How to Clean and Maintain Marine Carpet

Marine carpet is inherently stain resistant because it is manufactured from solution-dyed Polypropylene fibers. That’s a good thing because any carpet in a boat takes a lot of abuse in a very concentrated area. That being said, you’ll want to regularly clean and maintain your marine carpet to keep your boat looking good for as long as possible.

Below, we’ll detail out the steps you can take to thoroughly clean and maintain your marine carpet.

How to clean your marine carpet

Step 1: Vacuum   

You’ll want to vacuum your carpet regularly to remove dirt from the surface. Carpet is prone to staining when particles become embedded over time. Before deep cleaning your marine carpet, vacuum it to remove any loose dirt or particles.

Step 2: Spot clean 

A few general spot cleaning tips to remember:

  • When there is a spill or a stain, it should be treated as soon as possible.
  • For wet spills, blot the area to remove excess liquid.
  • For a dry stain, vacuum it first.
  • After you have rinsed the residue off, blot dry.

To spot clean your marine carpet, there are a variety of different methods you can use:

  1. Use a multi-purpose cleaner to spot clean a specific area. You can even use degreaser for those stubborn stains caused by grease or oil so long as it does not have any harsh solvents. Make sure to presoak and rinse the carpet for best results.
  2. Treat it with your own solution. Using plain vinegar mixed with water is a classic cleaning trick. Mix around 40 oz of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Spray or pour onto the area you wish to clean and let soak until the carpet is fully saturated. Use a medium bristle brush and scrub gently. Be sure to thoroughly rinse after cleaning.
  3. To remove difficult stains such as fish blood, you can use cold water and mild dish soap. Apply to the affected area and let soak. Avoid hot water (this can make the stain permanent). Blot with a towel or sponge. You can follow up with a soft-medium bristle brush and scrub after first or second soak. Rinse the area completely and repeat.
  4. Baking soda can be a huge help to remove odors such as wet dog or that fishy seawater smell. It can also assist in removing some stains. Lightly mist the carpet first, the sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over it. The longer you let it sit, the more absorbent it will be (3 hours minimum- can be left overnight). Return after allowing the baking soda to work and vacuum it up.

The key to successfully cleaning your boat carpet and in removing a stain is to be sure all the soap/cleaning residue is rinsed off.  

If you leave any residue, it will draw more particles that will attach to the carpet fibers causing the stain to reappear.

Step 3: Clean with standard carpet cleaner.  

If none of the above methods are successful for spot cleaning or you want to clean your entire marine carpet, you can try using a standard carpet cleaner (be sure to follow their instructions).

Step 4: Let your carpet dry 

Anytime you get the carpet in your boat wet or after cleaning, you want to let it dry thoroughly before covering or storing in an enclosed area.

Remember that basic maintenance of your marine carpet is the easiest way to keep it looking good. Residue of any kind will attract more soiling and the more time it has to set, the harder it is to clean.

How to maintain your marine carpet

Here are some helpful tips to maintain your marine carpet.

1. Regularly vacuum and gently hose off your AquaMat® to prevent staining.
2. If there’s a spill, clean it up asap!
3. Dry your AquaMat® face up or by hanging.
4. Allow your AquaMat® to dry completely before storing; roll and store with carpet facing out.

Do NOT:  
1. Do not fold your AquaMat®
2. Do not roll/store your AquaMat® while wet
3.Do not use a pressure washer.

Follow these care tips and your marine carpet should stay in pristine condition for years to come. If your marine carpet is worn out or you just can’t seem to get a certain stain out of it, check out our marine flooring options! We offer both AquaMat® snap-in boating flooring and glue down carpet, so regardless of your preference, boat type or budget, you can find something that works for you.

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