Cleaning cockpit floor

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Captn TJ, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    On our new to us '05 280, we threw away the old carpet since the foam backing was disintegrating under our feet (see photo below). Some of the foam vacuumed up well but a lot of is stuck to the floor. Has anyone had to deal with this? What did you use to remove the foam embedded in the floor IMG_4952.JPG
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    A stiff brush and some simple green remove mine easily.
  3. Brett H

    Brett H Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 12, 2009
    Lake Lanier, GA
    2004 550 Sundancer w/ MAN's - Unleashed
    Raymarine e127's; KVH HD7; Xantrex 3024 Inverter
    T-800 MAN's (D2848LE403)
    Started w/ Stiff Brush then used Scotch Brite Pad
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Try a medium bristle carpet cleaning brush on a drill, or even better yet, a random orbital or rotary polisher if you have one.
    You can find the brush for your drill on Amazon or for a polisher either there or most auto detailing supply websites.
    Do a small section at a time.
    Spray the cleaner of your choice on the surface then deep clean it with the brush on the power tool.
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Star Brite non skid cleaner and a drill brush off amazon. Ours is yellow.
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Active Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Spray 9 Cleaner or Starbrite Deck Cleaner. Try to stay away from bleaches as they are too harsh for the gelcoat.

  7. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
  8. wayne0

    wayne0 Member

    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    I'll add one more...........
    Soft scrub with a stiff brush.
  9. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 11, 2016
    MacRay Harbor (Michigan)
    2005 390 Sundancer, GHS Swim Platform, Bow/Stern Thrusters, Tracvision, Twin E120 w/ Autopilot
    Those little guys gave me nightmares on my 310. I used almost every suggestion above but then I still had to get on my hands and knees and slowly remove the stubborn ones with a small head screwdriver/knife. I'll never forget that day either, it was close to 150 degrees..
  10. peterkvs

    peterkvs Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2012
    Guntersville, Alabama
    400 Sundancer 1999
    3116 Cats, 1000 hours
    I used easy off oven cleaner. It worked well but required a few applications.
  11. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 New Member

    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives
    I will second this! I tried everything and nothing else worked.

    Attached Files:

  12. lawndoctor

    lawndoctor Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay & Philadelphia
    2009 330 Sundancer & 2002 225 Weekender
    8.1L V-Drives & Bravo III 5.0L
    When you do the cleaning, try to keep that stuff from draining into the bilge. It will make a mess of the bilge and gum up your bilge pumps.
  13. LG111

    LG111 Member

    Jan 4, 2015
    Maybe a powerwasher?

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