It’s no secret that your floor mats can take quite the beating during your South Brunswick commutes. They work at protecting your vehicle from dirt, mud, snow, and spills, so it’s not surprising that a good cleaning now and then is required. Learn how to get your car floor mats in this handy guide from the service experts at Land Rover Princeton!

What Supplies Do I Need?

Before getting started, make sure you have the right supplies on hand:

  • 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 Rubber Floor Mats

Rubber floor mats are excellent for off-road enthusiasts and drivers who live where it gets lots of rain and snow. Keep your mats effective at keeping your interior clean by washing your rubber mats regularly by following these steps:

  1. Start by removing them from your vehicle to avoid damaging the interior 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.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

If you’ve purchased a luxury vehicle to enhance your Mount Laurel drives or you’re using the factory-provided floor mats, they’re probably carpet instead of rubber. Below are the steps to cleaning your car’s 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 remove the dust and smaller dirt particles.
  4. Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats and apply it to your floor mats.
  5. Follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary.
  6. Scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground-in debris.
  7. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. If you have access to a wet vac, try vacuuming your floor mats again. This helps remove any additional dirt, as well as cut the drying time of your mats.
  9. Hang your mats to dry. Be sure they’re completely dry before placing them back in your vehicle.

Need Additional Help Cleaning Your Floor Mats?

Now that you know how to clean your car floor mats at home in Hopewell, our team is standing by to answer any questions that you may have. Visit our Princeton service center for all of your automotive servicing needs. Want more information or need to schedule a service appointment? Give us a call! Need to clean your leather car seats, too?

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