helps to both dry out the carpet and remove debris.
  • Use Plenty Of Moisture When Cleaning. This can loosen up any potential stains and ensure that the carpet is saturated enough to deal with properly. You want to keep your carpet dry—except when cleaning it. Address spots and stains immediately, and you’ll stand a much better chance at a healthier carpet in the long-run.

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