Cleaning car mats is never a pleasant task, but it’s something that should be done regularly to keep your car clean and welcoming for you and your passengers. How do you clean car mats without leaving marks? How do you remove bad smells? Here are a few tips to help you be fast and efficient.
The most suitable techniques for cleaning car mats
- Salt and snow stains on car mats
In the winter, with the snow and salt, white marks often appear and get embedded in car mats. To remove these stains, you can scrub them with a hard, flexible brush soaked in hot water and distilled vinegar (about ¼ L of vinegar for 1 L of water).
- Getting rid of bad smells on car mats
To get rid of bad smells on your car mats quickly and efficiently, one technique involves sprinkling baking soda on the mats and letting the product act overnight before vacuuming to remove it.
Cleaning car mats: the steps
- Step 1: Begin by removing your mats from the car if they’re removable, whether they’re rubber or fabric, to make the cleaning task easier. In addition, taking them out of the car lets you prevent the water or the oily or foamy products used to clean them from damaging other, non-waterproof materials found inside the car. Getting this type of substance on your pedals could also, for example, cause an accident if your foot slips while driving.
- Step 2: Vacuum all your car mats on both sides in your yard or in the parking lot of a gas station. You should use a vacuum cleaner powerful enough to remove dust as well as residue, rocks, mud, etc. If your car mats are wet and you’re having a hard time vacuuming them, you can sprinkle some baking soda on them before vacuuming, so that the powder absorbs the moisture in around twenty minutes.
- Step 3: Shake the car mats firmly and vigorously to remove the embedded dirt and the finest dust that has resisted the vacuuming. After that, beat them against a hard surface once or twice on each side of the mat, then use a scraper to remove the last of the materials stuck to them.
- Step 4: Without unnecessarily wetting your car mats, spray some water on them with a hose to dislodge the embedded grime. Then, apply a mixture consisting of liquid soap, baking soda, and water, and delicately scrub any stains that may be present. In addition to cleaning, the baking soda helps eliminate odours. Finally, you can rinse the rest of the mixture carefully.
- Step 5: Dry your car mats in the sun and open air so that you can put them back without getting the inside of your car wet. If you absolutely must put them back and don’t have time to wait, turn on the heater or the air conditioning and direct it toward your feet to dry them faster. You can also put your mats in the dryer for a few minutes on your machine’s gentlest cycle.
To clean your car mats, you can also use a pressure washer or a steam cleaner, if you have one, or even rent one from a professional cleaning company to clean all the cars in your home.