How To Clean Car Floor Mats

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It’s unlikely that there’s a surface in your car that comes into contact with more germs or takes a greater beating than your floor mats. After all, their purpose is to protect your vehicle’s cabin from mud, dirt, snow, and spills. It makes sense that you’d want to clean them from time to time, which is why Brady Kilmury CDJR in Bessemer has put this helpful guide together on how to clean car floor mats for our Birmingham neighbors. And of course, if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, just reach out to our service department near Hoover!


Before you learn how to clean car floor mats, you need to get the right tools together. Your first step will be to gather your supplies, which can differ depending upon whether you’re wondering how to clean rubber floor mats or carpeting: 

  • Rubber Floor Mats: Rubber floor mat cleaner, vacuum, bristle brush, microfiber towel, hose or bucket of water, and a place to hand your mats to dry. 
  • Carpet Floor Mats: Vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, hose or bucket of water, brush, wet vac if available, and a place to hang your mats

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

Learning how to clean rubber floor mats is a breeze when you follow the simple steps below:

  • Step 1: Remove the mats from your floor in order to avoid damaging your car interior with water.
  • Step 2: Shake all the crumbs, trash, and other debris out of your mats. 
  • Step 3: Hose the mats down with clean water. 
  • Step 4: Wash them down with a cleaner specifically designed for rubber surfaces and gently scrub them with your stiff bristle brush to remove especially stubborn grime.
  • Step 5: Rinse the mats again. 
  • Step 6: Either hand them up to dry or wipe them down with a microfiber towel. 
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How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

  • Step 1: Again, remove the mats from your floors so that you don’t damage your cabin while washing them. 
  • Step 2: Vacuum the mats, or shake and whack them to knock out dust and debris. 
  • Step 3: Use a cleaner designed for carpet floor mats. Make sure you follow the application directions on your particular cleaner, as they can vary. 
  • Step 4: Once you’ve applied the cleaner, scrub the mats down. 
  • Step 5: If you have a wet vac, try vacuuming your floor mats again to dry them out. This will help remove any additional dirt.
  • Step 6: If you don’t have a wet vac, simply hang up your mats to dry them.

Need Help Cleaning Your Floor Mats? 

If you’re still unsure of how to clean your car floor mats, you can always reach out to Brady Kilmury CDJR in Bessemer for help. We’ll ensure they get cleaned well and with the right materials. Be sure to check out our service specials while you’re here to see if you can save on service near Tuscaloosa.

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