Floor mats are likely to be the part of your car that takes the most wear and tear from daily use. From dirt and debris from the bottom of your shoes to spills and stains, it’s hard to keep cloth or rubber floor mats looking like new. We have a few tips and tricks from the pros for how to remove those pesky stains. We break it all down below.
How To Remove Stains from Cloth and Rubber Floor Mats
Cloth Floor Mats
Removing stains from cloth floor mats may be a little trickier than removing them from their rubber counterparts, but with a few tips and tricks it’s possible to keep them looking like new. First, remove all of the floor mats from inside your vehicle and remove any surface dirt by giving each mat a thorough vacuum. Once the first layer of dirt is removed, add a thin layer of baking soda to the mat’s surface and scrub it in circular motions with a hard-bristled brush. Let the baking soda sit for at least 30 minutes and vacuum again. Next, apply soapy water or a vehicle upholstery cleaning product to your floor mats and scrub again. Using a hose or a pressure washer, rinse the wet cleaning solution out of the floor mats and let dry.
Rubber Floor Mats
Like with cloth floor mats, you will want to begin by removing all of the mats from your vehicle. Depending on the spill or stain, you may be able to simply scrub each mat with a soap and water mixture before spraying clean and letting dry. For tougher stains, try scrubbing the mats with a paste of baking soda and water or vinegar diluted in water to get out any discoloration.
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