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Drivers typically choose to swap out their carpeted floor mats with rubber ones because they know they’re going to get exceptionally dirty, so they want even more floor protection. For instance, rubber mats can be a smart, year-round addition to your car or truck if you work or play in dirty, muddy or wet environments. Or, if you get a lot of snow in the wintertime, rubber mats can keep messy and corrosive salts out of your carpeted car floor. But, once they’ve done their job for a while and withstood all this use and abuse, how do you get them clean? What can you do to make your floor mats look as good as new?
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with some simple tips to make cleaning your rubber mats a breeze, no matter how filthy they are. And, in case they’re starting to fade, we’ll share a handy suggestion to bring back their original color!
Just like they withstand heavy salts and soils, rubber floor mats also stand up to heavy duty cleaning solutions, so go ahead and pull out the heavy hitters to make your job easier. They are rubber after all, so you can safely use a tire and wheel cleaner or a highly concentrated car wash soap. We recommend All Wheel & Tire Cleaner or M.A.X. Power Car Wash. The high alkalinity in cleaners like these, paired with a good wheel brush, will make short work of oils, greasy stains, salt buildup, mud and more.
While a rubber mat is tough enough to stand up to the rigors of extreme use, the material can fade over time or even dry and crack from UV exposure. That’s why we recommend a very light application of protectant at least every time you deep clean your mats. An interior detailer spray, like Dash & Glass, works great for this purpose.
Pro Tip: After applying protectant, always check the safety of your floor mats. Simply return each mat to the floorboard, sit in the car and place your feet on the mat. Try to slide your feet back and forth. If your shoes slide over the rubber, wipe the mats again with a microfiber towel to remove any residual slickness. Your mats are safe when you feel your shoes gripping, not sliding, on the rubber.
Certain companies make all-weather floor mats from materials other than rubber. Typically, they are harder, less flexible and require a different care process. Some are even cut to fit each car model. To clean these harder mats, just follow a few simple instructions:
These harder mats don’t typically require any restoration. Once they’re clean and dry, they’re all set to go back into the car!
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