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erkoehler
05-08-2006, 05:30 PM
I trying to clean the carpet on my boss's newly acquired pontoon boat. The boat has sat in a basement garage since 1996 and is absolutlely disgusting....I need some help getting the carpet clean and odor free.

I have powerwashed it, had it cleaned professionally, but there is still a slight odor. Any tips or tricks I am missing?

We were just going to have it replaced, but nobody will take on the project until late in the summer, so I need to get it clean and odor free for the summer, and then will replace it in the fall.

Help me out guys.... :confused:

Sodar
05-08-2006, 06:57 PM
Just get it as clean as you can and let it sit out in the sun for a day or two... the smell will be gone!!

LakePirate
05-08-2006, 07:13 PM
The sun is your friend.

If he is looking at redoing it, you can get marine carpet at Lowes and all there is underneath it is marine grade plywood. You can get that there as well.

erkoehler
05-08-2006, 07:27 PM
The carpet is glued down REALLY well, and I don't want to redeck the boat at this time.

The boat has been sitting outside after the cleaning for about a week now.....the smell is better, but still there.

jimmer2880
05-08-2006, 07:29 PM
Just poor some beer on it. Let it bake in the sun for 3-4 days. The original smell won't be there anymore.


:D Of course, the stale beer smell will be imbedded into the carpet.

Sodar
05-08-2006, 07:35 PM
The carpet is glued down REALLY well, and I don't want to redeck the boat at this time.

The boat has been sitting outside after the cleaning for about a week now.....the smell is better, but still there.

Steam clean the carpets, leave it uncovered, baking in the sun and throw some Fabreeze on it. My floor was gross from all the rain we just had and I had mushrooms growing in my carpet. I steam cleaned it with my mom's household cleaner, let it dry outside for a day and threw some fabreeze on it.... GOOD AS NEW!!

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 10:35 PM
i had much the same problem in a car i just washed, but i found an aersol carpet "dricleaner" that got the stink and stains out really well

erkoehler
05-08-2006, 10:37 PM
What's the name of it?

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 10:45 PM
lemme check- its in my garage... give me a second
lots of rigourous scrubbing involved

erkoehler
05-08-2006, 10:47 PM
:D lemme check- its in my garage... give me a second
lots of rigourous scrubbing involved


That's ok, I get paid by the hour :D

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 10:50 PM
blue corral upholstry cleaner.. i think you can get it at walmart etc. it comes with a scrub brush of sorts on the can..
-cam

Datdude
05-08-2006, 10:51 PM
Maybe try some of that dry pet stain/smell remover that you put down then vacuum up? Diesel fuel will also get rid of any smell......but then you can't get the diesel fuel smell out so you probably wouldn't be any further ahead :uglyhamme

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 10:53 PM
also then your boat is prone to exploding... (or just catching on fire)
-cam

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 11:02 PM
p.s. let me know how it turns out

LakePirate
05-08-2006, 11:05 PM
I would avoid the carpet shaker stuff that you vacuum up. I put some in the wife's car and it worked great. But when I went to use the Wet Dry vac for water, the stench that came from the left over powder in the canister was pretty foul. To answer your question, it wasn't the water, it was clean running water that I was vacuuming up. You never get all of that stuff out of the carpet.

erkoehler
05-08-2006, 11:05 PM
I'll keep you informed....

Mi.mc
05-08-2006, 11:10 PM
fortunately pontoon boats generally have thinner carpets than cars so it should be easier to clean

erkoehler
05-08-2006, 11:11 PM
The key is the "clean" the carpet, and not just mask the odor.

LakePirate
05-08-2006, 11:16 PM
fortunately pontoon boats generally have thinner carpets than cars so it should be easier to clean


I was referring to any carpet. It gets into the fibers, no matter how small they are.

Leroy
05-09-2006, 12:07 AM
OK, this is really powerful cleaner, use with care.....vinegar will get rid of almost any smell and within few hours even the vinegar smell is gone. Cheap and often the active ingredigent in most cleaners.

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 12:17 AM
Seriously? Vinegar?

Do I just spray it on, or scrub it in.....what's the procedure?

Leroy
05-09-2006, 12:31 AM
Yes, do you have a wet/dry vac or a steam vac like you rent?

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/03/03aug04b.cfm

There are a bunch of these websites and my wife the cleaning wizard swears by vinegar. Many ways to apply and get out.

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 12:48 AM
I'll give the simple green a try and try the vinegar if that doesn't work.

mitch
05-09-2006, 07:50 AM
Erk, Did not go thru the whole thread, but it sounds like you won;t get it any cleaner. Fa breeze(sp) the whole thing, and let it sit in the sun. Smell could be from underneath the seats too, so I'd put dryer sheets in the storage compartments under the seats and dash.......If he's going to replace it in the fall, this should get you by.

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 09:59 AM
I have taken EVERYTHING off the boat. All seats, rails, benches, and pads have been removed and cleaned.

Cloaked
05-09-2006, 11:59 AM
I have taken EVERYTHING off the boat. All seats, rails, benches, and pads have been removed and cleaned.The perfect time for new carpet. Done deal.

erkoehler
05-09-2006, 12:26 PM
I do not have any desire to put new carpet on......:)

mitch
05-09-2006, 12:32 PM
The perfect time for new carpet. Done deal.

bingo.............

Datdude
05-09-2006, 03:01 PM
I do not have any desire to put new carpet on......:)

you can't polish a turd.......sometimes the carpet just needs to go. Pull up your skirt and start ripping the carpet off the thing. Then once the carpet is off, put some new plywood down and recarpet with fresh, new, clean carpert. Problem solved. If you would have just done that the first time this would all be over ;)

mitch
05-09-2006, 03:25 PM
plus, you'll impress your boss :D