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How to Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats

When you’re on the go with your daily commute or family weekends outside in Cincinnati, your car floor mats can really take a beating. They take all the damage from dirt, mud, snow, or even meals on the go on a regular basis, so it is good to stop and give them a good cleaning every once in a while. Get your car back in shape and learn how to clean car floor mats from the service experts at Beechmont Toyota.

Mat Cleaning Supplies

Before learning how to clean car floor mats, make sure the proper supplies are around before getting started:

  • Rubber Floor Mats: Vacuum, rubber floor mat cleanser, stiff bristle brush, hose or bucket of water, microfiber towel, and a place to hang floor mats
  • Carpet Floor Mats: Vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, brush, hose or bucket of water, wet vac if available, or a place to hang floor mats

Cleaning Rubber Floor Mats

Loveland drivers who love off-roading or like being out in the rain and snow will find rubber floor mats easier. Make sure they remain effective at protecting the vehicle’s floor by washing rubber mats regularly. Follow these steps for how to clean rubber floor mats:

  1. Start by removing the rubber mats from the vehicle to avoid damaging the interior of the vehicle with water.
  2. Shake out the dust and vacuum any remaining debris.
  3. Rinse the mats with clean water.
  4. Apply the rubber floor mat cleaner and gently scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris. Extra attention to the corners where grime collects.
  5. Rinse the mats clean.
  6. Dry the mats by hanging them or using a microfiber towel. Ensure the mats are totally dry before replacing.

Cleaning Carpet Floor Mats

Odds are if the floor mats came with the vehicle, they’re probably carpet instead of rubber. When it comes to how to clean carpet floor mats, there are a couple detailed steps involved. Here is how to clean carpet floor mats:

  1. Remove the floor mats from the vehicle.
  2. Vacuum the floor mats to remove as much noticeable dirt and debris as possible.
  3. Take the mats and whack them against a hard surface to rid them of ingrained dust and smaller dirt particles.
  4. Apply the mat cleaner designed for carpet mats. Take care to follow the individual cleaner directions as they can vary.
  5. Thoroughly scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground in debris.
  6. Rinse thoroughly and repeat scrubbing if necessary.
  7. If a wet vac is available, try vacuuming the floor mats again. This can help remove any additional set in dirt and cut drying time as well.
  8. Hang the mats to dry and ensure they are completely dry before replacing them in the vehicle.

Keep Your Car Clean with Beechmont Toyota!

Now that you’ve learned how to clean car floor mats, sometimes they can be a little past saving. Order floor mats for your Toyota model with our parts center. Customize your Toyota with genuine Toyota accessories like floor mats, apparel, travel mugs, and more! You can also learn about the differences between hands free and touchless car washes to see which method you prefer for your new Toyota. Contact us today, and always remember that Beechmont Toyota is here for all your car needs.

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