How should I clean rubber car mats?

I recently got a new Jeep Wrangler, and it’s perfect for off-roading and outdoor activities. The rubber car mats are getting pretty filthy from heavy use. I know that some soaps and chemicals aren’t good for rubber, so how should I be cleaning my rubber car mats?

Answer
You’re right; a lot of soaps and chemicals can degrade rubber over time. However, if you stick to a small amount of basic dish soap and rinse it well, you should have no issues.
To clean your rubber car mats you will need:
  • Some outdoor space, such as a yard or driveway
  • Garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Dish soap
  • Large bucket
  • Vacuum
Remove the mats from your car and lay them out flat. While they’re out of the car, this is a good time to vacuum the carpeting where they were.
Use the high-pressure nozzle and spray your rubber mats down with a hose. This is best done on the grass or in the driveway as you will likely have a lot of runoff.
Mix soap and water in the large bucket and use your soft-bristled brush to scrub out any stubborn stains or debris.
Rinse the mats and allow them to air dry completely before putting them back into your vehicle to avoid any mold or mildew growth beneath your mats.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Nov 11, 2021
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