Removing floor mats

How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Over time, your car gets dirty and needs the occasional cleaning. To get those hard-to-reach spots inside of your car, the service center at Westbrook Toyota has put together a DIY guide on how to clean car floor mats from your very own home. Keep your vehicle looking like new on the inside, and visit Westbrook Toyota near Old Saybrook for all of your service needs.




Before you get starting on cleaning your car floor mats, here are the tools you’ll need to get the job done correctly: 

  • Rubber Car Floor Mats: Vacuum, rubber floor mat cleanser, stiff bristle brush, hose/bucket of water, microfiber towel/place to hang your mats
  • Carpet Car Floor Mats: Vacuum, carpet floor mat cleaner, brush, hose/bucket of water, wet vac/a place to hang your mats

Once you’ve got all of the necessary equipment, it’s time to get started. 

Cleaning Rubber Car Floor Mats

If you like to take on the Madison outdoors, then you probably have a vehicle with rubber mats. We’ll start by showing you how to clean rubber floor mats first, and then move on to carpet mats. Here is the process for cleaning rubber car mats: 

  1. Remove the rubber car floor mats from your vehicle. 
  2. Shake out the mats and use your vacuum to clean up any leftover debris. 
  3. Then, rinse off the mats with clean water. 
  4. Using a cleanser designed for rubber mats, scrub your rubber car mats with a stiff bristle brush and remove any extra dirt and debris. 
  5. Once the mats have been scrubbed, give them a final rinse. 
  6. Use a microfiber towel to wipe off your mats or hang them up to dry. 

It’s important that your rubber car floor mats are completely dry before putting them back in your car. 

Cleaning Carpet Car Floor Mats

Now that you know how to clean rubber floor mats, let’s go over how to clean carpet floor mats. You’ll usually find carpet floor mats in luxury brand vehicles or sedans. Here is how to clean them properly: 

  1. Remove the floor mats from your car. 
  2. Vacuum the dirt and debris from the floor mats. 
  3. Shake out the floor mats and whack them against a hard surface to remove any leftover dust or debris. 
  4. Using a cleaner designed for carpet car floor mats, apply this cleaner to your carpet floor mats. 
  5. After applying the cleaner, scrub the floor mats to remove any leftover dirt or debris. 
  6. Thoroughly rinse the floor mats clean. 
  7. If you have one, use a wet vac to dry up the floor mats after rinsing.
  8. Hand up your floor mats and let them dry. 

As with rubber floor mats, it’s important that you make sure that your carpet floor mats are completely dry before you put them back into your vehicle. Now that you know how to clean car floor mats, you can get the right cleaning parts and vehicle accessories you need from our parts store near Clinton or shop online. 

Keep Your Car Clean with Westbrook Toyota

Keeping your car clean is just one way you can improve its lifespan and driveability. To follow your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule, get major repairs fixed, or answer some of your burning service questions, contact us at Westbrook Toyota to get your vehicle back on the Westbrook roads.

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