How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats


Car floor mats are the first line of defense for your vehicle’s cabin on your daily commute in Gastonia. They protect your vehicle from dirt, mud, snow, and beverage spills on a regular basis, so it is no surprise that they require a good cleaning every so often. Learn how to clean your car floor mats with Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet so you can drive happily and comfortably on your daily commute. Read below to see how to clean your car floor mats, or browse our other car tips like how to tune up your vehicle for spring!

Supplies You’ll Need

Before you can clean your car floor mats you’ll need to collect some cleansing supplies from your home or a local Concord store: 

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

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

If you’re driving a luxury vehicle in Rock Hill, SC or are using the factory-provided floor mats, they’re probably carpet instead of rubber. The steps for how to clean car floor mats made of carpet are different from rubber. Read below to see how to clean your carpet floor mats:

  1. Remove the floor mats from your vehicle. 
  2. Vacuum the floor mats to remove dirt.
  3. Shake and whack the floor mats against a hard surface to rid them of dust and smaller dirt particles. 
  4. Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats and apply it to your floor mats. Make sure you follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary. 
  5. Scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground-in debris. 
  6. Rinse thoroughly.
  7. If you have access to a wet vac, try vacuuming your floor mats again. This will help remove any additional dirt, as well as cut the drying time of your mats. 
  8. Hang your mats to dry. Make sure they are completely dry before placing them back in your vehicle. 

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

Rubber floor mats are a great option for off-road enthusiasts and drivers who live in an area that gets a lot of rain and snow. Ensure your rubber floor mats remain effective at keeping your interior clean by washing them regularly using these steps:

  1. When you learn how to clean rubber floor mats, start by removing them from your vehicle to avoid damaging the interior of your vehicle with water.
  2. Shake out the mats and vacuum up any leftover debris.
  3. Rinse the mats with clean water. 
  4. Apply a cleanser designed for rubber mats and gently scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris.
  5. Rinse the mats clean.
  6. Hang up to dry or dry with a microfiber towel. Make sure mats are completely dry before replacing them. 

Keep your Vehicle Running like New With Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet

Now that you know how to clean your car floor mats at home, you want to make sure your vehicle runs smoothly for many miles to come in Rock Hill, SC. Bring your vehicle to our Charlotte service center to have it inspected, maintained, and repaired by our certified service technicians. You can easily schedule an appointment online or browse our service specials for savings on your visit. Come by today to keep your car running and looking like new for your daily drives!

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