How to Clean Car Carpet: 5 Little-Known Secrets

Glass Cleaner for Cleaning Carpet?

Glass Cleaner Spray BottleI discovered a little-known trade secret from Meineke that plain old glass cleaner can make a great carpet and upholstery cleaner as well.

They recommend soaking the stain in the cleaning solution and then blotting it with a towel after 5 minutes. Since it is not a soap, it doesn’t leave behind a foamy residue.

Can Hair Spray Clean Car Carpet?

Top of Aerosol Hair Spray CanCheap Hair spray has also been shown to work at removing ink stains.

Saturate the marks and let sit for a few minutes to let the hair spray work its magic. Then rinse with water (a wet/dry shop vac can be handy for this task).

Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner… for Cars?

How to Clean Car Carpet with VinegarCharlene at has an all-natural homemade remedy similar to the glass cleaning solution we mentioned above.

You simply combine white vinegar and dish soap with water and spray on the carpet or upholstery. (The trick can be as simple as using a little elbow grease.)

She also recommends sprinkling baking soda on the area to be cleaned the night before if you want a deodorizer as well.

3 Tricks for Removing Tough Carpet Stains

Sometimes our carpet-cleaning projects go beyond regular dirt, scuff marks, grease and wear-and-tear. That’s when tricks-of-the-trade come in handy. Here are a few that I found on the AutoGeekOnline Forum:

  • Use Red Relief for stains made from dyes
  • Apply Kleenrite Dissolve on synthetic stains (ie wax, gum, paint, lipstick, nail polish, etc..)
  • Use an enzyme-based treatment for pet stains or other protein-based stains

Popular Mechanics says that carpet spots can also be treated with a “spot lifter“. Simply spray it on, wait and scrub out. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat for stubborn marks, but a little elbow grease can go a long way.

What’s the Secret to Clean Rubber Floor Mats?

Use the same cleaning method on the rubber as you do as the carpets. Use a stiff bristled brush for extra scrubbing power if you need it. Here’s a tip that I actually got off of eBay. When done, add a layer of liquid shoe wax to the rubber mat to help protect it and prevent future dirt from sticking.

The Deep Cleaning Carpet Method

Shop Vac with PartsAlthough you may be looking to simply remove carpet stains or debris from your vehicle, the video below provides a great step-by-step demonstration on how to deep clean your car carpet.

This strategy can come in handy if you decide to sell your vehicle or you have a large spill in your car that you need to clean up. Boy, am I happy that I have a shop vac!

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