Dirt, grass, pebbles, and other debris will eventually make their way onto your truck’s floor mats. Over time, the grime may cause permanent stains and diminish your vehicle’s interior appearance. By following a few simple auto maintenance steps, you can restore their original look.
How to Clean Fabric Floor Mats
The fibers in cloth mats can trap grease and debris, so it’s essential to establish a regular auto maintenance routine to prevent permanent discoloration.
After removing them, thoroughly vacuum their surfaces. You’ll need a carpet cleaning product designed to lift grime from fibers. Alternatively, mix baking soda with a bit of water and scrub the paste into the mats with a stiff brush.
After cleaning, rinse with cold water. To eliminate any lingering odors, spray the mats with a carpet cleaner. Allow the solution to absorb for at least 30 minutes. Then, use a soft brush to ensure the product penetrates the fibers. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to suction up the surface moisture and allow the mats to air-dry.
How to Clean Plastic & Rubber Floor Mats
Mud and dust can become caked in plastic and rubber mats, breaking them down.
Your auto maintenance routine should always include scrubbing. Remove them and smack them against a hard surface to eliminate surface debris. Use a soft brush to remove any stubborn material. Rinse them with a garden hose or power-washer.
To prevent mildew and odors, don’t apply water to the back of the mats. Instead, wipe them down with a dry cloth. While dish soap and water will eliminate grime, there are also cleaning products made for plastic and rubber mats. After a complete wipe down using a clean cloth, rinse off the soapy residue and allow the mats to air-dry.
If your truck’s floor mats are damaged or torn, Power & Transmission Inc. in Alaska has an extensive inventory of durable and comfortable replacements. They carry options from leading vehicle accessory manufacturers which are made to stand up against snow, ice, rain, and other inclement weather. Call (907) 456-2230 with your questions, or visit their website for information on the truck parts they have in stock.