How to Clean Cloth Car Mats
Learn how to clean your car's cloth mats to see a big difference in your interior. Your mats will look like you just drove your car off the lot.
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Cleaning cloth car mats isn't too different from cleaning the carpet in your house. Vacuuming and then scrubbing with a carpet cleaner will make a noticeable difference in the mat's appearance, plus your mats will hold up longer underneath your feet.
- Soft-bristle brush
- Carpet cleaner
Note: A foaming carpet cleaner that can sit for a few minutes on the cloth mat to break up stains before you start scrubbing, and then dries quickly, is an ideal choice.
Project step-by-step (4)
Remove the Mats
- Remove the mats from the car and lay them on a flat surface.
Vacuum the Mats
- Vacuum the mats to remove all loose dirt, dust and hard particles, so the cleaner can do its job.
- Vacuum the car floor underneath the mats, too.
Scrub the Mats
- Spray the carpet cleaner onto the mats, coating them evenly without over-applying.
- You don't want to soak the cloth!
- Using the brush, scrub the cleaner into the cloth until all the cleaner is rubbed away.
- Allow mats to dry.
- For tougher stains, spray additional carpet cleaner onto the stain and let the cleaner sit for several minutes, and then scrub again.
- Repeat as necessary.
- Vacuum the mats again to remove any traces of carpet cleaner or dirt.
- Reinstall the mats in the car.