How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats

When you get in and out of your car during your commutes in Middletown, your car floor mats can take a beating. They protect your car, but constant contact with dirt, mud, snow, and spills makes it no surprise that they need a good cleaning every once in a while. Learn how to clean your floor mats and keep them ready to protect your car by reading this guide from the service experts at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM!


How to Clean Car Floor Mats: Necessary Supplies

It’s important to make sure you have the necessary supplies before starting:

  • 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

If you’re an off-road enthusiast or spend a lot of time traveling in rain or snow, rubber floor mats are great for your lifestyle. Knowing how to clean rubber floor mats will keep your mats effective at keeping your interior clean. Here’s how to clean rubber floor mats:

  1. Start by removing them from your vehicle to avoid damaging the interior of your vehicle with water.
  2. Shake out the mats and vacuum up any leftover debris.
  3. Rinse the mats with clean water.
  4. Apply a cleanser designed for rubber mats and gently scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris.
  5. Rinse the mats clean.
  6. Hang up to dry, or dry with a microfiber towel. Make sure mats are completely dry before replacing.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

If you drive a luxury vehicle around New London or use the floor mats that came with your vehicle, they’re probably carpet instead of rubber. There are different steps for cleaning carpet floor mats from cleaning rubber floor mats. Here’s how to clean carpet floor mats:

  1. Remove the floor mats from your vehicle.
  2. Vacuum the floor mats to remove to remove dirt.
  3. Shake and whack the floor mats against a hard surface to rid them of dust and smaller dirt particles.
  4. Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats and apply it to your floor mats. Make sure you follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary.
  5. Scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground in debris.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.
  7. If you have access to a wet vac, try vacuuming your floor mats again. This will help remove any additional dirt, as well as cut the drying time of your mats.
  8. Hang your mats to dry. Make sure they are completely dry before placing back in your vehicle.

Can Someone Else Clean My Floor Mats?

Yes! We can. Now, you know how to clean your car floor mats at home in Madison, but that doesn’t mean you want to or are ready to do so. You have to make sure you have the materials to do it properly. Visit Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today and we can ensure you do. Or, you can have our certified service experts wash and detail your vehicle instead! Simply schedule an appointment with us online. Don’t forget to check our rotating service specials either! Still have questions about cleaning floor mats or removing stickers from a car? Contact us online or call us at (860) 544-5421 to start a conversation!

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