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Old 04-05-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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I bought a pair of Goodyear rubber Mats to cover the carpeted mats from Target this winter. what is the best way to clean them? the passengers side mat has a little bit of white staining from a snow shovel that was dripping. these mats have totally protected the carpeted mats underneath

i live in an apartment bldg and don't have access to a hose or faucet would you recommend cleaning them in my bathtub in soapy water or just spraying them with all purpose cleaner or a sponge wash in soap? i know this isn't rocket science but i am trying to avoid the mats from getting too brittle then bunching up in certain areas esp the driver's side mat which can slide under the brake pedal
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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i suggest just throwing them out since they are rubber and buying new ones.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Go to a self serve car wash and power wash them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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Some self wash carwashes have a separate small sink for washing mats.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Use spray cleaner and use the toilet bowl cleaning brush or similar to brush them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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I bought a pair of Goodyear rubber Mats to cover the carpeted mats from Target this winter. what is the best way to clean them? the passengers side mat has a little bit of white staining from a snow shovel that was dripping. these mats have totally protected the carpeted mats underneath

i live in an apartment bldg and don't have access to a hose or faucet would you recommend cleaning them in my bathtub in soapy water or just spraying them with all purpose cleaner or a sponge wash in soap? i know this isn't rocket science but i am trying to avoid the mats from getting too brittle then bunching up in certain areas esp the driver's side mat which can slide under the brake pedal
I go to a hand-held car wash that has clips on the wall, designed for hanging floor mats. Works great.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:50 AM
 
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I go to a hand-held car wash that has clips on the wall, designed for hanging floor mats. Works great.

Yep, those work great whether the mats are rubber, or even carpeted
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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I bought a pair of Goodyear rubber Mats to cover the carpeted mats from Target this winter. what is the best way to clean them? the passengers side mat has a little bit of white staining from a snow shovel that was dripping. these mats have totally protected the carpeted mats underneath

i live in an apartment bldg and don't have access to a hose or faucet would you recommend cleaning them in my bathtub in soapy water or just spraying them with all purpose cleaner or a sponge wash in soap? i know this isn't rocket science but i am trying to avoid the mats from getting too brittle then bunching up in certain areas esp the driver's side mat which can slide under the brake pedal
If they're in good condition and as you obviously want to keep using them, don't use dish soap! It will dry them out and make them dull by taking the oil or whatever out of the rubber. Use handsoap. After they're clean, you can dress them with ArmorAll or something to make them shiny. You could also go to a self-serve carwash and clip them to the mat clips on the wall and powerwash them.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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I go to a hand-held car wash that has clips on the wall, designed for hanging floor mats. Works great.
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Yep, those work great whether the mats are rubber, or even carpeted
This was my suggestion as well. For carpeted mats, if they're really dirty, I'll soak them in a scrub sink with a little laundry detergent, then take them to the car wash to blast them clean.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:27 AM
 
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Since finding a self-service car wash is not going to be easy, I'd recommend taking the mats up to the apartment and washing them in the tub, using warm soapy water. If you have a lingering rubbery odor, you could add vinegar to the water and let them soak for a bit to remove the smell. Use a thick dish towel to clean the mats, as something abrasive might damage them. For a stubborn stain, I would let it soak rather than use anything harsh on the mats.

You can also use a gentle spray cleaner to clean them in place, or just outside the car. Mrs. Meyers, Method, or Simple Green would work well for general cleaning, but you may have to wash/soak in the tub for deeper cleaning. I have used these on winter floor mats, for spot cleaning to remove salt stains, for example.

Water is not rubber's best friend, as it strips natural oils, but Mrs. Meyers and some other cleaners have natural oils in them. After cleaning, you can use a product like Zymol Tyre Preserve on the mats will help to protect.
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