Best Way to Clean Car Carpet

By Angela Dalecki

Best Way to Clean Car Carpet

Washing and detailing your car isn’t complete until you’ve cleaned the carpet and floor mats.

Marc Slingerland
By Angela Dalecki

OverviewYour car’s carpet is most likely one of the dirtiest places in your car. Just think about how much dirt and grime gets tracked in every time you enter the car, especially during the winter months. Fortunately, car carpet is not difficult to clean using the following tips.TypesThe most effective type of cleaner for car carpet is a foam cleaner, which can be found in most auto stores. Regular household carpet cleaner also works for small stains. If you don’t have carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 tsp. dish detergent with hot water in a spray bottle.Time FrameSpot-cleaning your carpet will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. A full deep-clean will take about 24 hours to clean and dry thoroughly.Prevention/SolutionBefore applying carpet cleaner, remove the floor mats and vacuum the carpet thoroughly. To remove foul odors, sprinkle the carpet with 20 Mule Team Borax and allow it to sit for an hour before vacuuming (see Resources).Spot StainsSpray carpet cleaner evenly onto the carpet. Rub vigorously and then wipe with a dry cloth. For spot stains, spray cleaning solution directly onto stain and work it in with a hard-bristled brush, then blot dry.WarningDo not soak the carpet, as this could cause mold to grow. If possible, leave windows down and allow carpet to dry for 24 hours.ResourcesreferenceCleaning Car Carpet and UpholsteryreferenceHow to Clean Car InteriorresourcePurchase 20 Mule Team Borax

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REFERENCE/RESOURCE: Cleaning Car Carpet and Upholstery
REFERENCE/RESOURCE: How to Clean Car Interior
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