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Old 12-25-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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carpet mats in washing machine?

i just put in my rubber winter mats... just wondering if i can throw my black carpet mats in the washing machine\

was thinking to vaccum first and then wash them and dry them
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:49 PM   #2
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:20 PM   #3
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:55 PM   #4
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I put my winter rubbers in. I vacuumed my summer mats, and then went over them with a carpet/rug cleaner. The wife happened to be cleaning the floors, so it was a little convenient for me. They came out perfectly and I let them air dry.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:59 PM   #5
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I put mine in the wash and then in the dryer on like air dry. then when the cycle was done I laid them flat overnight. Normally I wash them by hand with car wash soap, scrub with my tennis shoe (the ones with think traction) or brush, rinse with water, let air dry.

It's carpet it should be fine.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:00 PM   #6
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Well....there's foam on the back. I guess it depends on the condition of the mat. I don't think I would do it but who knows.....sure would be an easy way to clean the mats. Just FYI, the dry cleaners do a great job on the rugs in my house. I bet they could do the floor mats.

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Old 12-25-2007, 08:25 PM   #7
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A carpet shampooer would be the best bet. That's what it's made for.
Putting floor mats in a washing machine is probably going to damage one or the other...IMHO. Pick up the "Green Machine" by Bissel and you can also do the carpets in the car whenever you want to. It fires high pressure soapy water into the carpet, then vacuums it and the dirt out in the same pass.
Works great! You'll find friends you never knew you had too. Just don't let the wife, mother, or girl friend see you doing it or you'll be doing the house carpets too!
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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NO!!!

At least not in a washing machine with an agitator. I attempted this once with my old grey mats. The washing machine ripped the felt backing to shreds.

Had to purchase new mats. Go for a carpet cleaner or take them to the dry cleaners.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:16 PM   #9
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Well....there's foam on the back. I guess it depends on the condition of the mat. I don't think I would do it but who knows.....sure would be an easy way to clean the mats. Just FYI, the dry cleaners do a great job on the rugs in my house. I bet they could do the floor mats.

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there's no foam on the back, it's rubber. it's just the same as you would wash your bathroom mats. Both have the same type of back, but floor mats are thicker. Why would anyone take them to the cleaners?

@james2538 you probably had the dryer set on high heat. this is why you would use the Air dry setting.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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I have always put my floor mats in my washing machine. My parents do have one of those nice front loading machines so there is no agitator. They always come out clean and then I just let them air dry.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:10 PM   #11
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hey guys... i did it... front load washer for 25 min on quick wash.....

now just letting it air dry... works great
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there's no foam on the back, it's rubber. it's just the same as you would wash your bathroom mats. Both have the same type of back, but floor mats are thicker. Why would anyone take them to the cleaners?

@james2538 you probably had the dryer set on high heat. this is why you would use the Air dry setting.
They were ruined before I even got to the dryer. The agitator ate them alive. On my carpet mats I have foam backing. The part with the velcro. That is what was destroyed.

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hey guys... i did it... front load washer for 25 min on quick wash.....

now just letting it air dry... works great
As long as your washing machine has no agitator (ie: front load) your good to go!

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Old 12-26-2007, 08:02 PM   #14
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I wash my carpets once every month in my (agitator) washing machine. Twelve cycles later, and they still look new, foam backing is perfect. I use the gentle/intermittent agitation setting. I bought a set of OEM all weathers, but didn't like em much. After the washer, I throw them in the dryer.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:19 PM   #15
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DO NOT put ur matts in the washing machine just vacum them and brush the with a brush, water and relevant detergent!!!!
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:52 PM   #16
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Well....I'll say this....I AM going to try putting them in my front loader. I also have used the high pressure car wash spray....now that works great at getting the deep down stuff. Oh yeah.....I have OEM mats and they have foam on the back, not rubber.

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:07 PM   #17
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Dang it, now you guys want to make me try it, you saw the pics, mine are nasty. Hold on, getting the mats...OK, they are in, top loading washing machine, put them on hot wash, 8 min delicate, even threw in my Downey ball. Will let you know how it turns out once I throw them in the dryer. Just floor mats, nothing like an experiment. Mythbuster challenge??
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:21 PM   #18
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Well, update, my 04 coupe pads came out the washer, foam backing and all, nice and clean, smelling like Downey. In the drier right now on gentile. It works fine. Sad thing is with the snow and mud....will be back to what they looked like tomorrow. Have no fear, just some dang floor mats.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:30 PM   #19
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I do this all the time .... works great!!
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:56 PM   #20
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I feel like an azz saying this, put I use my rubber mats all year round. My front carpets were dirty as hell and shredded underneath the foam area when I bought the car in november. I decided to buy rubber mats and wash them whenever I wash the car.
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