How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Removing floor mats

Whether you drive a Honda car, SUV, or truck, you depend on your car floor mats to protect the interior of the vehicle from dirt, mud, slush, and spills. Needless to say, they take a lot of punishment, so it’s important to regularly give them a thorough cleaning to ensure that they provide the protection you need when you’re out and about in the New London area. This guide from the auto service experts at Westbrook Honda will show you how to clean car floor mats the right way and keep the inside of your Honda always looking its best.

Gather Up the Proper Cleaning Supplies and Products

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you have the following cleaning supplies and products on hand:

  • Rubber Floor Mats: Vacuum, rubber floor mat cleanser, stiff bristle brush, hose or bucket of water, microfiber towel
  • Carpet Floor Mats: Vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, brush, hose or bucket of water, wet vac if available

You will be able to find rubber and carpet floor mat cleaners at most Branford-area hardware or auto parts stores. Of course, you can always stop by the Westbrook Honda parts center to find the right car floor mat cleaning product for your Honda model.

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

  1. Remove the floor mats from the car to avoid water damage to your vehicle’s interior.
  2. Shake out the mats to dislodge dirt, dust, and debris.
  3. Rinse the mats with clean water.
  4. Apply a cleanser designed for rubber mats, and gently scrub with a stiff bristle brush to remove additional grime and debris.
  5. Rinse the mats clean.
  6. Hang them up to dry or use a microfiber towel. Make sure mats are completely dry before returning them to your vehicle.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  1. Remove the floor mats from your vehicle.
  2. Shake and whack the floor mats against a hard surface to knock loose dust and dirt particles.
  3. Vacuum the mats.
  4. Apply a carpet floor mat cleaner. Make sure to follow the directions included with your particular cleaner, as they can vary.
  5. Scrub the mats to remove stains and ground-in debris.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.
  7. If you have access to a wet vac, you can use it at this point. It will help remove any additional dirt, as well as reduce the drying time.
  8. Hang the mats to dry. Make sure they are completely dry before placing them back in your vehicle.

You Can Count on the Car Care Professionals at Westbrook Honda

Our service team will be happy to provide advice on everything from how to remove stickers from your car to how often to change spark plugs to how to rid your car of smoke smell. If your Honda is due for its next oil change or other routine maintenance service, make sure to schedule an appointment with us online. We’re here to ensure that your vehicle is always running safely in top condition on the roads in and around Middletown, so come see us today!


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