How to Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats

Car floor mats have a tough job protecting your car’s cabin from dirt, mud, snow, and spills—so it’s no surprise that they need a deep-clean every now and then! Find out how to clean your car floor mats in this guide from the Metro Toyota service center, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions about caring for your car at home in Cleveland.

Car Floor Mat Cleaning Supplies

Before you learn how to clean rubber floor mats or carpet floor mats, you’ll want to make sure that you have the proper cleaning supplies on hand:

  • If you’re learning how to clean rubber floor mats, make sure you have a handheld vacuum cleaner, rubber floor mat cleanser, stiff bristle brush, and a hose or bucket of water. For drying, you’ll want to use a microfiber towel or find a place where your mats can hang-dry.
  • If you’re cleaning carpet floor mats, you will need a vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, a brush, and a hose or bucket of water. For drying, use a wet vac or find a place to hang-dry the mats.

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

Whether you’re a frequent off-roader around Parma or live in a wet climate, sturdy rubber car floor mats are a great choice if you need to protect your car interior from lots of rain and snow. Here’s how to clean rubber floor mats:

  1. Start by removing the floor mats from your vehicle to avoid damaging your vehicle’s interior with water.
  2. Shake the mats out, and then vacuum up any remaining debris.
  3. Rinse with clean water.
  4. Using a cleanser designed for cleaning rubber mats, gently scrub the mats with a stiff bristle brush.
  5. Rinse clean again.
  6. Finally, dry with a microfiber towel or air-dry.  To avoid mold, make sure the mats are completely dry before returning them to your vehicle.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

If your vehicle is equipped with carpet floor mats, the cleaning process is slightly different. For carpet, follow these steps for how to clean car floor mats:

  1. Remove the floor mats from your car.
  2. First, vacuum the floor mats to remove excess dirt.
  3. Whack the mats against a hard surface to shake out smaller dirt particles.
  4. Apply a cleaning solution designed for carpet floor mats, making sure to follow the application directions on the bottle.
  5. Use a bristle brush to scrub away stains and ground-in debris.
  6. Rinse the mats thoroughly.
  7. If you have access to a wet vac, use it to vacuum the mats while wet. This will help to reduce drying time and remove additional dirt.
  8. Finally, hang the mats out to dry. As with rubber mats, it’s important to wait until carpet car mats are completely dry before returning them to the vehicle.

Schedule Detailing Service for Your Toyota in Brook Park

Learning how to clear car mats will help you to keep your car cleaner between detailing services. Professional car detailing is a deep-clean service that restores your car’s interior to like-new condition. Most experts recommend that you schedule detailing service twice per year, especially if you want to maximize your current car’s trade-in value. Contact us to learn more about DIY car-care at home in Brunswick, and find out how to winterize your vehicle from the experts at Metro Toyota!

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