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Cleaning floor mats by... throwing them in the washing machine?

I have the red HFP floor mats, and while still clean, i know they can get dirty easy. So i researched cleaning them because I wanted to be prepared for when they do get dirty I can just jump-on-it and not allow any potential stains settle.

Anyway, I came across a blog where a Lady had "nothing to lose" with her extremely filthy Honda Odyssey mats and threw them in the washing machine after applying a homemade stain remover. The mats looked incredible compared to her before pics.

Anyone ever try this? I had to import that mats from Canada to avoid buying the whole HFP kit, so I want to be safe.

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I have the red HFP floor mats, and while still clean, i know they can get dirty easy. So i researched cleaning them because I wanted to be prepared for when they do get dirty I can just jump-on-it and not allow any potential stains settle.

Anyway, I came across a blog where a Lady had "nothing to lose" with her extremely filthy Honda Odyssey mats and threw them in the washing machine after applying a homemade stain remover. The mats looked incredible compared to her before pics.

Anyone ever try this? I had to import that mats from Canada to avoid buying the whole HFP kit, so I want to be safe.
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Bonehead idea for the mat and the machine.....


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you will ruin the mats and the washer. It can get caught and tear mat or jam washer. toss them into storage, get weathertech floor liners. The red mats aren't going to last no matter what you do.

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Dumb Idea. The best way would be to steam clean them or clean them the way you would clean your house carpets.

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I wash our bath mats in the washing machine. They are kind of like a floormat, but I use the Gentle or Hand wash cycle and they do fine. The mats are over 5 years old (we bought the house 5 years ago) and look fine.

Again, at the end of the day you have to do what you are comfortable with. Maybe put your stock mats in for a whirl and see what comes up.

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As others have said, very bad bad idea. It could potentially mess up both the mats and the washer. My go-to products are and

Best practice: try any products on a small corner before going crazy with it. If you clean crap as soon as possible after it gets dirty you will save yourself a lot of time as well as lengthen the life of the mats. If you want to get real fancy you can use a steamer or a smaller version of a hot water extraction machine (that stuff you rent at the supermarket). I never let my mats get too dirty so I've never needed more than APC or 303.

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I'd say you are better off soaking them or steam cleaning.

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I say go for it, never know until you try. I also thought I saw in another thread you ordered a second set anyways.

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Rent a carpet extractor from Home Depot tool rental (approx $21 for 4 hours). Clean the carpets in your house then use the included stairs attachment to do the car mats.

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How about just a full service carwash and have them clean the mats for you really good.

If you do that though, please don't go to Danny's.

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Bonehead idea for the mat and the machine.....
+1, a hand held or floor model carpet cleaner would be ideal. Hosing off at the car wash or having a full service car wash do it works too.

I vacuum mine with the house vacuum and use a spray foam cleaner. I have used on the filthy kid damaged Ody a hand held house shampoo unit called a Spot Bot which worked well.

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I have used carpet shampoo, pour it on the mat, use a scrub brush to work it in and loosen the dirt, and/or a pressure washer....then use a high power wet/dry vac and **** it all out. They come out just barely damp to the touch and really clean. Then just let them air dry the rest of the way or use a hair dryer to finish them off and maybe a light brush with a medium bristle brush....

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I have used carpet shampoo, pour it on the mat, use a scrub brush to work it in and loosen the dirt, and/or a pressure washer....then use a high power wet/dry vac and **** it all out. They come out just barely damp to the touch and really clean. Then just let them air dry the rest of the way or use a hair dryer to finish them off and maybe a light brush with a medium bristle brush....

haha, it starred out the work S U C K.....

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Great technique that I have used.

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Rent a carpet extractor from Home Depot tool rental (approx $21 for 4 hours). Clean the carpets in your house then use the included stairs attachment to do the car mats.
You beat me to it. I was going to say the same. Get something made to clean that sort of thing. Why risk it?


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