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LiquidBlack
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:30 AM
First off, let me know if there is anything wrong with this technique, as I have not read anywhere on this forum that anybody has done this.

To clean my mats and the mats of others, I usually just stick them in the bathtub, throw in some detergent (tide with bleach if the mats are light colored), add enough hot water to where it is about an inch higher than the mats, and let them sit for awhile.

Usually, the water turns brown on cars that are not mine. I drain the dirty water, put in clean, hot water, and get to scrubbing with my Meguiar's interior brush (a must have). Again, I'll drain, then rinse the mats, then let them dry. They always come out extremely clean.

petrong1186
Nov 9th, 2006, 10:13 AM
sounds interesting. I have black mats in my car but would be hesitant to try it (even w/o the bleach). Have you done black mats before and if so, did you notice a fade in the color?

thanks
-dp

BlueZero
Nov 9th, 2006, 10:53 AM
Hmmm... I know what I'm doing this weekend. Sounds like a good idea. I'll even try mine with bleach for colors and see that that does. I want custom mats, but mine are in really good shape. So if i ruin them, oh well... :o

Michael Stoops
Nov 9th, 2006, 02:30 PM
Hmmm... I know what I'm doing this weekend. Sounds like a good idea. I'll even try mine with bleach for colors and see that that does. I want custom mats, but mine are in really good shape. So if i ruin them, oh well... :o
:LOLOL:

Hmmm, I wonder how my wife would react to me trying this?

amari
Nov 10th, 2006, 10:06 AM
First off, let me know if there is anything wrong with this technique, as I have not read anywhere on this forum that anybody has done this.

To clean my mats and the mats of others, I usually just stick them in the bathtub, throw in some detergent (tide with bleach if the mats are light colored), add enough hot water to where it is about an inch higher than the mats, and let them sit for awhile.

Usually, the water turns brown on cars that are not mine. I drain the dirty water, put in clean, hot water, and get to scrubbing with my Meguiar's interior brush (a must have). Again, I'll drain, then rinse the mats, then let them dry. They always come out extremely clean.

Great Tip... :bigups :bigups :bigups I must try it...


Hmmm... I know what I'm doing this weekend. Sounds like a good idea. I'll even try mine with bleach for colors and see that that does. I want custom mats, but mine are in really good shape. So if i ruin them, oh well... :o


:rofl:

N52
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:15 PM
that method sounds good but...Doesnt it take a lot of time and do the mats need that much of a cleaning every time.

What about the Meguiars carpet and upholstery cleaner? anyone tried that?

F-150
Nov 10th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Yeah it's good stuff. Removes stains in seconds w/ a terry and dries quickly too.

TH0001
Nov 10th, 2006, 04:37 PM
I'm gonna do this right now and take pictures, hahaha. My wife is out tonight and my son is sleeping so I have nothing better to do...

noswirler
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:01 PM
what kinda mess does it leave in the bathtub?:laughing

BlueZero
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:13 PM
I just got done cleaning the drivers side mat. I didn't take any photos because I had just cleaned it not long ago, so it looked clean. Wow, I guess it wasn't! The water was black, then I rinsed and the water was dark brown. It took me 5 rinses to get the water almost clear. I have dark gray colored mats and used Tide with bleach. It didn't seem to harm the mat any. It's hanging up to dry now. The shower sprayer came in handy too. I wish I would have had one of those hand held sprayers. It does make a big mess in the tub, but thats pretty easy to clean up. LiquidBlack thanks for the tip, I like it. Good luck TH0001, can't wait to see some good before and after pics.

TH0001
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:23 PM
Okay well lets do the rundown...

I pulled the mats from my GMC Jimmy (which I wanted to do the interior this weekend so) and started by taking a few pictures of thier obviously disgusting condition...

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07351.jpg

Then I vacummed them with my shop vac and tried to get out as much dirt and grime as possible...

Then I used an old toothbrush and some Meguars APC (cut 4:1) to soak and agitate some of the heavier soiled areas. I let this soak for 5 minutes while I preppared the bath! LoL!

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07361.jpg

I used a light mixture of Woolite and Lemon Bleach in the tub and threw the mats in. I scrubbed them using Meguiars carpet+upholstory brush.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07371.jpg

There was a lot of grim in the tub and the water became mildly opaque...

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07381.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07391.jpg

I drained the tub and ran the shower on the mats (I then held the mats up and used the shower head to rinse each mat until the water ran clear).

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07401.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07411.jpg

I headed back to the garage and vacummed the carpets to remove some of the mostiure then used the Meguiars brush to stripe and dress the mats.

The afters...


http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07421.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07431.jpg

I will say that the traditional method is faster and more effective but this was a nice change of pace..

N52
Nov 11th, 2006, 01:36 AM
this method looks like its WORKING:bigups :bigups

mckeand13
Nov 13th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Okay well lets do the rundown...

I pulled the mats from my GMC Jimmy (which I wanted to do the interior this weekend so) and started by taking a few pictures of thier obviously disgusting condition...

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07351.jpg

Then I vacummed them with my shop vac and tried to get out as much dirt and grime as possible...

Then I used an old toothbrush and some Meguars APC (cut 4:1) to soak and agitate some of the heavier soiled areas. I let this soak for 5 minutes while I preppared the bath! LoL!

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07361.jpg

I used a light mixture of Woolite and Lemon Bleach in the tub and threw the mats in. I scrubbed them using Meguiars carpet+upholstory brush.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07371.jpg

There was a lot of grim in the tub and the water became mildly opaque...

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07381.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07391.jpg

I drained the tub and ran the shower on the mats (I then held the mats up and used the shower head to rinse each mat until the water ran clear).

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07401.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07411.jpg

I headed back to the garage and vacummed the carpets to remove some of the mostiure then used the Meguiars brush to stripe and dress the mats.

The afters...


http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07421.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m194/tropicaldetail/misc/100_07431.jpg

I will say that the traditional method is faster and more effective but this was a nice change of pace..


What is the "traditional method" you are using? I like the bathtub idea (i'd probably use the washtub in the basement to avoid trouble) but if you've got something that works better......

LiquidBlack
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Glad to see such great reaction to my mat cleaning solution. I understand how removing stains and such can be done easier without soaking the mats in the tub, but to really get all the dirt and grime out, I figured soaking/agitating in the tub would be a much better solution for me, and I was right!

As for dark mats + tide w/ bleach, I never noticed any change in color. Tide with bleach is very gentle, yet if I were you, I'd go with regular detergent instead of the bleach, just because the bleach part is unnecessary.

2slow4you
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:19 PM
ahh,this method works great iMO. I tryed it the other night, well i was bored and got em cleaned up.. Thay were not very dirty but i got before and after pics...

MaximusZTS
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:55 PM
Well my method is simular. I just roll up the mat a bit and put it in a bucket with some GC soap. Let it sit for a bit and pull it out. Scrub with the interior brush and then rinse them with the hose. Then leave them outside to dry.

GTBrad
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:46 PM
Sounds interesting, think I'll try this next summer when the drying process becomes a little faster

jenjen204
Nov 14th, 2006, 10:52 PM
People still use carpet floor mats :confused:... why not rubber or something??? Sure are a heck of a lot easier to clean and keep clean:LOLOL: plus they look sharper IMO.... Any who thanks for the instructions may come in handy sometime down the road or something.... Yea....

DaGonz
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:00 PM
:LOLOL:

Hmmm, I wonder how my wife would react to me trying this?

Probably the same as mine... :rolleyes: :mad: :wall:

Blr123
Nov 19th, 2006, 04:13 AM
Afternoon all,

Never tried this.......I think her indoors would go nuts if I did :D

What I do is remover the carpet mats when the weather starts to turn in winter and fit rubber mats.........plenty of time then to clean, bag and store the carpet mats until summer.........just a thought :xyxthumbs

Bryan

CharlesW
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Other than making such a mess in the tub, it sounds like a system that works.
There are people that actually put their mats in their washing machine to clean them and seem to have no problems.
The tub or washing machine cleaning won't be anything I try just because of the possible after effects on the tub or machine.

An alternative process that I use a couple of times a year:
1. Lay the mats out in the driveway and rinse well with a high pressure stream from the hose.
2. Scrub them with a brush and a soap solution. I have used Dawn as well as several different laundry detergents with no problems and no difference in results that I can tell.
3. Rinse with the high pressure stream from the hose. It takes quite a little runsing to get all the dirty water and soap solution out of the carpet.
4. Let them dry thoroughly and back in the vehicle they go.
5. Regular vacuuming and cleaning them with a 10:1 Meg's APC+ (original formula) and a brush keeps them surface cleaned and looking good the rest of the time. I will be switching to the newer Meg's APC when my old APC+ is gone.

cornflake_81
Nov 28th, 2006, 08:02 PM
For those who might still be concerned with this method's effect on dark or black mats, I humbly submit...


Before: (in case you're wondering, yes, the mats are black with labrador accents)
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/floormat_before.jpg

After:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/floormat_after.jpg

Not perfect by any means, and this was before I finished brushing out the remaining dog hair, but not too bad. Believe it or not, the first picture was taken not long after vacuuming and a good shaking. I only showed the driver's mat because its the only one that showed a substantial difference, as I very rarely have passengers.

Anywho, thanks for the idea. Definitely not something that needs to be done often, but if your mats get a bit past their prime, this seems to bring them right back.

CJ3B
Dec 7th, 2006, 12:55 PM
An alternative process that I use a couple of times a year:
1. Lay the mats out in the driveway and rinse well with a high pressure stream from the hose.
2. Scrub them with a brush and a soap solution. I have used Dawn as well as several different laundry detergents with no problems and no difference in results that I can tell.
3. Rinse with the high pressure stream from the hose. It takes quite a little runsing to get all the dirty water and soap solution out of the carpet.
4. Let them dry thoroughly and back in the vehicle they go.
5. Regular vacuuming and cleaning them with a 10:1 Meg's APC+ (original formula) and a brush keeps them surface cleaned and looking good the rest of the time. I will be switching to the newer Meg's APC when my old APC+ is gone.

I have been using charlesW's method for years with diswashing soap... man, does this work.

Jorge

Nappers
Dec 7th, 2006, 01:33 PM
I took mine to the laundry mat and threw them in a front loader washer with laundry detergent, and presto, good as new, and not so wet it takes forever to dry thanks to the spin cycle.

Have fun

Aaron

JG_Detailing
Dec 7th, 2006, 01:36 PM
On rubber mats I just scrub them with a tire brush and soap. And sometime's I spray some tire cleaner on them. Ofcourse you may want to wipe the excess off before butting your feet on it. And carpet mats I just vacuum them.

Mayur
Dec 11th, 2006, 03:42 PM
For those who might still be concerned with this method's effect on dark or black mats, I humbly submit...


Before: (in case you're wondering, yes, the mats are black with labrador accents)
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/floormat_before.jpg

After:
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/medium/floormat_after.jpg

Not perfect by any means, and this was before I finished brushing out the remaining dog hair, but not too bad. Believe it or not, the first picture was taken not long after vacuuming and a good shaking. I only showed the driver's mat because its the only one that showed a substantial difference, as I very rarely have passengers.

Anywho, thanks for the idea. Definitely not something that needs to be done often, but if your mats get a bit past their prime, this seems to bring them right back.
Wow! That is a big improvement! I must try this out. One of my rear mats has pepsi stains on it because one of my stupid friends spilled pepsi. I wasnt aware that he was drinking it (strict rules in my car). This was on a long road trip and no chance to clean it up in middle of highway. Lets just say I beat the heck out of him afterwards and he will never forget the rules of my car lol.

cnfowler
Jan 30th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Other than making such a mess in the tub, it sounds like a system that works.
There are people that actually put their mats in their washing machine to clean them and seem to have no problems.
The tub or washing machine cleaning won't be anything I try just because of the possible after effects on the tub or machine.

An alternative process that I use a couple of times a year:
1. Lay the mats out in the driveway and rinse well with a high pressure stream from the hose.
2. Scrub them with a brush and a soap solution. I have used Dawn as well as several different laundry detergents with no problems and no difference in results that I can tell.
3. Rinse with the high pressure stream from the hose. It takes quite a little runsing to get all the dirty water and soap solution out of the carpet.
4. Let them dry thoroughly and back in the vehicle they go.
5. Regular vacuuming and cleaning them with a 10:1 Meg's APC+ (original formula) and a brush keeps them surface cleaned and looking good the rest of the time. I will be switching to the newer Meg's APC when my old APC+ is gone.


This is the method I use and have fantastic results. If your mats are really dirty, this is probably the best way to deep clean them. With the strong stream of water you are getting deep down to the base of the fibers to get all that dirt and grime up. Flushing them with so much water gets it all out, not just the surface stuff.

As far as vacuuming them, I've always had great results by pulling them out and using a regular vacuum to clean them. The bristles and the vibration from the vacuum brings all that deep down dirt and sand up to the top. Also the bristles from the roller will lift the fibers and "fluff up the mats.

TrufflePig
Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:47 AM
i have checkered flag carpet mats and at times, the passenger side mat tends to get dirty faster than mine. i wonder why...hmmm

anyways, i use OXY CLEAN SPRAY stuff and dish scrubbing square brush. i spray it on, leave fofr 5-10 minutes to penerate. rub it in. and PRESTO. DONE.

CLEAN AS NEW!!! :)

PandorianOne
Feb 13th, 2007, 08:34 AM
I took mine to the laundry mat and threw them in a front loader washer with laundry detergent, and presto, good as new, and not so wet it takes forever to dry thanks to the spin cycle.

Have fun

Aaron

That's what I have done for great results. Only thing, is to make sure that the carpet side of the mat, is facing out, rather than in on itself. That way, the rinse and spin can really be effective. Cost a $1, and can usually work on the tires in parking lot while I'm waiting... :bigups

Larry A
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:33 PM
I will do this in the spring. Once a year , after winter . After that a spray and wipe product should work fine. After they dry mabe a spray down with Scotchguard would be a good idea.

BigLeegr
Feb 15th, 2007, 12:47 PM
I have the rubber type, but when I have someone else's to do, I pre-spray with a spotter, then spray them at a carwash with the high pressure wand, mats hanging from the mat holders. Then I quickly grab the wet/dry vac nearby and attempt to dry them as best as possible in that time. Another $1.00 idea, in case your significant other "prefers" that you don't use the tub method. ;)

J. A. Michaels
Feb 15th, 2007, 03:23 PM
:cool: Yesterday I tried the bathtub technique for washing my car mats. Totally unbelievable. What a great job it did. I have a 05 Sebring, Black mats. We bought the car used, and theres no telling how much dirt was in these mats. I followed everything as liquidblack outlined and it cleaned them up to what I would consider "brand new" condition. The only thing I had to do differently was After 3 rinsings with hot water was still seeing alot of dirt rinsing off, at this point I decided to start at the beginning and repeat the whole process again. After 3 more rinsings the water was rinsing clean. At this point I put the mats in the wash machine on spin cycle,(made sure carpet side of mats facing the outer wash drum) let it do its thing when done put them outside to dry. Thanks again liquid black for this great tip.