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How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats

Life gets messy and sometimes the floor mats in your car can take a beating as you drive around town in Sarasota. The floor mats in your car can get dirty and filled with dirt, mud, snow, and anything else that might get thrown at them. If you’re wondering how to clean your car’s carpet or rubber floor mats, follow this guide from our service experts at Cox Mazda!

What Supplies are Needed?

Before you start tackling cleaning your floor mats, you’ll want to make sure you have all the proper supplies: For rubber floor mats we recommend you have a rubber floor mat cleaner, a stiff bristle brush, a bucket of water, microfiber towels, and a vacuum. Even better if you can hang your floor mats to air-dry. For carpet floor mats you’ll need similar supplies, except we recommend you have a carpet floor mat cleaner, a regular brush, and a wet vac or somewhere to hang your mats to air-dry. Keep in mind carpet floor mats may take longer to dry than rubber ones.

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

If you’re wondering how to clean your rubber floor mats, you’ve come to the right place! Rubber floor mats are popular with off-road enthusiasts and drivers who live somewhere with heavy rain and snow. By maintaining your rubber floor mats, you can ensure they perform as intended for your Tampa commute. Follow these steps below to clean your rubber mats:

  1. Begin removing the mats from your vehicle to not damage your interior with water.
  2. Shake the floor mats to loosen any debris and then vacuum.
  3. After cleaning debris, begin rinsing the mats with clean water.
  4. Apply the rubber floor mat cleaner and scrub with the stiff bristle brush.
  5. Rinse the mats again with clean water.
  6. Dry with a microfiber towel or hang them up somewhere to air-dry. Please note mats have to be completely dry before putting them back in your vehicle.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

Carpet floor mats are typically provided from the factory in most vehicles and are more common in luxury vehicles. Cleaning carpet floor mats are different than cleaning rubber ones but it is still just as simple. Follow these steps to clean your carpet floor mats:

  1. Begin removing the carpet mats from your vehicle.
  2. Vacuum the floor mats first to remove any debris.
  3. Shake and hit the mats against any hard surface to loosen dust and smaller debris particles.
  4. Apply a carpet floor mat cleaner and follow the application directions as this may vary.
  5. Scrub your mats with the brush on any problem areas.
  6. Rinse with clean water.
  7. This step is optional, but if you have a wet vac, try using it on your mats to help remove more debris and further aid in drying.
  8. Hang your mats to air-dry, Make sure they are completely dry before placing them back in your vehicle.

Stop In Cox Mazda Today For Help With Cleaning Your Floor Mats!

Now that you know how to clean your car’s floor mats, you can keep them in tip-top shape. If you don’t have time to clean your floor mats at home in Palmetto, visit Cox Mazda today in Bradenton and our team can help assist you! Check out our other service tips and tricks and as always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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