How to Shampoo and Clean Car Floor Mats

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-15
What You'll Need
Carpet shampoo
Vacuum cleaner or mini vac
Scrub brush
Empty spray bottle
Garden hose
Tarp or expendable blanket
Cleaning gloves
Paper breathing mask
Safety goggles

If your vehicle's car floor mats have incurred a fair amount of stains and caked-on dirt deposits, you may want to consider shampooing them. While this task is liable to strike many car owners as cumbersome, you'll be pleased to learn that successfully shampooing your car floor mats is a very simply procedure that can be carried out in just a few easy steps. Below are the proper steps for cleaning your vehicle's floor mats with shampoo.

Step 1 - Prep Your Floor Mats

Before proceeding to shampoo your car floor mats, there are a few preparatory measures you will need to carry out. First off, you will need to remove the floor mats from your vehicle and lay them atop a tarp or an expendable towel or blanket. Once the mats have been removed, take this opportunity to run a vacuum cleaner or mini vac over the floor of your vehicle. Mat-based filth can sometimes originate in this area, so make a point of being as thorough as possible when vacuuming. After the newly vacant floors have been given a vigorous vacuum cleaning, you will need to run your vacuum or mini vac over your floor mats in a similar fashion. This will enable you to remove any dust deposits and loose pieces of filth, ultimately making the shampooing process a little easier. Once you've removed as much dust as possible from your mats, you will be ready to proceed with the next step.

Step 2 - Protect Yourself

While shampooing car floor mats isn't a terrible dangerous job, there are several small precautions you should take when carrying out this task. For starters, it is recommended that you wear a pair of cleaning gloves to protect your skin from coming into contact with the carpet shampoo you will be using. Next, don a paper breathing mask and a pair of safety goggles. A lot of foam will go flying during the shampooing process, so it is important to protect your eyes and mouth.

Step 3 - Shampoo Your Car Floor Mats

Having made all the necessary preparations, it's time to begin the shampooing process. Start by filling a clean empty spray bottle with warm water, then vigorously spray the water onto the first mat you wish to clean. Next, apply the recommended amount of carpet shampoo to the mat and use a scrub brush to begin scrubbing it, taking care to work the water and shampoo into a fine lather. Continue scrubbing until the mat is completely free of stains, at which point you will need to rinse off your carpet shampoo with the aid of a garden hose. As you don't want to drench the mat, make sure to have the flow on a fairly light setting. Repeat this process with the remaining mats.

If you don't feel like waiting for the freshly cleaned car floor mats to air dry, you can blot them dry with an expendable towel or washcloth or suck up the moisture with a wet/dry vac.