carpet cleaning

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by dieselsmoke, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. dieselsmoke

    dieselsmoke Member

    Aug 21, 2016
    2007 185 sport
    4.3 mercruiser
    My snap in carpets are in nice shape. No real stains. I usually just put them on the floor and get them vacuumed clean with the shop vac. But I was wondering if I could place them in the washer machine on a delicate cycle? Whats do you guys think
  2. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I used to take them and lay them out on a tarp in the driveway. Wet them down and spray with some mild clothes detergent. Then take a scrub brush on a handle and scrub and rinse with a pressure washer. Hang them over the fence or deck rail to dry. Then treat with 303 Fabric Protectant and good to go.

  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I have brought mine home, washed them on the back deck and then pressure washed them to rinse...
  4. kap2

    kap2 Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 28, 2013
    Rhode Island
    370 Sundancer 1998
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser V-drive
    I wash them in the machine a few times a season then just line dry them. Also, after they dry I spray them down with 303 Fabric Guard. It makes them easy to clean up in case of a spill.

    I assume you're talking about the snapin Sunbrella carpet runners.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    cockpit carpet or carpet savers on top of your salon carpeting ?
  6. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    A washing machine will put a lot of stress on the lamination of the backing to the fiber. If they are that bad, I would recommend hosing them with very, VERY little or no detergent. You can lightly scrub them, or even use a mild pressure washer (not close up) to help. Be advised, almost all rubber backed boat carpet still has latex in it. Latex is definitely degraded by water. So get the cleaning done quickly and get them dry.

    Also of note, once you start aggressively cleaning the carpet will be losing the original mill applied polymers, which means it will get dirty faster and be harder to clean in the future. You can apply things like scotchgard or 303 protectant which helps a little.

    Best bet if they are not that bad, is to hose them briefly while hanging vertically without any cleaners or detergent.
  7. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I have Corinthian carpeting with PVC backing. We use a residential carpet cleaner (a Hoover, I think) with carpet detergent and a bit of white wall tire cleaner. We have a problem with diesel exhaust from the marina forklifts and it takes a degreaser like tire cleaner to remove it.

    My carpet set is 7 years old and still looks like new.
  8. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I agree with Keoki and Frank. Don't put your carpet in the washer. Residential washer are not built for that type of load. You'll end up buying the Admiral a new Maytag.

    I used to lay my carpets out on the garage floor, or in the driveway if was warm and sunny, and rent a Rug Doctor carpet shampooing machine from a rental center. It always worked really well as that is what it was built to do.


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