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Mat Care



Looking after your floor mats

How to clean my door mats


Quick Clean

Almost all mats can be quickly cleaned by brushing, vacuuming or a simple shake off.

This is perfectly adequate for light dust and dirt contamination and can be performed daily or weekly depending on contamination levels.



Machine Wash

For better results, the easiest way to clean your mat is to machine wash it.

To ensure the best possible clean, your mat should be folded once or twice with the fabric side outwards as you place it into your washing machine.

Do not use fabric softener as this can counter-act the absorbent effectiveness of some fibres such as cotton.

Washing is usually enough to remove most contamination and it is probably enough to wash your mat weekly or monthly depending on contamination levels.

Warning Check your mat is machine washable before you put it in your machine as not all mats can be washed in this way. Your mat and your washing machine are at risk of damage if you do not check!

Warning Check your lint filter is clear before use and again after use. Some fabric mats can release a lot of lint during the wash cycle and possibly clog up your filter.

Warning Do not wash with any other items or garments, the tough nature of some mats are likely to damage garments and other items during the wash process. You also run the risk of dye transfer between items.

Warning For larger sized mats we strongly recommend you check the manufacturer's weight limit on your washing machine.



Removing Spots and Stains

For particular stains such as oil and deep grime, you could try a spot-cleaning method before you machine wash your mat.

There are many chemicals you can use for spot-cleaning; you should research the best solution for the fabric type of your mat.

The simplest method is to apply a little detergent (Some recommend the use of Baking Soda or Carpet Shampoo) mixed with a little water and gently agitate the area with a stiff brush.

Warning Always test on a small area first!



How to Remove Chewing Gum

A horrible substance to have to remove. There are chemicals available to break down the composition of chewing gum so it can effectively be brushed out of the fibres of your mat.

Warning These chemicals can be very strong and potentially dangerous - Use with extreme caution! Always read the label!

Warning Always test on a small area first!

An alternative method that you may want to try is 'Ice Cubes'. Leave ice cubes on the Chewing Gum until it becomes stiff enough to break off or pry off with plyers.

Warning Take care not to be too rough, this can result in loss of fibres or even a bald patch if too many fibres are pulled out with the Gum.



How to Remove Bad Odours

If your mat has a persistent bad odour you could try mixing equal parts vinegar and warm water and apply to the area with a cloth. Allow it to soak long enough to eliminate any smell (albeit temporarily replaced with a vinegar smell) before rinsing and machine washing.

A multi-surface anti-bacterial spray may also provide the required results.

Warning Always test on a small area first!



Tumble Drying

To ensure the fastest drying time, your mat should be folded once or twice with the fabric side outwards as you place it into your tumble drier.

Warning Check your mat can be tumble dried before you put it in your machine as not all mats can be. Your mat and your dryer are at risk of damage if you do not check!

Warning Check your lint filter is clear before use and again after use. Some fabric mats can release a lot of lint during the drying cycle and possibly clog up your filter.

Warning Do not tumble dry with any other items or garments, the tough nature of some mats are likely to damage garments and other items during the tumble process.

Warning For larger sized mats we strongly recommend you check the manufacturer's weight limit on your tumble dryer.



Do you have any cleaning tips to share?

Please feel free to share your experiences with us: sales@thematfactory.co.uk

Your suggestions will be posted here for others to use.

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