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Cleaning boat carpet floor??


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Could I please get some advice on cleaning boat carpet?   Mine is not bad but could use a little cleaning.

im trying to find method without screwing up the carpet with certain materials/liquids.  Also I’ve read if you power wash it, it might screw up the carpet glue or something.......  some said rent a steam cleaner....   

I do have a shop vac to suck up water......   just trying to find steps to clean and what materials..... dawn dish soap, simple green, etc....????

Thank you 

moski

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I had good luck with warm water, dish soap, and vinegar. First vacuum the carpet clean, then take a hard bristled brush and scrub the floor with the soap solution. When you're done scrubbing, use a shop vac the best you can to dry out the carpet, then let it sit uncovered for a few hours in the sun. 

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Similar to others I have done the following:

1. Flood carpet with a hose (no nozzle) you can do this sections at a time

2. Spray bottle mixture of regular (blue) Dawn dish soap

3. Scrub in with stiff brissle brush

4. Rinse with a spray nozzle (not power washer)

5. Rinse/Soap/Rinse Repeat... you would be amazed at the dirt that comes out.  Mine didn't even look that dirty and I had brown water running out of it.

6. Shop Vac (it takes most of the water out)

7. Dry in the sun.

I just wash everything into the bilge and just let it run out through the drain holes, you'll be cleaning your bilge at the same time

I have a commercial grade steam cleaner I use for a variety of things, and have used it on the boat carpet, but honestly Dawn Soap and some elbow grease works the best.

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I just did mine on the weekend, rented a "rug doctor" and it worked great! Paid $40 for the day, did boat and two trucks. I was unaware of not using a pressure washer....I do all the time and maybe I should stop......

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17 hours ago, mackie12 said:

I just did mine on the weekend, rented a "rug doctor" and it worked great! Paid $40 for the day, did boat and two trucks. I was unaware of not using a pressure washer....I do all the time and maybe I should stop......

Eh... the pressure washer isn't an absolute no... just don't want to blast it too hard.  Marine grade carpet is actually really durable.

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There are water vacuum cleaners that suck up water, but they are not sold in every store. Instead, you can contact the cleaning service, they will necessarily find a solution for this situation. I constantly had problems with cleaning carpets, both in the boat and at home.  I can vacuum the carpet several times, but the dirt still remains. Recently, I began to ask help from the niftytilecleaning.com.au, which, in addition to cleaning carpets, also does leather cleaning. I feel much more comfortable when I come home, and everything is already clean.

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