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Cleaning floor mats

Discussion in 'How to' started by Flexin, Nov 18, 2012.

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  1. bsge11

    bsge11 Active Member Founding Member

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    I really need to start cleaning my floor mats. All I do when I clean my car is vacuum them and that is it. I never bothered using soap cause I figured that would be more work.
     
  2. jayjacinto

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    I try to avoid washing mine as much as I can. This helps preserve the carpet's condition.
     
  3. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    We had cars with cheap mats come into our detail shop a lot. Some don't stay in place. The carpet is not as nice. They don't cover enough area on some cars, Some slide a lot which is a safety hazard. Some just plain look cheap. You can get some decent ones but they are not cheap.

    If the original ones are still in good shape its a waste not to do a little cleaning and or a little dye to bring them back. They will look better and cost less then replacements.

    James
     
  4. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    It is more work but not a lot. A good scrub brush and a cleaner and you can do then in a couple of minutes and then hose them down. Hang them to dry, then put them back in the car. If they are really dirty you might have to rinse and repeat a few times.

    James
     
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    That's neat. But add me to the list of those who would rather wash it myself with soap and water, than pay that much money.
     
  6. tommymac

    tommymac Active Member Founding Member

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    I just buy new every year
     
  7. Pzula

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    Very detailed guide. I've always wondered how people manage to keep their floor mats in top quality. Thanks!
     
  8. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Do you buy OEM replacements or cheaper mats? Is it because you want them to look perfect or just don't like to clean them?

    James
     
  9. rashidckk

    rashidckk Member Founding Member

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    I don't spend anything on mat cleaning. I do it manually, that is just to take mats out, wash it with detergent and small brush. As my car is an old one I never mind how mats inside car look.
     
  10. Motorhead4000

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    I think it's the best idea to just hand wash them yourself. I can't see how they would get that dirty unless you have had them for years. So long that they are not completely worn, I don't think it tends to matter too much really.
     
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    bigal3 Active Member Founding Member

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    That's fine if you can use it for more than car floor mats. From my point of view spending $600 on a machine to clean the carpet in my car when all I have do is use a little elbow grease, soap and water and accomplish the same thing and sometime better than a machine. :)
     
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    Sadly where I'm from we get tons of snow. Nearly impossible to keep the mats clean not only because of all the snow and slush but the salt always finds it's way into as well. I usually replace my nice mats with huge rubber ones for the winter, but again this is for most of the year.
     
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    I think that is the most informative article I have ever read on cleaning my carpets. But I doubt if I can affordable such amount its a second hand car here on my state. But anyways I stick to my soapy water and a my old brush its much cheaper and more comfortable as per my concern.
     
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    Flexin; those pics you posted look an awful lot like the front of my house :)~
     
  15. justusforus

    justusforus Member Founding Member

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    I think they look great. Not only for the carpet mats, but the actually carpeting in the cars would benefit from this. I too will not replace stock carpet or carpet mats, but I may through rubber mats over to protect things.

    Since everyone seemed to jump on the price, couldn't you use carpet shampoo or soapy water and a brush and just use a "wet vac" to take up excess water? Most people own a wet/dry shop vac.
     
  16. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    You can on the mats but not the carpet (while in the car) or the seats. That is what makes the extractor nice. Plus the 180 degree water coming out of it.

    They say some soaps will leave a residue that will cause dirt to stick which will make the dirty looking faster. Because if that. Some will spray on a cleaner, scrub and then extract with plan hot water to remove as much soap as possible.

    I found that scrubbing first, then using the extractor gave the best results. And if you can hang the mats, it's good to soak them, scrub them and then pound them with water to wash out as much lose dirt as possible.

    James
     
  17. rosa

    rosa Active Member Top Contributor

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    I like to have my original mats in the car so I take good care of them. The step by step direction is good and it helps to save money. I think a little soap and water is much cheaper than replacing a genuine mat so I'll do anything to save me some money.
     
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