Car mats are designed and fashioned not just for the stylish look but for providing an additional layer of protection for the interior carpet. Note that not all car floor mats are the same. There are different car floor mats, for example, fabric, rubber, all-weather, leather, etc. They have a different style and fit, so you can choose what fits. Some car floor mat companies also allow you to buy custom fit car floor mats if you don’t like the default sizes or fits. But that story is for another time.
Cleaning your cheap all weather car floor mats is easier than it seems. You just need to know the difference between the material and which chemical suits them. Using wrong chemicals can ruin your vehicle’s floor mat, so be wary. There are a few steps to follow on the clearing procedure if you want your floor fats to be squeaky clean. Let’s take a look at these steps:
1. Remove from Your Vehicle
Don’t ever clean and wash your floor mats inside the car. That’s a bad idea! It might put your car components in a compromised position. The best thing to do is to remove all the mats from your vehicle and clean them somewhere safe.
2. Remove The Dirt and Sand
There are a few ways to do this, but it is better you do all of them one by one to ensure there is no dirt trapped. You can just shake the mats off with a firm hand or dust using a brush. Then vacuum clean them.
3. Place The Mat On a Flat Surface
When you are sure that all the loose dirt and debris are off the mats, place them on a clean, flat surface. Pre-rinse them with fresh water. This will allow all the remaining debris that might be caked on. You can use a soft-bristled brush at this point to loosen up any sturdy debris or mud.
4. Pre-Rinse and Scrub
Now that you have had a pre-rinse, it’s time to wash the mats using soap or cleaning solutions thoroughly. You can find cleaning solutions in markets. You can also use a wash mitten for a good scrubbing. The microfiber material is right for penetrating all the crannies in the mats. Just take care of not rubbing the mat vigorously as this can aggravate the mat. A few gentle, circular motioned scrub can work wonders.
5. Rinse and Dry
As the final procedure, rinse the floor mats thoroughly. Be mindful not to leave any soap residue or lather in your mat. Wash with plenty of water on both sides. It’s better to wash a mat twice and not more than that. Now, if you have an air compressor, blow them off and try to make the mats as dry as possible. This would help reduce any water spots or marks from forming. Even if you don’t have one, just letting it air dry can do the trick.
After the floor mats have completely dried off, place them on the floor, and your floor mats would be good as new. See? Not too difficult! Hope the steps helped you understand better.