Although there is plenty of variety in the market, floor mats for cars, trucks, vans and SUVs typically fall into one of two styles: carpet or rubber. Follow the guide appropriate to your mats below.
Cleaning Rubber Floor Mats
- Remove them from your vehicle to avoid dirtying your interior.
- Shake Well! Loosen up the debris and dirt in an appropriate area (make sure your neighbor isn't upwind!)
- Break out the hose, if available. Hose down the mats to further remove unwanted particles. If a hose is unavailable, a bucket of water can do the trick.
- Mix a light amount of baking soda and laundry detergent into water. A 1/4 Cup of each per gallon of water is about right.
- Go ahead and soak the mats. Use a microfiber towel to scrub them down, since (dependent on the mats) a scrubbing sponge or anything rougher can leave marks and scratches.
- Drying time! Hang them in a clean area, free from dust and winds.
Cleaning Carpet Car Mats
- Remove them from your vehicle.
- Shake Well! Loosen up the dirt and debris.
- Vacuum, if available. This will remove the rest of the larger particles. If no vacuum is available, a gentle rubbing with cloth can help loosen up more junk.
- Stain Removal. Using your favorite chemical stain remover, blot any stains with a wet towel and the chemical. Follow instructions per chemical used. If no stains are present or no chemical cleaners are available move to the next step.
- Check with the manufacturer, or here on the carxs product page. If the mats are machine washable, use a cold wash and let air dry. If not, let's go to step 6.
- Apply dry baking soda and rub it into the carpet. Let sit for a bit if you seem to have an odor problems, this should help, unless it's some fast food trapped under your seat!
- Scrub the baking soda with water and a bristle brush or scrubbing sponge.
- To remove more stuck materials, like gum, use salt water.
- Ensure a proper air dry, then your mats are ready for their next trip!