For a "witch's brew" for general boat carpeting stains, including pet "accidents", take gallon of hot water, a generous amount of liquid dishwashing detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Use a hard bristle brush to work the mixture thoroughly into the fibers. Let sit for 30 minutes. Blot dry with clean towels or thick absorbent rags.
For extremely difficult stains, use a glass cleaner. (Yes, a glass cleaner!) Soak the area, allow to sit for five minutes, then blot. Glass cleaner works on all types of carpeting and doesn't leave a soapy residue that will attract more dirt afterwards.
For the toughest spots, use a scrap piece of carpeting as a scrubber. The textures mesh well to lift out even the darkest stains. Once your carpet is cleaned, Scotchguard it to limit further staining.
- Seasickness stains should be diluted and neutralized (vomit is acidic) with club soda or a mixture of baking soda and water.
- Blood stains, whether from injured boaters or recently caught fish, should be immediately covered with a paste made up of dry laundry starch and cold water. Do not use hot water, which will set the stain. Allow to dry, then brush or vacuum the residue away.
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