How to Clean Mats that Cause Foul Smell in Car

If you're among the car owners who cannot stand driving a stinky car with a dirty, soiled, or otherwise foul-smelling interior, then there are ways you can go about cleaning it out.

You can open your car doors in the daytime in order to remove any muskiness in your vehicle from being parked for a long time. Do it while there's still daylight to avoid having mosquitoes nest in your car.

What's more, you can use activated charcoal to absorb any smells your vehicle has as well as those pine-tree-scented air fresheners to mask the smell in the meantime. However, what if the smell is coming from your car matting itself?

Car Mat Cleaning and Odor Removal

  • DIY Car Mat Cleanup: You don't need to replace your car mats or spend a single dime via carwash just to get clean carpeting. Instead, you can effectively clean it on your own with the right techniques and due diligence. Before anything else, you should save battery life by disconnecting your car battery. Afterwards, leave your car doors open. Afterwards, take out the auto mats that you wish to clean.
  • A Bucket with Car Shampoo Solution: You should now mix water and carwash shampoo such as KevianClean Car Wash Shampoo in order to clean your mat. You also have the option to use the KevianClean Interior Defense spray for quick cleaning in case your mat isn't as filthy, grimy, or dusty as your car finish when it's left parked outside for a long time. You also have the option to use an upholstery shampoo solution on your mat if you wish.
  • Thorough Scrubbing: You should scrub your mats thoroughly with your shampoo mixture and a scouring pad with sponge reserved for mat cleaning (don't use it on anything else) with an eye for detail to ensure every nook and cranny is cleaned. Afterwards, get a bucket of clean water in order to wash away all the filthiness captured by the shampoo and its suds. Scrub gently but firmly then rinse thoroughly. Don't scrub too hard that you're tearing the mat material apart.
  • Vacuum and Clean: While waiting for your mats to wind-dry or air-dry themselves (don't use the sun to dry them because it might degrade the material), you can vacuum the seats and repeat doing so multiple times, especially within the folds and the tight spaces where dirt can hide and accumulate. From there, use KevianClean Leather Cleaner on the upholstery to clean them quickly and use KevianClean Interior Defense for the rest of the plastic and vinyl materials on your dashboard, ceiling, console, and door panels.

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