Cleaning cockpit floor

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

  1. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    the drill brush works well on carpet also to loosen dirt that is deeply embedded before vacuuming the carpet and it fluffs the nap of the carpet....

    cliff
     
  2. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Wow.... I think we should figure out what that black foam stuff is and put it in a tube and start competing with 3M's 5200.

    Oven cleaner?... That's crazy. I can just imagine the poor guy that figured that out must have touched every chemical known... and then some.
     
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  3. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 Member

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    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives
    I did that. Then didn’t think to use gloves. Bad idea. Chemical burned hands.

    For point of reference, can’t take credit for figuring it out.
     
  4. Razzle Dazzle

    Razzle Dazzle Ship shape and Bristol Fashion SILVER Sponsor

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    Jul 2, 2016
    United Kingdom and Florida
    Sea Ray Express Cruiser 340 1989 Mercruiser 7.4
    Mercruiser twin 7.4 Gas powered
    Polishing compound, then replace with indoor/outdoor carpet from Lowes for under $100, rolls up easily when you need to get to the bilge and it is stylish and on trend. When it gets grubby, it's cheap enough to throw in the skip and replace. That snap down stuff is junk for the price they charge and not fit for purpose.
     
  5. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    We are finally going to replace our old carpet which my husband kept saying is "fine" and "good enough". Understandable considering that we're in the midst of having to redo the secondary seals on our windows which was a really expensive project.

    At any rate, last night we were at the boat doing another project and I was pushing to just get the damned carpet done. I was trying to make my point and lifted up the largest piece of carpet and was greeted by not only a nasty mess of black backing that is totally deteriorated but also green fuzzy mold. So gross!!!

    Needless to say I placed the order for our new carpet this morning. Finally!

    We have a drill brush and I'll give that a try. What was the cleaning solution that worked best for your stubborn stains? I have a feeling that ours will be about the same.

    Thanks!
    Sandy
     
  6. TNT8808

    TNT8808 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    May 25, 2016
    West Michigan
    2008 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Avon Seasport 340
    40 HP Yamaha
    I've read a lot of threads on here about different ways to clean that mess up, but I have a new one. One of the techs at my marina was having a devil of a time getting that old backing off a customers boat, and someone mentioned brake fluid. He simply brushed it on and left it for like 20 minutes or so and just wiped it off with a rag.

    -Tom
     
  7. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Whoa! Well we’re beading back to the marina tomorrow evening and we’ll go armed with several options but I’ll try the brake fluid first! Why not?
     
  8. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i have never tried it but 'bug and tar' remover found at auto parts stores might also work....

    cliff
     
  9. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Thanks Cliff! I’ll stop somewhere on the way to the boat for supplies. Last night I was at Target and they were completely out of brake fluid. They had 4 on hand according to their system and when I asked a staff member to check he looked frustrated and said someone must have stolen all 4 containers. Such a weird thing to steal!!
     
  10. peterkvs

    peterkvs Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Nov 11, 2012
    Guntersville, Alabama
    400 Sundancer 1999
    3116 Cats, 1000 hours
    Has to be the original easy off. The stuff with Lye in it. Not the scent free. Spray on, scrub around, let sit 15-30 min, scrub off rinse dry repeat 3-4 times.
     
  11. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    We went out to the marina tonight to pull our old carpet. it was a total mess underneath but after vacuuming and then following up with a drill brush and some simple green (soft scrub with bleach on the bad spots), it's finally all clean. Can't wait for our new carpet!
     
  12. mnm99

    mnm99 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Last edited: May 12, 2018
  13. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Exactly! We used the yellow brush on the cockpit floor and we have the white brushes ready for cleaning the vinyl another day. I just need to decide which product I’ll use on the vinyl. I have a few which should all be appropriate. Getting that nasty junk out of our boat fees so good! We knew we had a leak in the skylight which coincidentally got properly sealed (along with our windows) yesterday. We had no idea that the carpet had been developing mildew underneath. Thankfully it was very dry yesterday so we were able to vacuum the majority of the nasty stuff first and then followed up with the rest.
     
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  14. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Look for Totally Awesome Cleaner on Amazon. It’s yellow stuff that costs about $10.00 a gallon. I don’t bother diluting it as per the guide on the side of the bottle. I use it with the green side of the scrub sponges that are sold in Home Depot and other places. Pick up a spray bottle to put the cleaner in while you’re there. Takes a little elbow grease if the vinyl cushions are really dirty, but it works well and it’s pretty cheap.
    Follow up with 303 protectant and your vinyl will look great.
     
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  15. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Thanks! Our cushions aren't very dirty but we'd like to get them back to like-new condition. We have the white drill brush set and I'll look into that cleaner. Thanks!
     
  16. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Be very, very careful with the drill brush on the vinyl. If it is a variable speed drill, then start out with it on a very slow speed and apply very little pressure to make sure you don’t damage the vinyl. If it isn’t a variable speed drill then I wouldn’t use it.
    You can do just as well with the scour side of the sponge and not risk damaging the vinyl.
    My white vinyl (and my boat) got covered with black soot last fall from a fire a few slips away from me on a transient dock. The cleaner and scour side of the sponge got it spotless again.
    Also, I keep a bucket of water with Dawn mixed in to it and a clean rag next to me when I do the vinyl. I do a section with the cleaner, and when it raises the dirt I wipe it down with the rag to get that dirt off of it before it starts to dry again. Then I rinse the vinyl down with a hose, let it completely dry, then apply the 303.
    There is another product that I tried last week on some vinyl filler cushions based on the recommendation of several posters here. It’s called Marine Strip. It worked extremely well and was very quick. I really liked it a lot, but decided not to use it because my vinyl is original from 2002 and I was a little afraid of putting a solvent on it.
    The downsides to the Marine Strip though is that the shipping on it is through Etsy and is almost as much as the product, it’s solvent based and I felt like the vinyl I tried it on was a little gummy after I used it (but it did dry okay), and it evaporates very quickly. I was lucky enough to have a distributor about a 30 minute drive from me so I avoided the shipping charge.
     
  17. sandydlc

    sandydlc Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    I have separate brushes for cleaning grout/flooring (yellow) vs the ones that are made for cleaning vinyl (white). We do have a variable speed drill and the plan is to use it at it's lowest setting. Our seats are not bad but we'd like to get them looking better. Thanks for the word of caution!
     
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