Cleaning your car mats, whether rubber or carpet, will not only make your vehicle look better, it’ll also extend the life of your mats.
Dirt, grime, spilled food, and debris can easily accumulate on your car’s floor, requiring you to apply more effort to get that new-car vibe back.
In this post, I’ll show you how to clean rubber and carpet floor mats and how to remove common stains from both car mats. If you have any questions, feel free to text our team at 281-761-6097.
Cleaning Lloyd rubber car floor mats
Vehicles with rubber floor mats are common in colder regions where it snows and rains frequently as they dry quickly and prevent moisture from damaging the interior parts of a car. However, they still collect dirt over time.
Here are the tools you’ll need for this task:
- Car cleaning shampoo (PH neutral)
- A bucket of water
- A microfiber wash mitt or towel
- A hose for rinsing off
While rubber mats air dry quickly, you can also use an old towel to wipe them or blow them using compressed air.
Follow these easy steps to clean your rubber car floor mats. The steps are similar to those of cleaning WeatherTech mats.
- Remove the mats from your car – Before you begin cleaning, remove the mats from your vehicle first. Do not wash them while they are still inside your vehicle.
- Remove dirt from the mats – There are different ways to do this. You can beat the debris with a stick, vacuum it off using a shop-vac or use your hands to shake it off.
- Place the mats on a solid surface – After you have removed all the loose dirt and debris, put the mats on a clean, solid surface like in your driveway. Cleaning car mats in grass can make them dirtier with mud or grass.
- Pre-rinse with water – Next, pre-rinse the mats with clean water to remove dirt that may be caked on, but loose enough for the water to remove.
- Clean with the wash mitt or towel and soap – Using lots of suds, clean your rubber mat using the wash mitt. The microfiber material is good for penetrating the small creases in the mats. Remember to clean the back once you’re done with the front.
- Rinse off the mats – Use the hose to rinse off both sides. Be sure to use a lot of water to prevent the soap from sticking on the mats.
- Let air dry – Shake your mats off and dry them with a towel. When you’re done, hang or set them in a clean area so that they air dry. You can also use an air compressor to blow them off.
- Put them back to your car – Once the mats are fully dry, return them to their location. Before replacing them, vacuum the floorboard first and wash the original flooring.
Cleaning Lloyd carpet car floor mats
Unlike rubber car mats, carpet mats require more effort to clean, especially if they have embedded dirt or stubborn stains. You can either vacuum the dirt from the mat or wash the stains to clean these mats.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A bucket of soapy water
- Carpet cleaning solution
- Vacuum cleaner
- Scrubbing brush
Here are the steps:
- Remove the mats from your vehicle – Like rubber mats, it’s a good idea to prevent the cleaning agents and water from touching your car’s interior.
- Vacuum both sides – Use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the car mat on both sides and suction up all the debris.
- Add a carpet cleaner– Use baking soda and rub it into the upholstery to remove unpleasant odors and stains. You can also mix water with baking soda and scrub the mat using a brush to scrape off the debris.
- Add soapy water and scrub – Use a stiff brush to rub soapy water into the car mats and scrub hard. Once you’re done, rinse off the soap with clean water.
- Vacuum the mats once more – Vacuuming will suck up the remaining dirt particles and water. For best results, look for a vacuum cleaner designed for sucking up moisture.
- Dry the mats thoroughly – Put the mats in the dryer or hang them out to dry. Avoid returning them in your vehicle when they are not yet fully dry as they can cause a damp smell.
Top-selling Lloyd floor mats
The following table shows Lloyd’s carpet and rubber car floor mats. It highlights some of the best features for both mats such as the water-resistant latex, multi-layer backing, and more.
- You can include your preffered initials, name or favorite slogan
- Designed with 20-ounce yarn for maximum durability
- Available in 8 easy blending colors
- Installs easily with Lloyd’s anchoring system
Economical cutpile carpet
- Has non-skid rubber nibs that improve traction and prevent skidding
- Designed with multi-layer backing that keeps it in shape
- Comes with anchors and factory-compatible mat fasteners
- Cut to precision for a perfect fit
Best selling cutpile mat
50+ colors to choose from
- Designed with water-resistant latex that prevents water damage
- The continuous cloth edge that prevents unraveling to preserve appeal
- The 2-ply yarn construction that prevents crushing
- You can get a premium edging or custom binding
Multiple colors to choose from
- The pocketed reservoir design that holds water
- The textured non-slip surface that increases traction
- Can be cleaned easily by wiping with a wet cloth
- Heavy-duty, quality rubber floor mat
Design mimics diamond-plating
- Covers the entire carpet surface for maximum protection
- Its high capacity surface captures and contains dust and other debris
- Designed with tough all-weather material
- Has slightly curved recess areas for easy cleaning
How to clean any mess
If your car’s floor mats are gunked up with grease and other debris, here’s how to remove those stains:
Dirt and mud
Things you’ll require:
- Dish cleaning liquid
- Empty spray bottle
- A vacuum cleaner
- Clean cloth
Steps to follow:
- Remove the mats from your vehicle and place them on a flat surface.
- Allow the mud to dry if it is still wet to stop spreading the mess further. You can also blot dry the mud to prevent the muck from entrenching deeper in the fibres and resting on the car mat base.
- Once the mud is dry, run the vacuum repeatedly over the dirt. When the vacuum stops sucking up the dirt, move on to the next step.
- Take your empty spray bottle and pour into it some dish washing liquid.
- Spray a light covering over the dirty areas.
- Use the clean cloth to blot the mat. You will see the remaining mud lift from the car mat.
- Once the mud is removed completely, hang the mat out to dry. This prevents a damp, nasty smell from taking over your vehicle. If you want it to dry quickly, run a steam vacuum over the mat to lift the remaining moisture.
Things you’ll require:
- Liquid hand washing detergent
- Fabric cleaner
- Paint scraper
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
Steps to follow:
- Remove the floor mats from your vehicle.
- Use the paint scraper to gently remove the excess grease pooled onto the mat.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the dirty area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
- Vacuum off the baking soda.
- Add 2 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 tablespoon of liquid hand washing detergent with two cups of warm water in an empty bucket. Use this solution to sponge the grease stain until it is removed.
- Rinse the sponge in warm water.
- Empty the bucket and then add three cups of cold water. Sponge the mat to remove the vinegar solution and the detergent.
- Spray onto the mat an even coat of fabric cleaner to remove any lingering vinegar and detergent smell. Blot dry overnight to remove excess moisture.