How To Clean Car Floor Mats

Volkswagen Jetta rubber floor mats

Car floor mats are designed to protect your vehicle from dirt, mud, snow, and spills on a regular basis, and because of this, they will need to be cleaned periodically to get rid of all the grime and debris. If you are wondering how to clean car floor mats, the team at Alexandria Volkswagen has you covered. We have created this guide to help you get your vehicle in pristine condition once again.


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

How to Clean Rubber Floor Mats

Many drivers choose rubber floor mats when doing a lot of driving in rainy or snowy areas. Rubber floor mats will still need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Here is how to get started:

  1. Remove the rubber floor mats from your vehicle. This can help prevent water damage to the interior of your car.
  2. Shake out the mats and vacuum up any debris that may still be attached.
  3. Rinse the mats with clean water.
  4. Use a stiff bristle brush gently scrub the mats. It is also a good idea to use a cleaner designed specifically for rubber floor mats.
  5. Rinse the mats.
  6. Dry the mats with a microfiber towel. If you don’t have one, you can always just hang the mats to dry. Make sure the mats have thoroughly dried before you put them back into your vehicle.

How to Clean Carpet Floor Mats

What if your vehicle has carpet floor mats instead of rubber floor mats? While the process is somewhat similar, there are a few steps that vary from those listed above:

  1. Remove the floor mats from your vehicle.
  2. Vacuum the floor mats to get rid of as much dirt as possible.
  3. Shake and whack the floor mats against a hard surface to remove any debris that still remains.
  4. Apply a cleaner that is designed for carpet floor mats. Follow the instructions provided to minimize any risk of damage.
  5. Scrub the mats to remove any stains and ground in debris.
  6. Rinse the mats completely.
  7. If you have a wet vac, vacuuming your floor mats again can help to expedite the drying process and remove additional debris.
  8. Hang your mats to dry, and do not put them back into the vehicle until they have dried completely.

Keep Your Vehicle Looking Like New with Alexandria Volkswagen

Now that you know how to clean car floor mats, you may have other questions about how to get your vehicle looking and performing like new again. The team at Alexandria Volkswagen would be more than happy to answer any questions. Contact us today to learn more about vehicle maintenance.

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