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When people think about rugs and carpets, they typically envision a house. Not many think about a mobile home, especially one that floats on water. But boats need covering for their floors, just like any other residence. And your boat needs the greatest. Here are the best carpet and rug options to buy for your boat.
Let’s face it—slipping and falling is a high possibility when moving around on a boat. Water splashing on the deck and surface is sure to happen. No one needs more accidents by adding a slippery rug. Get yourself a nonslip rug or carpet because it is a must-have.
You can either purchase a rubber base rug or buy a rubber nonslip mat and place it beneath the rug. The rubber will stick to the floor of your boat without damaging it. Instead of using double-sided tape and potentially ruining the varnish, use rubber, which is easier to extract when it’s time to lift things to clean.
Whatever rug or carpet you select for your boat needs to be washable. Think about all the activity that happens on a boat. The saltwater, motor oil, sand, and galley spills will find their way onto your rug. And enough of it accumulated could make your rug unrecognizable.
You’ll need to wash it periodically. Be sure to have backups for when one is out of commission. Washing rubber-based rugs could be difficult because the rubber will start to flake off. But there’s a solution. Wash the rubbers in cool or warm water, never hot. Hot water will deteriorate the surface. Dry them on low heat or consider air-drying.
Boat rugs and carpets will pick up their fair share of stains. It’s easier to spill a beverage or even food onto the surface. Boats aren’t exactly on stable ground, and when things start to get rocky, you need a rug that can withstand the toughest stains.
There isn’t a rug that will prevent stains, but there are ones that can mask them. Colorful, irregularly patterned rugs and carpets make it harder to see stains and spills because people’s eyes are drawn to the pattern instead. At Koeckritz Rugs, we have turf carpets and rugs that hide sudden stains effectively.
Finally, choose a long-lasting rug. Your boat rug will go through some trials, and that wear and tear they experience over time should happen way down the line. Choose a synthetic rug because they’ve got the strongest armor.
Things like mold and mildew are common on boats, but you never want your rug or carpet to deal with them. Synthetic material is less prone to growing mold or mildew below or on top of the surface.
We can help you choose the best rug or carpet options for your boat and your home. For more information, visit our website.