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mzimme
04-23-2013, 06:50 PM
What methods have you all found to be successful when cleaning carpet out? Need to get the new boat up to my standards and the carpet was neglected for a while. I've heard of people using washing machine detergent and scrubbing with a soft brush, is this the best method? Any products that really bring lots of grime/mildew/mold/other stains up really well?

sand2snow22
04-23-2013, 11:56 PM
Pressure washer, just don't get too close!

gotjag941
04-24-2013, 12:01 AM
Wouldn't get close to the carpet with a pressure washer your asking for trouble when if careful on slip and bam! Your screwed I'd get a good carpet cleaner like coral blue and a good brush and garden hose with a strong nozzle that'll clean it up like new for best results let it dry for a bit then hit it with a shop vacuum

homer12
04-24-2013, 08:05 AM
Another question as I could stand to do also this year - do you just make a mess in the interior and then clean seats and other vinyl after the carpet?

Mgboyd25
04-24-2013, 08:21 AM
This may sound a little crazy but I actually pay a carpet cleaner to come and clean the carpets in my boat once a year.
I open all of the various areas that have carpet and my guy gets into every spot. He charges me about $60 which may seem pricey but the carpets look perfect and stay nice and fluffy for a good amount of time.

TN X-45
04-24-2013, 08:25 AM
As mentioned in many previous threads, I did the fabric softener in a spray bottle method and it worked great. Fluffy and smells good!

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ttu
04-24-2013, 08:26 AM
I have used a pressure washer and used about half a cup of tide laundry det. worked great and smelled nice.

Fletchx7
04-24-2013, 08:39 AM
This may sound a little crazy but I actually pay a carpet cleaner to come and clean the carpets in my boat once a year.
I open all of the various areas that have carpet and my guy gets into every spot. He charges me about $60 which may seem pricey but the carpets look perfect and stay nice and fluffy for a good amount of time.

I do the same thing and turns out great! Although, technically I've never paid for it since it's my neighbor. He has gotten anything we have thrown at him out of carpet in the house and boat......and that list pretty broad!! He even sprays a mildew killer/preventer in all of the closed compartments.

tdelong
04-24-2013, 02:05 PM
Power washer is what I use also. It gets everything out and we've been using that method at the marina I work at for years so I have to imagine its the option of choice

nickespi
04-24-2013, 02:15 PM
New carpet...:woohoo:


Or just do the pressure washing thing

3ponds
04-24-2013, 05:50 PM
Rent a carpet cleaning machine from your local hardware store, like a Rug Doctor machine, and use the upholstery attachment. This is what I do every year, works great.

mzimme
04-25-2013, 03:42 PM
Does the rug doctor have an attachment that can get into the area under seats well? I did the power wash thing and it got a lot of dirt out, but not the stains.

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sand2snow22
04-25-2013, 05:43 PM
For tough stains I use Resolve Triple Action spray. Soak the stain, let it sit and work for awhile then scrub hard with a stiff nylon brush. Repeat until it's gone. Rust stains are the worst. You can also try Totally Awesome, but Resolve is my #1 choice.

http://www.powerofresolve.com/product-carpet-triple-action.php

3ponds
04-26-2013, 07:08 AM
The Rug Doctor upholstery attachment is a small handheld head that has a flexible suction hose, can use it most everywhere.

mzimme
04-26-2013, 10:38 AM
For tough stains I use Resolve Triple Action spray. Soak the stain, let it sit and work for awhile then scrub hard with a stiff nylon brush. Repeat until it's gone. Rust stains are the worst. You can also try Totally Awesome, but Resolve is my #1 choice.

http://www.powerofresolve.com/product-carpet-triple-action.php

Speaking of Totally Awesome... I bought some to use on the seats (haven't used it yet). It says its a concentrate, yet comes in a spray bottle. :confused:

I assume I need to go find another empty spray bottle to mix this stuff, but any suggestions on the ratio for the seats?

helton333
04-26-2013, 11:21 AM
I will chime in with the others - NOTHING gets dirt out if you physically are not pulling it out of the boat - so rent a steam cleaner with a wand attachment - I had cleaned my last year with the typical spray foam stuff - then vacumming with a shop vac. The steam cleaner I used this year, it looked like coffee coming up - color is back, carpet is much softer, stands up better. Rented mine from a grocery store like Publix

mzimme
04-26-2013, 03:33 PM
Sounds like I need to spray totally awesome all over the carpet and then use a rug doctor on it. Seems like a good combo...

sand2snow22
04-27-2013, 12:14 AM
No need to dilute totally awesome. Use full strength on vinyl and carpet.

BriEOD
04-27-2013, 07:15 AM
Pressure washer + 1 cup of Tide

VP46
05-26-2013, 01:54 AM
What if I go with a Water/fabric softner mix, scrub it in to the carpet, and then SHOP VAC it out?

My carpet looks like this currently:

http://static.boatquest.com/listings/9/0/5/90513_1324543.jpg

bstanislaw
05-28-2013, 05:30 PM
Im planning on doing mine also, but im thinking a steam cleaner will do the job. Works good on carpet in the house.

helton333
05-28-2013, 05:37 PM
steam cleaner - trust me - FAR better than the best shop vac

MattsCraft
05-29-2013, 05:21 PM
Hmmm... Seems to me you all are making this more difficult than it needs to be. Now granted, my carpet has never seen shoes or any major spills outside a beer or two here and their...

Twice in four years I pulled out and onto the driveway, spray it down with the garden hose, sprinkle in whatever laundry detergent the wife has on hand and scrub lightly with a short bristle brush on a pole and rinse. Done in a about 20 mins, hang on the deck to dry, looks brand new!

I do pull it out and use the house vacuum a few times a season also.

uplander
05-29-2013, 11:33 PM
another boating forum I am on guys use the "Little Green Machine" by Bissel. It is basically a steam cleaner but small and portable. I almost picked one up at Walmar for $90 but I might do it after reading this thread. The wand is very small and could go everywhere.

There is also a product called Capture which is dry powder that you scrub into carpet and then vacuum. We have used at house for stains but not sure about the boat. But I think it might be worth a try. The stuff works great on stains.

russlars
05-30-2013, 02:06 AM
I have the Little Green Machine and love it. Gets into all of the tight spots and does a good job of pulling the dirt out of the carpet.

Pickwick
09-30-2013, 02:19 PM
What type of brush? Hard or soft. Will a hard bristle damage/wear the carpet?

Cloaked
10-12-2013, 12:53 PM
Works well....

markmcfarland
10-12-2013, 05:25 PM
Pressure washer

Burbon66
10-13-2013, 08:06 AM
Definitely the pressure washer. I used a carpet cleaning solution that you would typically use in a bissell type carpet cleaner, mixed it up in a bucket and poured it on the carpet. Massaged it in and let it soak for 10 mins. Then started in one corner a pressure washed every inch. Could not believe the dirt that come out. Then to finish it off, used the green machine to get out any extra water.

mikeg205
10-13-2013, 11:04 AM
Totally awesome cleaner then a regular hose... works very well...

eseebeck
10-21-2013, 03:51 PM
when you guys say pressure washer. Do you seriously put that much water into your boat? Or do you remove the carpet and pressure wash on the driveway. Seems like a lot of water to put in the boat.

Cloaked
10-21-2013, 04:48 PM
when you guys say pressure washer. Do you seriously put that much water into your boat? Or do you remove the carpet and pressure wash on the driveway. Seems like a lot of water to put in the boat.I do but I have a pressure regulator so I can lower the pressure to minimal.

However the pressure washer is kind of messy for over-spray. I prefer to manually scrub << spit >> and rinse with a water hose (even lower pressure), then I take an ice scraper and squeegee the water to the basement and let it drain. Then I put a 20" box fan in for overnight to dry it out.

I do not have the PAK snap-in carpet so I am constrained to washing the carpet in place.

After a few years of this annual ritual, I lay in new carpet... :D Cheap and easy enough....

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madcityskier
10-22-2013, 03:51 PM
Little green machine. Gets just about anywhere. Forget their soap and mix 1 tablespion chlorine dioxide and a little (maybe 3-4 tablespoons) high efficiency laundry soap into one container of cleaner. Works like a charm and doesn't discolor anything I've found yet.

Cloaked
11-06-2013, 08:47 PM
good gadget

Burbon66
11-07-2013, 05:25 AM
when you guys say pressure washer. Do you seriously put that much water into your boat? Or do you remove the carpet and pressure wash on the driveway. Seems like a lot of water to put in the boat.

Yep not a problem, with the bung out raise the front of the boat and work it to the rear, then when finished lower the front and rinse out. I pick a hot weekend, do it Saturday morning and it is nearly dry by Sunday arvo.

Cloaked
11-08-2013, 06:37 PM
good info... thanks