How can I clean my car's carpet without a vacuum?

I don't have a way to vacuum my car's carpet and mats, but I still want to keep a clean car. How can I clean my car's interior without a vacuum?

Emily Maracle · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“Good for you for wanting to keep your car clean! I’m happy to say that it’s definitely possible to clean your car’s carpet without a vacuum—you’ll just need a few supplies.
You’ll want to gather:
  • A handheld broom and dustpan. Use these to sweep out any loose dirt and debris.
  • Soap or upholstery cleaner and water. Using these should go a long way towards freshening up the carpet!
  • Scrub brush. Use it to scrub the soap into the carpet to get rid of any remaining dirt.
With these items, you can clean the carpets without having to vacuum. To get off any visible dirt and debris, you can pull your car mats out and shake them. For the remaining carpet in your car, you can use a hand broom to sweep out anything. You may want to use the dustpan as well.
Once you have the visible dust and dirt out, you can use soap and water or upholstery cleaner and the scrub brush to wash the carpets. This should not only freshen them up but get rid of any remaining dirt.
If you don’t have the time to follow these steps, you can also visit a local gas station or car wash. Both places typically have vacuums for use for a dollar or less. Otherwise, you can pay for an interior detailing service.
If you want to ensure that your vehicle is covered for any type of mess, you might want to make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date and that you’re getting the best price on it. One easy way to check is with the
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Best of luck with keeping that car spick and span!”
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