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How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

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From rainy day commutes in Stanley to weekend adventures in Watford City, your floor mats go through a lot of wear and tear in a typical week – so when was the last time you cleaned them? If your cabin could use some attention, it’s a great time to learn how to clean rubber floor mats. While you can easily schedule a service for detailing at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge, many drivers prefer to take care of basic cleaning at home. All you need are a few simple tools and the right technique to get your floor mats sparkling clean once again.

Tools of the Trade

Before you get to work, it’s a good idea to take a look at your floor mats. Most new vehicles are equipped with rubber or carpet mats, which require a slightly different set of tools:

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

Not sure if you have the supplies you need? Visit our parts department and we’ll help you locate just the right tools for your particular vehicle.

Cleaning Rubber Floor Mats

Because rubber floor mats were designed with durability in mind, learning how to clean rubber floor mats is easy. Just follow these steps:

  • Remove mats from your vehicle.
  • Shake the mats out to remove large debris.
  • Rinse mats with water.
  • Use a stiff bristle brush and cleanser to gently scrub away any dirt.
  • Rinse mats clean.
  • Hang dry or hand dry with a microfiber towel.
  • Replace mats when fully dry.

Cleaning Carpet Floor Mats

Cleaning carpet floor mats is also simple to do, but you’ll need to use a slightly different cleaning product and slightly different strategies to really get into the fibers of the mat. Here is the step-by-step process:

  • Remove mats from your vehicle.
  • Vacuum the mats to remove dirt.
  • Shake mats and hit them against a hard surface to loosen embedded debris.
  • Apply your cleaning product and follow the instructions to scrub away grime.
  • Rinse the mats thoroughly.
  • Optional: Use a wet vac to give your mats another vacuuming. This can give a deeper clean.
  • Hang mats to dry.
  • Replace mats when fully dry.

Get Your Supplies at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Whether you need cleaning products or a new set of mats entirely, Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge can get you all set up for DIY car care in Dickinson. Contact us for more advice about how to clean rubber floor mats or stop by the dealership in Williston to see what’s in store!

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