Wet feet, mud, spills, saltwater splash, live bait, and fish guts will take their toll on your carpet. Regular preventative maintenance will extend the life of your carpet while keeping it looking great for longer! After all, the time, money, and effort to install your carpet is worth keeping it clean. Here are 5 tips that you need to know in order to take the best care of your carpet.
Vacuum Your Boat Carpet
To keep your carpet fluffed up for longer, we recommend vacuuming after every boat ride. Regular vacuuming will reduce the sand and sediment in your boat between larger cleaning jobs and help to extend your carpet’s life. Sand and dirt can cause abrasion, wear out the fibers and possibly the adhesive. Plus, the dirt and sand just don't look good when you're out on the water when you're on the water with your wife or family.
Cleaning Oil and Gas from Carpet
Oil and gas must not be allowed to stay on the carpet. It's best if removed within 24 hours. Use a surfactant, soap, or dishwashing detergent to emulsify and remove the oil. The fibers are tolerant, but over time oil and gas will soften the marine backing polymer and loosen the adhesive used to glue the carpet.
Try a heavy duty detergent or multi-purpose stain remover to emulsify and bring the oil to the surface. Remember to do a spot test first.
Hard to Remove Stains
When tough ground in stains won't budge, consider trying one of the spot removers on the market. Some of these are quite strong and not all are compatible. So we definitely recommend spot testing. If you have some extra scrap carpet, try a spot test there to test for compatibility. If not, test in an inconspicuous area.
Another option is a vinegar and water mixture. Vinegar is well known for breaking down dirt, getting rid of stains and curbing foul odors in your home. Try this method without damaging your carpet.
Deep Cleaning Your Boat Carpet
The best way to keep your boat carpet looking new is a deep clean 2-3 times a year. Although, if you live in a warmer climate and take the boat out often, you'll probably want to deep clean more often. This can get time-consuming but well worth the effort. If you use your boat a lot during boating season, doing a deep clean once a month will keep your passengers safe and your boat looking great.
Replacing Marine Grade Carpet
There will come a point when you know it's time to replace your boat's carpet. When that time comes, check out Carpet by the Foote's top of the line selection of Marine Grade Carpeting for your watercraft. We also have bunk carpet or carpeted bunk boards if you want to change everything out at once!
If you have any questions, please contact us today! We'll be happy to answer your questions anytime.