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Old 01-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cleaning the floor mats... a hail Mary

About a year ago, I detailed the MDX - an 08 with light gray interior. The following weekend, my wife and some of her friends did one of those zombie runs - a 5K in the woods, over obstacles... and mud.. red clay mud. Then they all piled in the MDX for the ride home. The gray leather was orange. The mats looked trashed.

I got the leather clean. But the mats... I tried spot cleaning. Shop vac'ed. Foam and scrub... Saturday, I hosed them down, soaked them in Simple Green and scrubbed them with a brush. That seemed to clean them. But after they dried, they smelled like crap. I said #*@& it. I'm done! I tossed them - all 3 rows - into the washing machine. Then the dryer. And, they look and smell great! I wish I stared there. I had written them off - was prepared to buy a new set.

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Old 01-14-2013, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My advice for next time is try the rug doctor. Not sure if it will get off dried on mud but for every year cleaning, it gets the job done.
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I think for newer mats or mats that I didn't think were shot, the Rug Doctor (rental) would be the way to go - or like you said, just that annual cleaning. But I wasn't about to drop $40+ on those old stained mats. I really was surprised how clean the washer and drier got them. I suspect if I did that too often, they'd come apart - particularly the backing... why did Acura decide to back the mats with a sponge anyway ;-)
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I throw my mats in the driveway, soak them with the same soapy water I use on the car, then hit them with a pressure washer. Today's carpeted mats are very durable and the pressure washer gets the dirt out. The fibers are nylon, so nothing really penetrates them.
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It this sort of thing happens often, consider picking up some seat covers from SeatShield to protect the seats. They do a nice job when you need a waterproof temporary cover that doesn't take up much room when it's not being used. Mine have held up well for a few years now.
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It this sort of thing happens often, consider picking up some seat covers from SeatShield to protect the seats. They do a nice job when you need a waterproof temporary cover that doesn't take up much room when it's not being used. Mine have held up well for a few years now.
That's a great idea. Thanks. I also mentioned flipping (left to right too for the front) the mats - not perfect but beats staining the nice side.
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My advice for next time is try the rug doctor.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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bro next time take a bucket of water, and try magic eraser... it really does work like magic literally gets everything out and makes ur carpets look brand new. idk bout smell now lol.
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I think an investment on some all weather floor mats is in order. And make the wife pay for it.
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I think an investment on some all weather floor mats is in order. And make the wife pay for it.
+1. Don't make the wife pay for it in money ...........
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Steam cleaning is the best option to clean the rugs.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I wash Mine in a front load washer & air dry them twice a year for all my cars. A carpet steam cleaner has never got them this clean & there's no residue left over to pick up & hold dirt.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I wash mime from time to time in the front load washing machine - gentle cycle and they always come out looking new.
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