Thoroughly vacuum to remove any loose dirt & debris.
Pre-spray the mat with a diluted all purpose cleaner or a designated upholstery cleaning product. Work the cleaner into the mat with a stiff bristled upholstery cleaning brush.
Use a stiff bristled detailing or nail brush on areas such badges, emroidery or stubborn marks. Thoroughly re-vacuuum the mat to remove any excess cleaning product or moisture.
Before replacing mats into your vehicle ensure you vacuum off the underside using a soft brush attachment or crevice tool if necessary.
We’ll now look at how to clean more heavily soiled mats with the use of a wet vac extraction machine…
Thoroughly vacuum off to remove any loose dirt or debris. Use a stiff bristled upholstery brush if necessary to remove any bits caught in the fibres of the mat, then re-vacuum to pick the loosened bits up.
You can use the wet vac machine to pre-spray the cleaning product onto the mat.
Use the machine to clean the mat, simultaneously cleaning and extracting at the same time. Try not to over wet the mat but use the trigger to apply sufficient cleaning product in order to effectively extract stains & dirt.
Pay particular attention to heavily used footplates and embroidered badges. Continue the process until the fluid being extracted looks clean.
Once you’ve extracted all the cleaning fluid you can with the machine, you can follow up with a vacuum cleaner and crevice tool to further remove any excess moisture, again not forgetting to vacuum the underside of the mat before replacing into the vehicle.
Even though the mat shown is heavily worn and contains a number of cigarette burns and so on you can still see the vast improvement a thorough cleaning has made, with the mat looking much fresher and less tired in its appearance.