How to Clean Boat Carpet 2018-07-11T11:15:41+00:00

How to Clean Boat Carpet

Your boat is a big investment and your new boat carpet is a large investment in time and money to install it.A little preventative cleaning will help your boat look great and increase the life span of your carpet.

Regular vacuuming will help extend your carpet’s life.Sand and dirt get between the fibers and cause abrasion, which wears out the fibers and possibly the bond. Vacuum often to keep your boat carpet looking sharp longer.

You should plan on cleaning your boat carpet 2-3 times a year. Boat Carpet should be cleaned in as gentle a manner as possible.Your carpet from resists oil and gas stains and fading, so harsh cleaners are not necessary.

Here are some steps to clean your boat carpet.


Remove loose surface dirt before applying water.

Wet the carpet thoroughly

Use a garden hose with the sprayer removed and saturate the carpet.  Wet and clean a section at a time, especially on a hot day, the soap can dry or get sticky.

Apply your cleaner

The simplest and safest way to clean your new boat carpet is with a solution of dish detergent and warm water in a big bucket.  Work the cleaning solution in a section at a time with a SOFT or MEDIUM bristle brush or rags.  You will need to kneel down and really work the old elbow grease.  Work section by section.  Hose it off and repeat as needed to remove the soil.

Rinse and remove water

When you are satisfied with your work, give it a final rinse.  Then use a shop vac to remove water.  Gently brush with your soft or medium large faced bristle brush to restore the “fluff” to your carpet.

Do NOT use a power washer on your boat carpet, the high pressure spray can damage the glue bond, causing it to become unattached.  It can also degrade the fibers in the carpet. Do NOT take your carpet through a car wash.  Sometimes the heat of the nozzle can burn the fibers, or the pressure from the hose can damage the carpet and glue.  Even if there is not immediate damage, over time this will take it’s toll.

Stubborn stains

If you have ground in stains that are not budging, you might want to consider trying one of the spot removers on the market.  Some of these are quite strong and not all are compatible.  Test first in an inconspicuous area, or on a scrap piece of carpet. (It’s always a good idea to save some for patches or testing.)