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Car Carpet Cleaning:  No one particularly enjoys cleaning carpets whether it's the office, home or your car.  However, taking the time to clean your car carpet at least a couple times a year can make a difference in the overall maintenance of your vehicle and can impact its trade-in/resale value.

You can have your vehicle professionally detailed, but that's pretty expensive and cleaning the car carpets yourself really doesn't take that long.

Car Carpet Cleaning Steps:

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #1:

  • Remove all loose items in your car.  You don't want things impeding your progress,
  • Trash any trash items that may be in the car,
  • Put up anything that needs putting up such as napkins in the glove box, etc.

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #2:

  • Remove your floor mats.
  • Shake them out,
  • Vacuum them thoroughly,
  • Place them aside until you're done.

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #3:

  • Vacuum your car thoroughly, 
  • Don't forget about between and under the seats,
  • Don't forget to vacuum the trunk (if you want the carpet in the trunk clean as well).

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #4:

  • Choose a good carpet cleaner,
  • Make sure the cleaner is safe for cars,
  • Be sure to test it on a spot that won't be seen,
  • Only test a very small spot,
  • The trunk or under a seat are good spots to test.
  • If the cleaner shrinks or discolors the carpet, you won't have ruined the entire carpet area.
  • If it does shrink or discolor, find another cleaner.

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #5:

  • Have a good sturdy brush on hand,
  • You can even get one that can attach to a cordless drill for extra power!

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #6:

  • Follow the carpet shampoo manufacturers' directions for use,
  • Typically, this is spray thoroughly but don't saturate the carpet area,
  • Be sure to shampoo the car mats as well,
  • Let sit for the time specified on the instructions,
  • Using the brush, scrub in circular motions,
  • Repeat as necessary on tough stains or problem areas,
  • While not specific to car carpets, you might want to check out these stain removal tips and stain removal chart.

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #7:

  • Depending on the manufacturer's directions, you need to either vacuum the carpet or
  • Wipe it down with a damp (not soggy) rag,
  • Don't get the carpet too wet as it can cause mold and mildew,
  • Try to get up as much of the shampoo as possible.

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #8:

  • Pat down with old towels to get up as much moisture as you can,
  • Don't forget to wipe down the car mats and allow them to dry,
  • Open all doors and windows and allow the carpet to dry thoroughly,
  • You can even put box fans to blow on the carpet to help with drying time

Car Carpet Cleaning - Step #9:

  • Once the carpet and mats are thoroughly dry, replace the carpet mats
  • If the mats have locks (usually on the driver's side), be sure to lock them in place.

Congratulations on a job well done!

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