WeatherTech floor mats and liners are easy to clean. If you have a garden hose, it is simply a matter of spraying the mat with it, rubbing it in with mild soap, and rinsing it off. If you live in an apartment or don't have a hose, you can easily clean it up in a bathtub.
Method 1 of 2: Clean the mat with a hose
Step 1. Remove and shake the mat
First, remove the retention clips at each hole in the mat. Then remove it from the vehicle. Shake it thoroughly to get rid of the residue.
Step 2. Use the hose
Lay the mat on the floor. If your hose has a spray nozzle, use the jet setting to remove any debris that only needs a little push to loosen. If not, soak the mat well.
Step 3. Rub it in with a mild detergent and water
Add a few drops of a mild laundry or dish soap to a bucket and fill it with water. Soak a cleaning sponge, cloth, or brush in the solution. Then rub both sides of the mat until it is clean.
- Some people use degreasers and foam cleaners to clean rugs, but Weather technology advises against using anything more abrasive than mild detergent. Well, it could cause damage to the rugs.
- Additionally, WeatherTech discourages the use of any silicone-based agent. This could cause the mats to become slippery, even after drying, which is especially dangerous in the case of the driver's side mat.
Step 4. Rinse, dry, and reinstall
Re-spray the mat with the hose until all traces of soap have been removed. You can air or towel dry it before installing it again. When you put the mat back on, make sure it's on the proper side of the vehicle (driver's side and passenger's side). Replace all retention clips to ensure the mat does not move out of place.
When you've reinstalled the driver's mat, check that it doesn't interfere with the pedals before you drive the vehicle again
Method 2 of 2: Clean the mat in a bathtub
Step 1. Take out the mat and shake it
Unhook the mat. Shake it off once you've removed it from the vehicle. Remove any residue that remains.
Step 2. Fill the bathtub with soapy water
Close the bathtub drain. Add a few drops of mild dish or laundry detergent to the bathtub. Then fill it halfway with water.
- Use only mild detergent. Stronger chemicals and abrasive agents can cause damage.
- Don't use silicone-based products. These can make the rugs unsafe and slippery.
Step 3. Soak and rub
Lay the mat in the tub - if it's especially dirty, let it soak for 10 minutes to an hour to loosen the dirt. Then scrub each side with a sponge, cloth, or cleaning brush.
Step 4. Rinse with clean water, dry, and reinstall
If the water in the tub is particularly dirty after cleaning, drain the tub and fill it with clean water to rinse. Air dry or towel dry before placing it back in your vehicle.
Step 5. Reinstall the mat
Make sure you place each mat on the proper side of the vehicle (the driver's mat on the driver's side, the passenger mat on the passenger's side). Replace the hooks to keep it in place. On the driver's side of the mat, always make sure the mat does not interfere with the pedals before operating the vehicle again.