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How to Clean Car Floor Mats

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If you’ve ever needed to bring your vehicle in to get detailed, you know just how clean the interior can be. While careful attention is paid to the windows, surfaces, and more, there’s also a deep clean of the carpets and floor mats. Sometimes, all a vehicle needs to look clean is a wipedown and special cleaning of the floor mats. And luckily, this can be done at home! Learn more about how to clean car floor mats with the Mazda of Jackson service team today!

 

What You’ll Need

Before you attempt to clean your own floor mats at home, make sure you have the right cleaning materials on hand. These differ depending on the type of floor mats you have:

To Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  • Use a wet/dry vacuum
  • Apply a rubber floor mat cleanser or all-purpose cleaner with a spray bottle and scrub brush
  • Use a hose or bucket of water with a terry cloth or cotton towels to wipe away soap and debris

To Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  • Use a wet/dry vacuum
  • Apply carpet floor mat cleaner with a spray bottle
  • Apply a stain remover with a scrub brush if needed
  • Use a hose or bucket of water on a terry cloth or cotton towels to wipe away soap and debris

How to Clean Carpeted Floor Mats

Some professional car detailers use hot water extractors or steam cleaners to shampoo carpet floor mats. If you have access to a portable carpet stain remover/extractor or steam cleaner, you can use this to deep clean your floor mats. Using a steam cleaner can help with disinfecting the interior, but if you don’t have access to one of these, you can get by with common cleaning supplies and techniques, including the following:

  • Vacuum your floor mats and shake them out to remove embedded dirt.
  • Spray down your mats with water. You don’t need to saturate them, but if you have access to a warm, dry space and time to let them fully dry out without getting moldy, you can get them fairly wet, as water will help encapsulate dirt.
  • Scrub your mats to agitate. Then, spray them all over with floor-mat cleaner or all-purpose cleaner. Agitate again and let sit if there are stubborn stains. 
  • Rinse your mats off. Squeeze out the water with your hand, a ruler, or a squeegee. 
  • Re-fluff the carpeting pile and inspect your mats. If there are stubborn stains, use a dedicated stain remover and blot with a towel, then spot rinse.
  • Remove excess water by towel drying. Then, leave your damp mats to dry in the sun or somewhere warm and dry. 

How to Clean All-Weather Rubber Floor Mats

The best part about all-weather floor mats, or rubber floor mats, is that they are easy to clean. Learn more about how to clean rubber floor mats with our service center near Ridgeland:

  • Vacuum your floor mats and shake them out.
  • Spray down your mats with water. Sometimes, for a quick cleaning of rubber mats, you can use a towel to dry-off after this step.
  • Scrub your mats with a stiff bristle brush to agitate. Then, spray them all over with floor-mat cleaner or all-purpose cleaner. Agitate again with the cleaner.
  • Rinse your mats off. 
  • Towel-dry your mats and put them back into your car.

Find More Car-Care Tips with Mazda of Jackson

If you’re in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team! Our technicians are here to help you learn the car-care tips and tricks you need to know to best care for your vehicle at home. Find out more about our service, service specials, and more today!

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