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How to Clean Marine Carpet

Your boat is a major investment, and regular maintenance will help you get the most out of it. Your marine carpet is bound to get dirty when your boat is in use, and if you don’t clean it periodically, you could end up needing to replace it much sooner than you had planned. Your carpet installation company can help you understand the best way to maintain your marine carpet when you purchase it. These tips will also help:

Vacuum After Boating

Get into the habit of making vacuuming your marine carpet part of your usual boat cleaning routine. Vacuuming will pick up loose debris, decreasing the amount of dirt and grime that gets stuck into your carpet. It will also help your carpet maintain a fluffier texture and reduce the wear and tear on it. Picking up debris from your outings every time you dock your boat will also help to prevent odors that can become embedded over time if you don’t clean your carpeting.

Avoid Abrasive Hoses and Cleansers

Your carpet will need to be cleaned about 3 times a year, or more, if you are an avid boater. Many people try to clean their marine carpets by pulling their boat into a do-it-yourself car wash bay, but the high-powered hoses can damage your carpet, especially if it is old. The most effective way to clean your marine carpet without damaging it is to use a medium-bristle brush, garden hose, and bucket of water mixed with a mild dish soap. You can also use a vinegar and water mixture, using 2 to 3 pints of vinegar per 2 gallons of water. After washing the carpet, use a vacuum hose to soak up extra moisture.

Perform Spot Cleaning

To prevent stains on the carpet, perform spot cleaning as soon as the stain occurs. Degreasing products made for carpets will remove oil and tar. Other carpet cleaners can be used for other kinds of stains, but be sure to test every new cleaner you use in an inconspicuous area of the carpet.

Bay Carpet offers a wide selection of marine carpet to make your boat look its best. Call our carpet installation professionals in New York, NY today at (718) 366-5001 to find out more about our marine, residential, and commercial flooring options.

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