How to Clean a Boat Carpet

Boat carpets are designed to take a lot of abuse from sun and sea, but sooner or later they're bound to get dirty. Cleaning a boat carpet isn't too difficult, but it is a different procedure than you would use on your home carpet. With some common household items you can have your boat carpet looking as good as new in a couple of hours, and be ready for the high seas once more.

Scrub the soiled areas with a stiff brush to loosen the dirt and grime.

Vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

Pour one cup white vinegar into a 1-quart spray bottle; fill with water.

Spray the soiled areas with the vinegar solution until saturated; let stand 15 minutes.

Brush the soiled areas once more; the dirt and grime will be released from the carpet fibers.

Rinse the carpet, using a garden hose with low pressure.

Suck up the remaining water with a shop vacuum; allow the carpet to air dry completely.

Fluff up the clean, dry carpet with the brush.


  • Do not use a high pressure hose on boat carpet.

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Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.