How to Make WeatherTech Mats Look New

WeatherTech Floor Mat on the driver side Source: Weathertech

Does it seem like you can’t get all the dirt stains off of your WeatherTech mats no matter how much you scrub or rinse them off? Here’s an easy guide on how to clean WeatherTech Mats:

1. Hose them down

Remove the retention hooks from each hole in your floor mats. Once removed from your car, shake your floor mats to get rid of the loose dirt. Use a water hose to spray dirt away.

If you do not have a water hose, you may use your tub as an alternative to wash your floor mats.

2. Use an All Purpose Cleaner (APC)

Spray APC all over the floor mat and let it sit for a couple of seconds. Mix a bucket of water with a few drops of mild liquid detergent or dish soap (or fill your tub with water and liquid detergent). You will need it for the next step. If you don’t have APC, a liquid detergent or dish soap may do.

However, WeatherTech advises not to use heavy degreasers or anything stronger than liquid detergents as they may damage floor mats. Damage or wear due to severe abrasive conditions, chemical contamination, vehicle accidents, misuse, abuse, incorrect installation, incorrect use, etc. are excluded from WeatherTech Warranty.

WeatherTech has TechCare® Floor Liner and Floor Mat Cleaner to help remove dirt from your floor mats. The TechCare FloorLiner and Floor Mat Cleaner is a custom-engineered and phosphate-free formula containing biodegradable ingredients. This may be the best way to clean WeatherTech Mats as it is made specifically for WeatherTech. Simply spray the formula all over the floor mats then scrub it using a medium bristle brush.

 

TechCare Floor Liner and Floor Mat Cleaner Spray by WeatherTech Source: Weathertech

You can avail WeatherTech TechCare® Floor Liner and Floor Mat Cleaner from JC Whitney by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/2GMi6iT

3. Scrub it

Using a soft cleaning brush, scrub all the sides of the mat until it’s clean. Scrub the ridges a little bit more to remove dirt stuck in between. Continue doing this until all marks and dirt are gone.

4. Rinse away and dry up

Rinse the floor mat using water hose (or refill your tub with clean water) until all traces of soap have been removed. Dry the floor mats thoroughly using towel or air-dry them before reinstalling in your car. Don’t forget to reattach the retention hooks so that the floor mats won’t slip.

Author: JC Whitney

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40 Comments

  1. What’s the best thing to use on the weather tech car mats after cleaning the mats to put a shine or make them look like new without being slippery

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    • Hi Dave! Glad you asked. You may use WeatherTech’s TechCare FloorLiner & Floor Mat Protector once you finished cleaning your mats. Simply spray them lightly and use a damp sponge or cloth to spread the product then let it dry. This formula adds an anti-slip finish to your WeatherTech mats.

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    • I agree we got our Westhertech floor mats for our new car and they look like crap too. The regular rubber mats that I got from the dealer I can do all that they state and they look good.

      So what I now do after I wash them, is I apply a Lester cleaner on them and they look newer again, or an armor all.

      WeatherTech should take a page out of the automobile play book, on how to keep the mats looking new, they are hard plastic that looks crappy once they get dirty. I’m ashame to let folks into my vehicle, but I tell them, they are WeatherTech and they say, “won’t be buying them. “

      Weathertech why should we reach out to you, you reach out to us for a fix cause these were not cheap!!!!

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  2. I did everything you recommended and they look like crap. How can I make them look good again?

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    • Hi Jennie, could you please describe in more detail the condition of your WeatherTech floor mats? We can reach out to WeatherTech if needed.

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      • I have the same problem I clean and rinse and repeat several times but the mats look horrible.
        They are not Cheap
        And I’m very disappointed in them

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        • Hi Eugene! Could you also please describe further your WeatherTech floor mats’ condition so we can reach out to WeatherTech regarding this?

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        • I have used weather tech in all my vehicles and they are great at protecting the carpet. However, I hate the dirt stains that never come out no matter what you do. How do I get the shine back so they look new. When spending a couple hundred dollars it’s upsetting that they look like crap after a few months. I have the weather tech cleaners thinking that would make a difference but NOPE.

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  3. You literally just told us to use soap and water, then dry them. Thanks for the great idea. Can’t believe we never thought of using the same process we use for everything

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    • Hi Jon! We appreciate your feedback. It may sound simple, but it’s the best way to make your WeatherTech mats look new. It just goes to show that while WeatherTech mats are unmatched in quality, they are not high-maintenance items. We also highly recommend using the WeatherTech TechCare® Floor Liner and Floor Mat Cleaner for best results.

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      • I have all the cleaners and it doesn’t make a difference what so ever.

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      • Weather tech floor liners are a complete waste of money if your wanting to keep a clean look for your liners ! I’ve now owned several pairs of weather tech and will never purchase again. Once the clean black coating is gone the liners are horrible looking !!! Never again

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  4. Tried everything…even baking soda and water…vigorous scrubbing even. Still stained and do NOT look new. 🙁

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    • Hi Deanna! Could you please describe your WeatherTech mats’ condition in detail? We can gladly reach out to WeatherTech to assist us further.

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      • Thanks for not answering these questions JC. The weather tech cleaner DOESNT WORK! The mats lose their shine almost immediately and your product does not fix it. All the people on here agree. I’d like a reply to that.

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  5. I have a tire spray that makes my tires looks shiny and brand new. Can I use this product on the floor mats once I have thoroughly cleaned them?

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    • Hi Michael! We highly advise not to use any strong chemicals not approved by WeatherTech as it may cause chemical contamination. We still recommend WeatherTech TechCare® Floor Liner and Floor Mat Cleaner for best result.

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  6. After cleaning my mats with soap and water like you recommended I still have mud/dirt stains in the mats. I have scrubbed with brushes and nothing seems to make the stains disappear.

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    • Hahaha.its uncleanable. Mine always has dirt stains no matter what I try to clean it with.

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      • Mine look terrible too…..I’m so disappointed! Hosed down, used dish soap and sponge, scrubbed, rinsed off and dried. Still looks dirty. Not happy with this…

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  7. I scrub my floormats with a brush and liquid soap. I got them new this past Christmas (2018). The are 4 months old, and look terrible. I hate to have to buy 35$ cleaner only to find out that it doesn’t work. Maybe you can send me a sample and if it works, I will purchase the cleaner. I am disappointed in the way the mats look. They cost a lot and I would not recommend this product at this time.

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    • I guess I’ve been lucky- I just put WTs in a third vehicle and have had great success keeping them clean with car washing soap and water. Maybe the trick is to vacuum and wipe them with a damp cloth weekly…that’s the only thing I do between washes and they have been wonderful in a Silverado, Camaro, and Audi. Hope this helps.

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  8. love the liners but they do not come clean…done the soft brush and only have used dawn and tried purple power….

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  9. It’s true what people are saying. The weathertech floor mats look like crap after a few months no matter what you do. I’ve even thought about painting them.

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  10. I see that I’m not the only one disappointed with Weather Tech floor mats looking horrible (dirty) even after cleaning them. Mine are black and even after scrubbing them with soap and water they still look dirty. I even tried foaming bathroom cleaner on them and they are still dirty. I would like to try Armor All but afraid that will make them worse.

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    • Hi Mike! Some get results from using black trim restorer but Weathertech advises not to use products they don’t approve to ensure the quality of your Weathertech mats.

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      • I just did everything you advised and like everyone else has said my mats are grey and not black (I’d upload a picture for you to see if this allowed). VERY DISAPPOINTED

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    • I use Armor all on my mats after washing them with car washing soap. Just make sure to wipe them dry after applying the Armor All and only to the front of them, not the back that comes in contact with the carpet. They will also be slippery for a few days after cleaning but look great. Hope this helps?

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  11. I feel that these mats are next to impossible to get back to a near original black color. They have a white hue over them that can not be removed. The best results I have gotten is after using the Weathertech cleaner and conditioner, and it dries, I place a coat of a citrus base cleaner. It comes black but smells like orange or a strong citrus smell. Hope you can try this to see if your results improve.

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  12. Glad to know I am not alone. I thought I was doing something wrong. I bought a new car. Protecting it with weather tech. Well the car still looks good. Weather tech not so much. Spent a lot of money on this product and I’m very dissatisfied. Looks terrible.

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  13. Have weather Tech matts in 3 cars- DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY. My matts never come clean- seem to always be stained-tried everything to clean them, such a scam for the price I paid- will never recommend these to anyone- they look great until you use them. Weather Tech might need help with the Technology to make them look good again. Too bad there is not one good comment on this product. The OEM Matts even shine again, what gives ?

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  14. I agree with all here; living in PA, my mats are subjected to whatever my boots come in contact with…salt, ice melt, mud, etc. They never come clean, and the way they make my clean vehicle look trashy is very disappointing. On the upside, my car specific mats (underneath) look like factory new, and should still be pristine when I trade the vehicle!

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    • Hi Micki! We appreciate your feedback and we’re very sorry to hear this. We will reach out to Weathertech and inform them about your experience.

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  15. I totally agree… I am so frustrated. I have a brand new Jeep and the interior of my car looks like my car is 30 years old. I agree they protect the carpet but what a joke on ascetics. I don’t recommend !!!!

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    • Hi Peggie! Thank you for your feedback. Some get results from using alternative methods (black trim restorer, etc.), but Weathertech highly advises against the use of strong chemical products as they can compromise the quality of the mats.

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  16. I’m having the same experience everyone else is having. I love the way these looked when new, and the perfect fit. But, followed the cleaning instructions and despite the fact that I scrub, and scrub, and scrub, and scrub. The dirt stains won’t come out. It’s nice that they’re made in the USA, but they need to work on the staining issue.

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    • I am having the same staining problem as the others. The mats look horrible. I thought maybe I would try something like vinegar and water, since detergent doesn’t seem to work, even with scrubbing.

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    • Hi Rick! We appreciate your feedback here in our blog. We’re very sorry to hear this but this article is just a general guide on how to clean your WeatherTech mats. We may reach out to WeatherTech for further assistance regarding their product.

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  17. We bought the Husky liners for our new Escape and love them. They fit much better and clean easier than the Weather Tech I have in my Explorer. Spent $700 on Weather Tech floor liners, including cargo mat, and a few years later they look horrible.

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  18. I purchased weather tech floor mats (black) and liked them until winter came. I got a lot of dirt on them, and the dirt stains, even after having it professionally detailed still come back. I tried all different types of finish to bring the black shine back and nothing worked. Please advise. I am not recommending this product.

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