Cleaning Your Boat

Cleaning Your Boat

Congratulations! You bought a boat, and you just completed a terrific weekend with your family out on the river or lake. Unfortunately, all of that fun made your boat’s carpet a little dirty. Do you know what to do? If you don’t know how to effectively clean a carpet in a boat, check out these easy carpet cleaning tips below.

Prepare the Boat
You will want to prepare your carpet for cleaning first. This means vacuuming up any loose rocks, dirt, or debris before you begin. Also, try to park the boat on a slight incline. Remove the drain plug in the boat before you begin. You don’t want the inside of your boat to become a pond of dirty cleaning water.

Break Out the Hose
The great thing about the carpet in your boat is that it is different than the carpet in your home. It’s meant to get wet! This means you can use a garden hose to gently attack all of the dirt and grime on your carpet. Get the carpet good and wet. You can even use your thumb to increase the water pressure to begin loosening up any gunk that may be attached the carpet fibers.

Soapy Water and a Brush
Fill up a bucket with soapy water. Use a medium bristle scrub brush to begin cleaning the carpet. You don’t want to scrub too hard. Use just enough pressure to loosen any unwanted materials attached the carpet. Scrub each area of the carpet at least once. Afterwards, use the hose again to rinse away the suds.

Still Got Stains? No Problem!
You can use a mixture of white vinegar and water to tackle any stubborn stains on the carpet. White vinegar is a mild acid, and it should help break up these stains. Rinse the stains with your garden hose.

Get that Water Out After rinsing, use a wet vacuum to remove as much water from the carpet as possible. Next, place your boat in a place where it can get plenty of sun. You want that carpet to become both clean and dry before your next big trip.

Fluff it Up
You will want your carpet to look clean and classy. A great way to do this is to use your medium bristle scrub brush once more. After the carpet is dry through sitting in the sun, use a dry medium bristle scrub brush to fluff the carpet fibers. This is done through gently scrubbing the boat carpet in circular motions.

Avoid the Wash
Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to use a car wash. Manuals often say it can be done, but the high pressure nozzles in car washes can damage carpets. Follow the steps above instead.

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