Best Way to Clean Car Carpet

Washing and detailing your car isn't complete until you've cleaned the carpet and floor mats.

Best Way to Clean Car Carpet
Marc Slingerland
Overview
Your car's carpet is most likely one of the dirtiest places in your car. Just think about how much dirt and grime gets tracked in every time you enter the car, especially during the winter months. Fortunately, car carpet is not difficult to clean using the following tips.
Types
The most effective type of cleaner for car carpet is a foam cleaner, which can be found in most auto stores. Regular household carpet cleaner also works for small stains. If you don't have carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 tsp. dish detergent with hot water in a spray bottle.
Time Frame
Spot-cleaning your carpet will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. A full deep-clean will take about 24 hours to clean and dry thoroughly.
Prevention/Solution
Before applying carpet cleaner, remove the floor mats and vacuum the carpet thoroughly. To remove foul odors, sprinkle the carpet with 20 Mule Team Borax and allow it to sit for an hour before vacuuming (see Resources).
Spot Stains
Spray carpet cleaner evenly onto the carpet. Rub vigorously and then wipe with a dry cloth. For spot stains, spray cleaning solution directly onto stain and work it in with a hard-bristled brush, then blot dry.
Warning
Do not soak the carpet, as this could cause mold to grow. If possible, leave windows down and allow carpet to dry for 24 hours.
Resources
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Cleaning Car Carpet and Upholstery
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How to Clean Car Interior
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Purchase 20 Mule Team Borax