Our floor mats are one of the things we never put a whole lot of thought into. Many of us probably keep the same floor mats in our vehicles from the moment we buy them. In the event they must be replaced, most of us opt for the cheapest or the floor mat with the most attractive design.
This shouldn’t be the case, though. Your vehicle’s floor mats are important to extending the life of your vehicle’s interior – and with the winter season in full swing, now is the time to think about getting a set of floor mats that can withstand these coming snowy months.
What type of winter floor mat do you need?
While floor mats come in all shapes and sizes (and many come in a universal size that’s guaranteed to fit your ride), you’re going to want all-weather floor mats. No matter if dirt, mud, snow, sleet, rain, ice (you get the idea) finds its way into your automobile, your flooring is protected. All-weather floor mats are ideal for any season, and they’re certain to prove their worth in the worst types of weather.
General maintenance of your floor mat
If you’re choosing all-weather floor mats, cleaning them is as simple as taking them out of your automobile and hanging them and spraying with a hose. You can do this easily at most car washes or at home with an appropriate nozzle. Be sure to not let the underside of the floor mat get wet, otherwise you will be drying them longer than usual.
What to do when all-weather floor mats get extra dirty
It’s one thing to spray dirt and snow out of your floor mats, but it’s a whole different issue when you have floor mats that are littered in dirt, grime, and stains. If your floor mats have seen a lot of action and need extra care, use laundry soap and baking soda in water. Mix it together thoroughly and gently apply it on the floor mats. You will notice the fizz will cause the dirt to rise; let it sit for about 15-minutes before you spray a hose on it. Rinse and repeat for all-weather floor mats that shine!
What if I want to use cloth floor mats?
All-weather floor mats are practical, but sometimes you have a set of cloth floor mats you just don’t want to part with. If you refuse to trade them in and want to use them throughout the winter, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. Still, you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your cloth floor mats but continuously cleaning them via baking soda and water.
Consider using a carpet cleaner or even vehicle upholstery cleaner by spraying it onto the mats and letting the gunk and grime absorb for half an hour. From there, use a hand brush to clean the mat thoroughly. Finally, a steam cleaner is a great solution when you can’t get those pesky stains out of your cloth floor mats by elbow grease alone.
Getting the most out of your vehicle’s floor mats involves knowing how to properly maintain and clean your floor mats. They’re going to get messy and dirty this winter season, so in the event that you need new floor mats to prepare for what’s to come reach out to GM Outlet Parts today. Be proactive: call now and let’s find the perfect floor mat fit!