Boat Carpet Care

Boat carpet takes a terrific beating every year. Extreme moisture, sand, stones, harsh UV rays, etc.  If you’re reading this post you have a 

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Big Boat

                           OR a

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Small Boat

            and you want to know how to keep the boat carpet clean.  Keep on reading.

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Is this your boat? Imagine what the carpet looks like.

Do’s and Don’ts for Boat Carpet Care

  1. Regularly vacuum and hose off your boat carpet to prevent staining.
  2. If there’s a spill, clean it up right away!
  3. Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly


  1. Fold your carpet.
  2. Roll or store your carpet while wet.  This will result in mold & mildew.

Boat Carpet Cleaning Tips 

Start with the basics. Using plain vinegar and water is an ageless trick. Mix around 40 ounces of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Spray on the soiled area and let it soak until the area is saturated. Using a medium bristle brush, scrub the area gently. It’s important to thoroughly rinse the soiled spot and let it dry before using it again.


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Boat Carpet cleaner

As an alternate use a commercial carpet product for cleaning your boat carpets.  It’s best to use a non-foaming


You can even use degreaser for those grease or oil stains as long as it does not have harsh solvents. Make sure to presoak and rinse the carpet thoroughly for the best results.  Do not leave a residue as this traps dirt easier.

Fishermen (or women) will find fish blood to be a difficult stain to remove. However, it’s simple – use cold water and mild dish soap. Apply to the damaged area and let it soak in.

Do not use hot water because it will make the stain permanent. Blot with a towel or a clean sponge. Follow up with a soft-medium bristle brush and scrub after the first or second soaking. Again rinse the area thoroughly and repeat the process until clean.

One More Tip

Have a carpet that stinks?  Baking soda works wonders for removing odors such as a wet dog or that fishy odor.  A box of baking soda works great in a closet too.

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Use Baking soda for a Boat Carpet Cleaner


Baking soda will also assist in eliminating some stains. Lightly mist the carpet first, then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over it. The longer you let it sit, the more it will absorb.  Allow 3 hours minimum – and it can be left overnight. Be patient, after it’s done its job – merely vacuum it up.

Hint: place a layer of “PRESS N SEAL” over the baking soda to keep the moisture in – it works better that way.

Follow these simple carpet cleaning tips, and your boat carpet will stay fresh and clean for years to come.

Don’t forget to clean it at the end of the boating season.

Where is PWS?

PWS is located in the center of Door County at 7325 St Hwy 57.  It is located 1 mile North of County MM (Hwy 42) and South of Sturgeon Bay.  Look for the intersection of Idlewild Road.  

Want us to address a dock or boat lift topic for you?  Feel free to give us a call.  

Call Jerry at 920-493-4404 or Email for more information.