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How to Clean Car Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Mats & Rubber Floor Mats Tips

Whether you drive a MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-Door or a MINI Cooper Countryman, you know that car floor mats take a beating. Car floor mats, after all, protect your vehicle from dirt, mud, and spills on a not infrequent basis. So, before you pick up your friends to head to your next restaurant outing, you’ll want to make sure your car’s squeaky clean. Learn the steps on how to clean your floor mats quickly and efficiently here at MINI of Santa Monica.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Floor Mats

You want to make sure you have the proper supplies before you start cleaning your car floor mats.

  • Rubber Floor Mats: Vacuum, rubber floor mat cleanser, 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

If you can’t find a heavy-duty vacuum at home, a gas station in Culver City should have one for you.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  • Remove the carpet floor mats from your vehicle.
  • Vacuum the floor mats to remove to remove dirt.
  • Shake and smack the floor mats against a hard surface to rid them of dust and smaller dirt particles.
  • Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats and apply it to your floor mats. You can find this cleaner at any Mar Vista department store or auto supply shop. Make sure you follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary.
  • Scrub the mats for remove any stains and ground in debris.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • If you’ve got a wet vac handy, go ahead and try vacuuming your floor mats again. Doing so will help remove any additional dirt. It will also cut the drying time of your mats.
  • Hang your mats to dry in the Santa Monica sun. Make sure they are completely dry before placing back in your Clubman or Convertible.

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  • Remove the rubber floor mats from your vehicle.
  • Shake out the mats vigilantly.
  • Rinse the mats with clean water.
  • Apply a cleanser designed for rubber mats. Then, gently scrub with the stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris.
  • Rinse the mats clean.
  • Hang up to dry or dry with a microfiber towel. Make sure mats are completely dry before replacing.

Need Help Cleaning Your Floor Mats?

Now that you know how to clean your car floor mats, you want to make sure you have the materials to do it properly. Visit the MINI of Santa Monica service center and we will ensure you do. Stop on by to our LEED-certified dealership or contact us to find out more.

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