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Carpet Cleaning

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HydroCanis
HydroCanis Member Posts: 177 ✭✭
I assume someone's asked before but I don't see an old thread. What are some effective ways of cleaning the snap-in carpets? I don't want to put much additional wear on them during cleaning, but a recent outing with "the guys" left an array of junk on them, visible even on my brown carpets. I don't mind attacking them (gently and carefully) with a (nonmetallic) scrub brush, but what type of soap, etc. works best?
David
2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

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  • skidtrash
    skidtrash Member Posts: 60 ✭✭
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    I used to own a carpet cleaning business....I used to have a couple of people bring their carpets to me (so I didnt have to travel aka spend money) and I would clean their boat carpets right in my driveway for cheap... might be worth making a couple phone calls to a local small cleaner
  • HydroCanis
    HydroCanis Member Posts: 177 ✭✭
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    Good idea, thanks.
    David
    2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
    "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

  • cjjjdeck
    cjjjdeck Member, Moderator Posts: 1,872 ✭✭✭✭
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    When I purchased my boat, I also purchased a multi-attachment telescoping handle by Shurhold.  You can attach different stiffness of brushes and even a boat hook.  My kit came with a soft bristle brush, boat hook and handle.  I also purchased the medium brush.  They are made to last forever and work very well.  I use the soft brush for cleaning the deck and the medium to clean my swim platform and they work great.  Although I haven't had to clean my carpet yet, I would use the medium brush in my driveway and probably start out using Dawn detergent and Lestoil for any grease/oil based stains.

    Here's a link to the product on West Marine's website.  Most other marine suppliers offer it as well:

    http://www.westmarine.com/search?text=shurhold
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    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • HydroCanis
    HydroCanis Member Posts: 177 ✭✭
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    I ended up using laundry detergent and a medium brush. Worked well except on rust spots (friends brought some rusty iron object on board and bits fell off, which, mixed with saltwater, left rusty spots). For that, I tried several things. The only thing that worked was lemon juice, after several applications and letting it soak in each time. Now that the carpet's clean, I need to get the rusty spots off the deck. I'll try lemon juice again. Any other suggestions?
    David
    2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
    "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

  • cjjjdeck
    cjjjdeck Member, Moderator Posts: 1,872 ✭✭✭✭
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    I've had some pretty good luck with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on stubborn deck spots.
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • HydroCanis
    HydroCanis Member Posts: 177 ✭✭
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    I had some unidentified stains and remembered that you or someone else here said that, so I tried it, successfully. But the rust stain below the starboard side hull hole from the poop deck drain, not so much. I'm thinking of taping a lemon juice soaked paper towel to the spot for a little while. There are some rust-removal products in the grocery store that might work. I didn't buy them earlier because they specifically say not for use on fabric, carpet, etc.
    David
    2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
    "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

  • cjjjdeck
    cjjjdeck Member, Moderator Posts: 1,872 ✭✭✭✭
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    There's a pretty good product on the market by Jelmar called CLR, which stands for Calcium, Lime & Rust remover.  It is safe for fiberglass and is available from Home Depot and probably most other stores that have plumbing products.

    Here's a link to their site:

    http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm

    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • HydroCanis
    HydroCanis Member Posts: 177 ✭✭
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    Thanks, I didn't know if it would be safe for gelcoated glass. I'm going after it right now (HD is nearby).
    David
    2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
    "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6