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How to Prevent Boat Carpet From Fraying

Updated March 28, 2017

Boat carpeting, also called marine carpet, uses synthetic fibres and rubber bottoms to line boat decks. This carpet is designed to withstand slat exposure, foul weather, grit, grease and marine detritus. To install the carpet, it must be cut down to the size of the boat deck; this exposes the small synthetic fibres that may fray over time. Prevent these frays by applying heat to the edges of the carpet after the cuts have been made.

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  1. Hold the edge of the cut carpet in one hand and hold the lighter in the other hand. Keep the carpet and lighter away from all gas tanks, engine and boat oil during this process.

  2. Run the edge of the carpet, where cut, along the lighter flame. Melt the fibres but do not let them catch on fire. Slowly move the flame around the entire outer edge of the carpet to seal the fibres and melt them down. Let the carpet cool before installing to the boat deck.

  3. Place the carpet moulding along the edges of the carpet after it has cooled and been set onto the boat deck for installation. Using a tack hammer and tacks, tack the moulding onto the edges of the carpet, preventing the edges from exposure to the elements, thus adding an extra level of fray prevention.

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Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Lighter
  • Carpet moulding
  • Tack hammer and nails

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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