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Rocketman 03-06-2012 02:27 PM

Carpet Cleaning
I need to do a thorough cleaning of the carpet in my boat. Anyone have any tips for how to get it looking fresh and new? I was thinking just hose it down and then scrub it with a soft plastic brush and soapy water. I am sure you guys doing these resto projects have some ideas. Thanks.

Rocketman 03-06-2012 02:28 PM

By the way the carpet is in great shape. Doesnt need to be replaced. Just cleaned.

Jeff d 03-06-2012 02:31 PM

Pressure wash at a coin operated car wash then extract most of the water with a wet/dry shop vac.

02ProstarSammyD 03-06-2012 02:57 PM


Pressure wash at a coin operated car wash then extract most of the water with a wet/dry shop vac.
x2. I usually throw some carpet cleaner in the mix, scrub the bad areas with a soft brissle brush, and let it clean the bilge area while its at it but for 2 bucks you are so fresh and clean. Try to let it sit in direct sunlight for a bit before you hop in. No matter how clean you think you are you'll track crap into that wet carpet

vrsc 03-06-2012 04:09 PM

Since getting all hard wood flooring in my home, I had been tempted to garage sale my very expensive carpet/steamer. I just use that with the some liquid cleaner dumped in and you won't believe the color of the water in the cleaner after using it on the boat

russlars 03-06-2012 04:42 PM

I use a Bissell Little Green cleaner on my carpets. It works great and is easy to get into all of the little nooks and crannies. Someone on here suggested it to me a few years back and I have been very happy with it.

east tx skier 03-06-2012 05:06 PM

Bucket of warm water and some regular Tide (no bleach). Work it into the carpet with a soft brush, then hose it into the bilge with high pressure attachment. Shop vac to dry and follow up with some sunshine.

Extra step is to work some fabric softener and water into the carpet after cleaning and rinsing, but before drying. Let it sit an hour or so. Then, rinse. Then dry. Fluffs it up a bit.

Rocketman 03-06-2012 11:33 PM

Thanks guys. I will give these a try. I appreciate the advice.

ntidsl 03-07-2012 11:35 AM

I will send before and after pics in a few weeks. I will be doing the same thing, cleaning carpets. My plan is this. Tide, fabric softener and a scrub brush after soaking the carpet. Then my shop vac instead though to get moisture out. Lastly, Stainguard. I hate to see the carpet under my engine lid fluffier than the rest...drives me crazy!!! I'll then ba able to use my green machine for monthly touch that water comes out brown every time I use it.

mattb 03-07-2012 05:13 PM

I'm looking forward to doing this once it warms up here a little.

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