Eventually your boat carpet may wear out or fade, and you'll need a new one. Learning how to replace a boat carpet varies in difficulty depending on the type of carpet you have. Snap-on carpets are quite easy to replace, but glued-on carpets are a little more challenging.
Determine whether your boat carpet glues in place or snaps in place. You need to have this information when ordering a new one.
Choose the color and style of carpet. It is usually available in a multitone, heavy-duty loop texture, or a thick, cut pile texture.
Use your original snap-on carpet dimensions to cut the new one. Boating accessory companies will use those dimensions or a paper pattern to cut it to shape, then add an edge of binding and snaps.
Obtain exact dimensions of glue-down boat carpet. This is designed to stay in place for years, so when you rip it up you may tear it, making it difficult to use as a template.
Remove old carpeting. Use a scraper to get all the glue off the surface. If it's still not as clean as possible, use a drill with the stripping wheel and go over problem areas.
Vacuum the boat floor and wipe it clean.
Trim the new glue-in carpet to size with a utility knife. Trowel marine glue onto the floor. Press the carpet in place.
Create a dent around the edge of the glue-in carpet with a screwdriver. This will act as a line when trimming the edges. Follow the line with a utility knife at a 45 degree angle for a perfect fit.
Line up the fasteners for snap-on boat carpets. You can use the same snaps that are already attached to the boat.