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guests dirty shoes trashing non skid

Our new boat has non skid that just WILL NOT give up dirt. When friends walk a few blocks and across the parking lot to get to our dock they invariably have dirt and/or grease on the bottom of their shoes. Even if they are boat shoes, we don't want that dirt on the deck. It takes us hours to clean it up. Any suggestions for a polite and not too paranoid way to ask people to remove or clean shoes? We've bought a bunch of cheap Crocs to have on hand if guest have trekked on the streets. What about a box/canister of wipes of some sort that would take of street dirt and grease on the bottom of boat shoes nyone tried that tack? We thought we might just pass everyone a wipe before they get on the boat. It may sound like we are being OCD but we are tired of constant scrubbing. We leave our walking shoes on the dock, exchange them for deck shoes and only THEN do we get on board. How can we help this happen for guests?

Thanks for any ideas you might have. Evelyn

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Yeah, un-tie those little ropy things between the boat and the dock. (sorry-couldn't resist!)
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Sounds like someone used cheap oil on an asphalt parking lot.

If you are sure the problem isn't from the non-skid, i.e. maybe a sticky layer of old wax on it? Well...you could tell your guests you follow the old custom of washing their feet when you greet them, please sit down before you board. Or, warn them outright, just tell them there's a problem with the parking lot to please carry their boat shoes and change at the dock.

One of the yellow cleaners commonly sold these days like "Goo-be-gone" should clean off whatever is on their shoes real quickly, I'd use that with a plastic "Scrunge" or other kitchen scrub pad, and then some rag or paper towel, to do a fast cleanup on shoes. Or any automotive "bug-n-tar" remover.

I'd say to get those surgical over-booties that hospitals use but I don't think they'd give good traction on a boat for long.

If your guests can't appreciate "we've got this crazy problem and we have to spend hours scrubbing unless..." then you need to rethink the guest list. Or, hide their car keys until after THEY'VE cleaned the decks.
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When I want my guest to take off their shoes, I leave my at the slip/finger as I step into the boat. When guest sees your shoes out there, they'll know that even the owner removes street shoes before getting onboard. At same time, I place a floor mat on the coaming for cleaning of feet as well as for those "anal" guest who missed seeing the pair of shoes at the finger/dock.
To remove those dirt, I would use windows/tiles cleaning solution. But be very careful, to clean only the gelcoat/deck only. Not for polycarbonate windows and sealant around it.
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Unsouled feet of guests at the owners request may present a future liability issue that would make the dirt on deck seem quite tolerable. With tounge in cheek I like Sailaways reply. I have refused entry of casual acquaintenances that are only there to snoop about and normally let me know what they would do differently if only their boat hadn't been destroyed by hurricane "fill in the blank" and if they had only purchased the required insurance from, "again fill in the blank". Entertaining is not high on my list when cruising, and if anyone is really my friend, they would never walk into my home or on my vessel after hiking through the pasture with whatever is on their shoes.
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Get a sticker like this one bellow and put it where people enter thwe boat...

Its ugly but you can allways point it to people
make up an excuse like it came with deck paint, or its a local law..or something....


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This is one of my favorite signs. It makes the touchy subject a little lighter. When they see this sign and your shoes by the dock, they will get the idea. I like the extra crocs idea too.

http://hawaiiandays.com/SWS/surf_sign_031.htm

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Duh!

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Or, warn them outright, just tell them there's a problem with the parking lot to please carry their boat shoes and change at the dock.

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What a waste of a thread, a little common sense goes a long way. Do you need help tying those shoes to? Sorry I haven't had my coffee this morning.
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Giu, that sticker sign seems to convey the message "lady on top man below".
The right sign should have the red sash mark across both shoes like a no smoking sign where the red sash cuts across a lighted cigarette.
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trantor12020,
It all depends on your country of origin. In America you are right on the mark. In Switzerland our practice of the slash line through the the shoes or cigarette would mean to destroy them. There it is only a circle with no slash whatsoever. Go figure?
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