Most people don’t notice the condition of their car carpets because the carpets are covered by floor mats. What you don’t see can get worse if ignored. Your car carpet collects a lot more dirt than you wold like to believe.
The longer you delay cleaning it, the harder it will be to remove the stains. If your car starts to stink, it might be caused by rotting food or mold and mildew growth on your carpet. That’s what happens when you don’t pay enough attention to your car carpet.
In the worst case scenario, all that dirt, rot, and mold will deteriorate the carpet materials. Cleaning the carpet is a simple process, one you carry out regularly.
Three Ways to Clean Your Car Carpets
Whichever way you prefer to clean your carpet, it will be helpful to have a vacuum cleaner on hand.
First, remove everything from your car. Get rid of any food wrappers, tissues, and trash. Take out the floor mats. If you’re a meticulous person, you can remove the seats too. Having more space to clean your carpet means it’ll be easier to see the dirt and you’ll be able to clean it more thoroughly. If the carpet happens to be wet, leave it to dry before you start vacuuming. You can loosen larger debris and stubborn dirt with a stiff brush, then suck it with the vacuum.
All you need here is upholstery cleaner, a stiff brush, and some clean cloths. This will help you remove any stains on the carpet. Test your upholstery cleaner on a small area of your carpet first. If the carpet becomes discoloured after a while, you should change the cleaner.
Spray the cleaner on the carpet stain, and let it soak into the stain. You don’t want to let it soak too long or else it will be hard to dry out the carpet afterwards. Use the stiff brush to gently work the cleaner into the stain. Then, wipe it with a clean cloth.
You may need to repeat this a few times to completely remove the stain.
If you have a steam cleaner, it would be a good idea to use it. Most likely, your steam cleaner can spray and vacuum, two functions in one tool. You can use it to apply the cleaning solution, then immediately vacuum it up. Just follow the instructions on the steam cleaner. Work on one small area at a time, and don’t let the cleaner soak into the carpet too much.
For overall cleaning of your car carpet, prepare your upholstery cleaner, a stiff brush, and a wet-dry vacuum. Spray the cleaner over a small area of the carpet, use the brush to gently scrub the cleaner into the carpet, then vacuum.
Once you’re done with the carpet, don’t hose it down with water. Put some clean, clear water into a spray bottle and spray it lightly onto the surface of the carpet. Then vacuum it out.
Leave to Air Dry
Leave the car doors open for a few hours to allow the carpets to air dry. If the car is drying in the garage, use fans to speed up the drying process.
You can take care of your car carpets better by getting good floor mats. Some floor mats do a great job of soaking up water and trapping dirt so it doesn’t get on the carpet.
You want to consider getting a stain spray that helps your carpets and seats resist nasty stains. If you have family members who like to snack in the car, prepare a small trash bag in your car.