How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Putting back floor mats after a detailed vacuuming

Your car floor mats just might be some of the hardest-working components in your vehicle’s interior. Each day, they protect your investment from the dirt, mud, dust, and grime that collects naturally. If you’re maintaining an old vehicle or getting ready to trade up, knowing how to clean your floor mats is essential. Find out how to get started with the Butler Auto Group.



What Supplies Will I Need?

As with any project, it’s important to collect the necessary supplies before you get started. Of course, the tools you need will vary depending on the type of floor mats in your vehicle:

  • Rubber Floor Mats
    • Rubber floor mat cleanser
    • Stiff bristle brush
    • Hose or bucket of water
    • Microfiber towel
    • An open space to hang your mats
  • Carpet Floor Mats
    • Vacuum
    • Carpet floor mat cleaner
    • Brush
    • Hose or bucket of water
    • An open space to hang your mats, or a wet vac

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  1. Remove the rubber floor mats and set them aside for cleaning. Fill up a bucket with fresh water for rinsing, or have your hose on hand.
  2. Shake them out to remove heavy debris.
  3. Rinse each mat with clean water.
  4. Apply your rubber mat cleanser and scrub with your stiff-bristled brush. This should remove any remaining grime.
  5. Rinse the mats once more with your supply of clean water.
  6. Wipe each mat with a microfiber towel or hang them up to dry. Let each mat dry completely before you return them to your vehicle.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  1. Take each floor mat out of your vehicle and set it aside. Fill up your bucket with fresh water, or have the hose nearby.
  2. Vacuum each floor mat to remove heavy debris.
  3. Shake the mats and whack them against a hard surface. This will remove smaller dirt particles that tend to sink in deep.
  4. Take your carpet cleaner and apply it to each floor mat. Read the directions carefully if you want to avoid damage to your material.
  5. Scrub each of the mats with your brush, removing stuck on stains and debris as best you can.
  6. Rinse each mat thoroughly with the hose or your water bucket.
  7. If you have access to a wet vac, going over each soaked floor mat can help to save a lot of time. It will also help to remove debris that escaped your brush!
  8. No matter what, you’ll want to hang each mat up to dry before placing it back in your vehicle.

Cleaning Your Floor Mats? You Don’t Have to Go It Alone!

The service experts at your local Butler Auto Group location are experts in vehicle care and maintenance. Visit a parts department near you for supplies, and get a few expert tips while you’re here! If you have any questions about the process of cleaning car floor mats, you can always contact us online, by phone, or in person.

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