How to Clean Car Floor Mats

by Theresa Stephens

Floor mats accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. With regular maintenance and cleaning, however, you can keep your car floor mats looking new. Read on to learn how to clean car floor mats.

Remove the mats from your vehicle. Shake them thoroughly to remove loose debris.

Lay the mats on the ground and vigorously sweep them to remove accumulated dust. After sweeping, shake the mats out one more time to remove any additional loose debris.

Hang the mats on a clothes line with close pins. Make sure that they are firmly secure before proceeding on to the next step.

Pour 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent for every cup of warm water into the hose container attachment. Attach the container to the hose.

Spray the floors.mats down with the detergent mixture. Use the scrub brush between sprays to loosen any embedded debris.

Remove the container attachment from the hose. Use fresh water to rinse detergent and loosened debris from the floor mats.

Allow the floor mats to dry for several hours before placing them back into your vehicle.


  • check Using warm water with the detergent will help remove dirt more effectively.


  • close Don't use hot water if you have wool floor mats.

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About the Author

Theresa Stephens, a freelance writer since 2003, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University College and a certificate in graphic and Web design from Boston University. She has previously written for the U.S. Air Force, "Caribbean Belle" magazine and several private nonprofit clients.

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