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How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Car floor mats can take quite a beating. They work to keep your vehicle protected from mud, snow, dirt, and spills on a daily basis. So, it’s no surprise that they need a good cleaning once in a while. Learn the steps to cleaning your floor mats so they are ready to defend your vehicle another day.

Supplies

Make sure you have the proper supplies before getting started:

  • Rubber Floor Mats: Vacuum, rubber floor mat cleanser, stiff bristle brush, hose or bucket of water, microfiber towel or a place to hang your mats
  • Carpet Floor Mats: Vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, brush, hose or bucket of water, wet vac if available, or a place to hang your mats

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  • Start by removing the rubber floor mats from your vehicle to avoid damaging the interior of your vehicle with water.
  • Shake out the mats.
  • Rinse the mats with clean water.
  • Apply a cleanser designed for rubber mats and gently scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris.
  • Rinse the mats clean.
  • Hang up to dry or dry with a microfiber towel. Make sure mats are completely dry before replacing.
Floor mats with foam soap hanging

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  • Remove the floor mats from your vehicle.
  • Vacuum the floor mats to remove dirt.
  • Shake and whack the floor mats against a hard surface to remove the dust and smaller dirt particles.
  • Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats and apply it to them. Follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary.
  • Scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground in debris.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • If you have access to a wet vac, try vacuuming your floor mats again. This helps to remove any extra dirt, as well as cut the drying time of your mats.
  • Hang your mats to dry. They need to be completely dry before placing back in your vehicle.
Man vaccuming floor mats

Need Help Cleaning Your Floor Mats?

Those are the simple steps to cleaning your car floor mats. Make sure you have the correct materials to clean them properly, and they’ll look good as new in no time. Visit the Tom Gill Chevrolet service center, and we’ll make sure that you do. Contact us today for additional information on topics like car detailing, or with any other questions.

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