The very first step in cleaning carpet floor mats is removing them from inside your car. See to it that you remove the floor mat and lay it down on a flat surface.
Use a car vacuum to get rid of all the dust and dirt from the floor mat. Make sure you don’t rush through this process since you want to ensure that the floor mat is free from any dust before you clean it using hot water. You might also want to use a vacuum for cleaning the other side of the floor mat.
Once you are sure that no more speck of dust has been left behind on the mat, plain old vinegar or carpet cleaning solution should be sprayed on top of the mat. Actually, it is enough to clean the carpet with just plain white vinegar. You don’t need to worry or bother about the smell since after you dried up the carpet out in the sun, the vinegar’s sour smell will just go away.
Remember that you aren’t supposed to soak the mat wet. A simple spray will do. After spraying a cleaning solution or vinegar over the mat, you can use the brush to remove the stains and salt that remained. Avoid scrubbing too harshly as it might end up damaging the material of the carpet. This step can be repeated twice to ensure better cleaning.
Rinse the vinegar off as well as the dust that you removed during the scrubbing. Attach a high pressure nozzle to your hose if you got one to push away the dust from the carpet. Don’t forget to rinse every part of the carpet, including the back portion.
Lastly, allow the carpet to drop and leave it to dry under the sun. You could also hang it with clothespins.
How to Clean Car Floor Mats Made from Rubber
Even though rubber mats (more at www.withcar.hu) are made from completely different materials than carpet, cleaning them still follow the same steps.
There is one difference though, and that is instead of using vinegar or cleaner, you also need to use a dishwashing liquid or laundry powder and mix this with equal parts of water.