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Car Detailing Tips: Rid Your Floor Mats of Winter Salt Stains

No matter how careful you are to knock snow from your boots before entering your car, it’s inevitable that snow and salt will find their way onto your floor mats causing unsightly stains. Luckily, there are a few easy methods for removing salt stains from your fabric car mats. Learn more below.

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How to Remove Salt Stains From Fabric Car Mats

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If you already have an automotive carpet cleaner that you love, you can try to use it as directed on the package to remove salt stains from your floor mats and carpeting. However, before dousing everything in the cleaning liquid, we highly recommend testing a small area to make sure the chemicals in the cleaner don’t have a negative reaction with the salt leaving you with an even larger problem than before.

Vinegar and Water

One cheap and easy solution to rid your interior of pesky salt stains is a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Mix the vinegar and water in spray bottle and spray it all over your floor mats letting it soak in for a few minutes. Then, use a stiff bristled brush to give everything a good scrub. Finally, use a damp cloth, damp sponge, or ShopVac to soak up any leftover liquid. Vinegar is a strong smell, so be sure to let your car air out completely or clean and dry the floor mats outside of your vehicle to reduce the vinegar smell in your car.

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To avoid the hassle of cleaning your fabric floor mats in winter, consider upgrading to custom all-weather floor mats that will protect your interior from the elements. Bonus, they are much easier to clean. Simply remove them from your vehicle and spray them down with a hose. Toyota floor mats made specifically for your model can be purchased at the Ackerman Toyota service center in St. Louis or online directly from Toyota.