How to clean car carpet mats

How to clean car carpet mats - AutoGlanz AG Car Care

Joe Pritchard |

Welcome to our ultimate guide on car carpet mat cleaning.

Over time - your car mats will gain a substantial amount of dirt.

It makes sense - as every time you get in and out of the car, the mat takes all the grime. 


Once in a while you need to clean it.

And maybe:

You want to clean it a bit better than "just a vacuum".

In this guide we'll show you how to do that - in a simple way!

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Key Takeaways:

  • Regular fabric car mat cleaning gives a fresh interior.
  • Clean car mats help prevent the buildup of dirt, stains, and odours.
  • Proper maintenance between deep cleans can extend the lifespan of your fabric car mats.
  • Eliminating stubborn stains and foul odours can be challenging, but effective techniques can help overcome these issues.
  • By following our step-by-step guide and implementing maintenance tips, you can achieve a spotless and well-maintained car interior.

The Importance of Regular Fabric Car Mat Cleaning

In order to maintain a spotless and fresh car interior, regular cleaning of your fabric car mats is essential.

Not only does this help in preserving the overall condition of your vehicle's interior, but it also contributes to a healthier and more enjoyable driving experience.

Preserving Your Vehicle's Interior From Mould and Rot

Regular fabric car mat cleaning plays a crucial role in preventing the accumulation of moisture, dirt, and debris.

When left uncleaned, these particles can lead to the growth of mould and the formation of rot, if the mats are both dirty and moist.

By diligently cleaning your fabric car mats on a regular basis, you can ensure that any dirt is removed - reducing the risk of mould formation.

Enhancing In-Car Air Quality

Clean car mats are not only visually appealing but also contribute to improved air quality within your vehicle. Over time, fabric car mats can accumulate dust, allergens, and pollutants that can compromise the air you breathe while driving.

Regular cleaning of your fabric car mats helps in removing these particles, resulting in improved air quality inside your car. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues, as cleaner air can help alleviate symptoms and provide a more comfortable driving experience.

Preparing Your Car Mats for Thorough Cleaning

In order to achieve a thorough and effective fabric car mat clean, it's important to properly prepare your mats beforehand. This involves inspecting the mats for any signs of wear and tear and removing loose debris.

Inspecting Mats for Wear and Tear

Before you begin the cleaning process, carefully examine your car mats for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for fraying edges, holes, or areas where the fabric is thinning. Identifying any issues at this stage will settle whether you should look for new mats or if you can settle on a deep clean. 

Step-by-Step Guide: Fabric Car Mat Cleaning

Properly cleaning your fabric car mats is essential to maintain a spotless interior. Follow this step-by-step guide to effectively clean your car mats and restore their original freshness.

1. Shake Initial Grime from the Car Mats

Begin by taking your car mats out of the vehicle. Shake and beat them against a hard surface to remove loose dirt and debris. This step will help to dislodge any stubborn particles before the main cleaning process.

2. Vacuum the Mat

Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to thoroughly vacuum both sides of the fabric car mats. Pay special attention to the corners and edges where dirt tends to accumulate. This step will remove any remaining loose dirt and prepare the mats for deep cleaning.

Vacuum the carpet mat

3. Apply Fabric Cleaner


Apply FabriClean undiluted on your car mats. Apply the cleaner evenly, ensuring complete coverage. Allow the cleaner to penetrate the fabric for a few minutes, loosening any stains or dirt.

FabriClean on car mat

If there are stains, feel free to apply extra FabriClean on that specific area for a more intensive deep clean.

Tough stain on carpet

4. Work with a Drill Brush

Drill Brush

While the vacuuming has removed all loose dirt, there is still plenty of stuff down there - that can come out.

In order to tackle stubborn stains and embedded dirt, use a drill brush.

Attach the brush to a power drill and gently scrub the fabric mats in circular motions. The rotating brush will help lift dirt, grime, and stains from the mats. It is a good idea to apply a bit of FabriClean to the Drill Brush. You will notice that it foams up when applying the drill brush. 

Drill Brush on floor mat

5. Dry with a Microfibre Cloth

Microfibre cloth

After deep cleaning, use a microfibre cloth to dry the fabric car mats. Press the cloth onto the mats and gently squeeze to absorb excess moisture. Repeat this process until the mats are completely dry. Make sure to dry both sides of the mats to prevent mildew or mould growth.

Dry Floor Mat with a microfibre cloth

That's it!

Step Description
1 Knock off Initial Grime from the Car Mats
2 Vacuum the Mat
3 Apply Fabric Cleaner
4 Work with a Drill Brush
5 Dry with a Microfibre Cloth

Addressing Common Challenges in Fabric Car Mat Cleaning

Fabric car mat cleaning can sometimes come with its own set of challenges. Stubborn stains and foul odours can be particularly frustrating to deal with. However, with the right techniques and methods, you can effectively remove these stains and eliminate odours, leaving your car mats fresh and clean.

Removing Stubborn Stains

When it comes to stubborn stains on your fabric car mats, it's important to act quickly. Start by blotting up any excess liquid or residue with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Next, use FabriClean as a deep clean.

For tougher stains, you may need to repeat the process.

Eliminating Foul Odours

Foul odours in your car mats can be unpleasant and difficult to get rid of.

If you are sure that the odour comes from the matt - we suggest that you use an odour eliminator such as de-odour

Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Car Carpets

Why is regular fabric car mat cleaning important?

Regular fabric car mat cleaning is important for preserving your vehicle's interior by preventing mould and rot. It also enhances in-car air quality, ensuring a healthier and more pleasant driving experience.

How should I prepare my car mats for cleaning?

Before cleaning your fabric car mats, inspect them for wear and tear. 

What is the step-by-step process for cleaning fabric car mats?

The step-by-step process for cleaning fabric car mats includes knocking off initial grime, vacuuming the mats, applying fabric cleaner, using a drill brush for deep cleaning, and drying the mats with a microfibre cloth. 

How do I address stubborn stains and foul odours in fabric car mats?

To address stubborn stains, you can use effective stain removal techniques. For foul odours, you can eliminate them by applying a de-odour spray. 

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