Keeping your car rugs clean is a real challenge, what with dirty shoes, food and drink spills that can actually ruin them. Before rushing off to purchase your car a new rug, you might actually be able to deal with the stains yourself. You would just need a few things, a bit of time and some patience to do the cleaning.
You will need the following:
- Cleaning Solvent
- Spray Bottle
- Clean Towels or Sponge
- Paper Towels
- Scraper or Spatula
- White Vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hair Dryer or Fan
After gathering all of the items above, follow these steps:
- Remove the car rugs from your car. It would be much easier for you to clean the rugs if you do so.
- Remove the residue of the stains. You can use paper towels to blot off a stain if it is still fresh and wet. A scraper or a spatula can be used to deal with older stains. Make sure you don’t scrape too hard or you might damage the rug.
- Use soap and water when dealing with non-greasy stains. Spray it onto the stained area and let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then wipe it off using a clean towel or a sponge.
- Use cleaning solvent for oil-based stains such as crayon, shoe polish or lipstick. Make sure you follow the steps indicated on the product when applying the solvent. A typical home remedy is a concoction of ¼ cup Hydrogen Peroxide to 3 cups water. Spray it onto the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You can rinse it off with a solution of ¼ cup White Vinegar to ¾ cup cold water.
- Apply shaving cream. This product sometimes does the trick; just apply it onto the stain and rinse off with water and a sponge.
- Apply baking soda to get rid of foul smelling stains. Sprinkle a few drops of water where the baking soda was applied, and let it stand overnight, and just vacuum the baking soda away.
- Dry the car rugs completely. Use either a hair dryer or a fan. Be careful not to burn or scorch the rug when using a hair dryer. You want to be sure that rugs are completely dry before replacing them in your car to avoid mold and mildew build up.
If all else fails, consult your local auto care professional, especially in dealing with large, tough stains. Most importantly, clean the spilled matter immediately. If you wait on it, chances are you will be dealing with a stubborn stain that will not come off and would need replacing.