Pontoon carpets are exposed to rain, sun, and human feet, leading to dirt buildup and stubborn stains that simply won’t go away. After a while, carpets and decking pads will also look dull and become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. However, with proper care and an appropriate stain removal system, pontoon carpets will retain their color and shine for years.
Check the carpet material
The very first thing you need to check is the carpet material and consider whether it can bear the cleaning technique. Common materials like polyester fibers and artificial grass should be pretty good for washing with water and a carpet cleaner.
It all depends on what the carpet is made of. Most pontoon boat rugs are made from synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene or acrylic and can withstand the most aggressive cleaning.
Check the carpet grade
Take a look at other specifications, such as whether the carpet has marine-grade backing, bacteria, and mold/mildew protectants. Since this is a long-time purchase, make sure you check out the sealers and protectants since chemicals can negate their effects. Carpets made from polyester material are highly resistant to stains and mold. They are also protected from fading, mildew, and damage from constant exposure to the sun, water, and human feet. Before you try any cleaning method, choose a small area for your tests and use it on the entire carpet only when you’re satisfied with the outcome.
How to get the stains off your carpet?
Boat carpets endure rough usage in many ways that can leave the carpet exposed to mold, dust, grime, and spores. To protect the carpet from the spores that grow into full-grown fungus, you can wash away stains with appropriate soap and water. Soak the stained area with a water and soap mix and rinse off after 5 minutes. If the stains are stubborn, rub them with a sponge or a soft cloth that won’t leave its color behind.
Avoid using tissue paper or paper towels as they will leave behind residue that will only worsen things. After you’ve cleaned the area with soap and water, you can apply a bleach solution to hide any stains left behind. For this, mix one-quarter bleach into one bucket of warm water or bowl and clean with a piece of sponge or cloth. Alternatively, combine equal parts of water and vinegar and spray it on the area. Use a sponge to scrub the carpet and let it air dry. For tougher stains, try a scrub brush. After you’re done with the cleaning, it would be a wise decision to power wash the entire carpet and then let it dry out in the sunshine to get rid of any stains left behind.
In case you’re going for synthetic moss killers, take care not to wash them off near a water body as they have chemical ingredients that can harm marine life. Try using them as a last resort, but if you really have to, make sure you clean your carpet when you land to avoid contaminating the waters.