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How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

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Posted by: Emily Rice
Posted on: 30/03/2022

We’ve all wondered how to clean carpet floor mats, but how many of us have really put thought into it – or even done it! With the arrival of the better weather, many of us will be thinking about a well overdue spring clean, but don’t think that spring clean is only confined to the house, garage or shed!

When was the last time your car – or more specifically, your car mats had a good clean? And no, we’re not talking about a quick once over with the petrol station vacuum cleaner! We are talking about a good, thoroughly clean to remove all that built-up dirt and grime.

Cleaning Carpet Floor Mats

A lot of people might not know where to start when it comes to washing carpet car mats, and may struggle to know which products are safe to use on their mats without compromising the durability of the carpet fibres. That’s why Car Mats UK have put together this comprehensive guide showing you how to wash your carpet mats, which products are best, and how to get them looking like new again!

Getting Started

Step One: Remove any surface debris

The first step to cleaning your carpet car mats is to remove any surface debris. Custom Carpet Floor Mat for Camper VansGet your mats out of the car and give them a good shake, and a whack to loosen the dirt.

Once you have shaken off all the loose dirt, lay your mats on the floor and get your trusty vacuum cleaner. Give each mat a thorough vacuum to get all of those pet hairs, gravel, mud and debris off.

For any stubborn dirt which is really embedded into the fibres, you can use a stiff brush like this one from Chemical Guys to work all of that grit out before sucking it up in your vacuum.

Step Two: Washing Your Car Mats

Now that your mats are thoroughly vacuumed and all the surface dirt has been removed, its time to move onto washing your mats. There are a number of brilliant cleaners on the market that have been designed especially for use on car mats and car interiors. Some great ones worth mentioning are Meguiar’s Heavy Duty Carpet & Interior Cleaner and Turtle Wax Power Out Carpet and Mat Cleaner but you don’t need to go out and buy a carpet cleaner if you don’t want to, you can wash your mats with stuff you probably already have lying around the house!

Mix 2 tablespoons of washing powder with some shampoo and water, and use a brush to work the solution into the carpet fibres. Rinse with clean water and repeat the process if necessary. For any really stubborn stains, you can mix some baking soda with a little bit of water to form a paste. Work the paste into the carpet using a brush, leave to sit for a minute, and then brush off with clean water. Baking soda is also an odour neutraliser so it’s great for cleaning up any food or drink spills and stains!

I know it’s tempting, but don’t put your mats in the washing machine! It might save you a lot of work, but it will damage the rubber backing on the carpet, so avoid at all costs!

Step Three: Drying Your Carpet Car Mats

Once your mats are nice and clean, leave them to air dry. You can peg them on theCar Mat Contrast Trim in Yellow washing line, or leave them in a sunny spot to speed up the drying time, just don’t put them in the tumble dryer!

…and there you have it!

Your car floor mats will be squeaky clean and looking brand new again! Now I know what you’re thinking; “this is a lot of effort to go to just to clean some floor mats, why should I bother?” Well, have you ever heard that saying – ‘You need to clean the things that keep things clean!’ At the end of the day, your car floor mats are what protect your car interior; if you don’t look after them and keep them clean, then they won’t be able to keep your car interior clean and protected!

Not to mention that the build-up of water, dirt, twigs and leaves will eventually lead to mould and rot in your vehicle’s interior – yuck! Now you know how to clean carpet floor mats, there’s no stopping you – let us know how you get on!

Why buy from us?

Car Mats UK has a dedicated team based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where all our products are designed and made by our experienced staff.  We hold the Made In Britain collective mark and are proud to do so. We pride ourselves on our customer service and you can see some of our happy customer’s thoughts on Trust Pilot.

In conclusion we offer the best tailored car mats on the market. In addition we offer an excellent fitting product made from quality material while maintaining value for money! If you would like a fully tailored boot liner creating for your car – and your pet, which is not listed, feel free to get in touch!

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