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The carpets of the car suffer immense wear. They support our weight with all kinds of shoes, and suffer constant friction by the movement of our feet, in search of comfort. Therefore, we must give an adequate maintenance so that they are always kept in perfect condition.

Cleaning under car mats

Depending on the make and model of your car, underneath the carpets, you will have a closed cubicle of various materials, mostly plush. We must keep them in good condition, as they are the ones that ensure a good fixation to car mats.
At least once a week, remove the rubber mats, folding them towards the center to avoid spreading the dirt. Remove and clean the bottom carpet with a vacuum cleaner, rubbing the brush vigorously. You can do a more thorough cleaning, sprinkling baking soda and let it act at night, to suck in the morning. This cleaning will not only remove pebbles and other dirt that could affect the carpet's rubber mats, it will also reinvigorate the texture of the interior carpet, leaving it more fluffy and fit to secure the rubber, either thanks to its rough texture of the face Inferior, or by strips of velcro that you can adhere with universal glue. Thus, carpets will never slip.

Cleaning the car's rubber carpet

Once the rubber carpet is removed from your car, shake it to remove any dirt. To clean it, nothing is better than simple warm water with detergent for dishes concentrated. This will leave them clean and shiny, well moisturized. After brushing, rinse with hot or warm water and let dry, always hanging in the shade, as the sun and excessive heat can dry and alter them.

After cleaning and drying, check the rubber mat to analyze the damage and bad sectors. This not only responds to an aesthetic question of the car, but a damaged carpet could cut, move, settle behind the pedals preventing its proper operation; This is potentially a great danger for the driver and the rest of the occupants of the car.

If you notice that the rubber mat has damage, you should repair it immediately. With the carpet totally dry and cold, measure a piece of sturdy fabric (can be jean or denim, or other similar fabric) and trim, exceeding the total crack size or damage. Apply two-component glue or contact cement on the fabric, in a thin layer, and do the same around the broken area of your car's rubber mat, for the reverse. Let the glue bake until it has a bite but does not stick to your fingers, and place the clipping cloth, making some pressure.

This technique will be applicable for breaks in the center or in the contours of the carpet, where pieces will not be missing. If there are missing debris, you can replace them with rubber scraps (broken or punctured hot water bags are ideal for these jobs). Finally, you can take advantage of the time to attach velcro straps (the rough part or hooks), to leave the carpet clean, firm and fixed in place.


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