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Old 08-06-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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is it alright to wash my sti's floormats in the washing machine?
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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Guess you could but might mess up the machine. I would recommend just pressure washing them. Have done this many times with good results and most wash bays have clamps on the wall you can hang them form so they don't get dirty on the floor.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:43 PM   #3
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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I have washed my mats in the washer before... leaves a huge mess in your washer though. I don't think I would do it again...
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:57 PM   #5
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Guess you could but might mess up the machine. I would recommend just pressure washing them. Have done this many times with good results and most wash bays have clamps on the wall you can hang them form so they don't get dirty on the floor.
+1

Make sure you do it on a day where they will dry or you risk getting mold in your car... and thats the LAST thing you want.

Either a warm day, or a few dry days in a row...
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:57 PM   #6
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If your going to machine wash just go to a laundry mat
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:26 PM   #7
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If your going to machine wash just go to a laundry mat
+1 for screwing up someone else's washer.

If you've ever powerwashed floormats you'd know how dirty they are. The dirt just keeps coming and coming no matter how may passes you make. Helps to hang them up vertical and spray them.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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I've done it several times, just make sure you get all the little rocks out.....and just vacuum right before putting it in the washer. it will leave a mess in your dryer, you can get away with just letting it air dry for a day or two.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:04 AM   #9
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I and a friend own a detailing business together and we have cleaned many a floormat with the good 'ole pressure washer. It really is the easiest way, and won't make a mess or possibly ruin your washing machine.

Keep in mind that if they're in a washing machine and it gets out of balance it could realyl screw some things up inside there. Not saying it can't be done, but there are just better ways! Pressure washer, baby!

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Old 08-07-2009, 01:25 AM   #10
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Go to a self-use car wash.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:08 AM   #11
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yeah, not a good idea. you'll end up with alot of sand and grit in the bottom of your washer. don't ask me how i know this.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:07 PM   #12
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+1 on the pressure washer. I tried the washing machine once with my mats and one of the mats got caught under the spindle. It ate the side of my mat off. Power washing is so much easier and only takes a few minutes. I like to spray some 303 High Tech Fabric Guard on my mats once they dry.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:45 PM   #13
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+1 on the pressure washer. I tried the washing machine once with my mats and one of the mats got caught under the spindle. It ate the side of my mat off. Power washing is so much easier and only takes a few minutes. I like to spray some 303 High Tech Fabric Guard on my mats once they dry.
+1 on putting something on when you're done.

We use 3m Scotch Guard on our customer cars. Works great, and makes cleaning the next time easier.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:48 PM   #14
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There was a ton of oil spilled on teh pass. mat when I bought my car. I vac'd them real well and washed them. I put the washer on the "hand wash" setting and they faired well.

The only thing is they are a dark gray, almost black and it faded them a bit. Pressure washed probably wouldn't have done that.
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:23 AM   #15
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i suggest using a pressure washer as well. also, if you spray some carpet cleaner on them and agitate with a brush while the mat is wet, it will help with getting the dirt out. the foaming action will act as a suspender for the dirt and lift it a bit, making it easier to clean. then power wash all the chemical out (dont use too much chemical or youll be there all day). then when you have to dry them, get a pants hanger you would use to dry pants, and clip your mats and allow to hang dry. then, once most of the water has dripped out, prolly about 30 mins or so, take an ice scraper that you use to take ice off your windows and squeegee the bottoms of the mats (or vacuum if you have a wet/dry vac, which is prolly better)
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:33 AM   #16
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I would say pass on putting floor mats in the washer /dryer. if the back of the mats break down in the washer you will have a mess on your hands.

your better off doing the pressure washer method.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:30 PM   #17
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When I had carpet mats, I just lathered them up with a brush and garden hosed them down.
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Has Anyone thought about getting them Dry cleaned... i have some stains and stuff that arnt coming off with a pressure washer
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i would agree pressure washer and hang dry
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:05 PM   #20
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Has Anyone thought about getting them Dry cleaned... i have some stains and stuff that arnt coming off with a pressure washer
....try using a carpet cleaner and agitation. ....then pressure wash or thouroughly rinse with a strong stream of water.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:30 PM   #21
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I use the washer from the laundraumat out of town in order not to break my washer and let it hang dry with no issues.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:31 PM   #22
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Oxy clean works the best (RIP Mr. Mays). Dilute in garden sprayer, spray on mat, brush with bathroom cleaner brush, rinse. For the really bad stains let it sit for awhile or use a steam jet cleaner. (I am addicted to infomercials).
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Old 01-07-2010, 01:42 PM   #23
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all weather is where its at just take them out and a little soap and water with elbow grease bam your done.
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:52 PM   #24
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Has Anyone thought about getting them Dry cleaned... i have some stains and stuff that arnt coming off with a pressure washer
Just buy new ones. I picked up a set of brand new black WRX mats for $35 + shipping from genuinesubaruparts. STi ones aren't too much more than that. Even if I had spent a couple hours cleaning mine, they wouldn't have looked this good. Totally worth it IMO. Keep the old ones for when you play in the dirt.
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Just buy new ones. I picked up a set of brand new black WRX mats for $35 + shipping from genuinesubaruparts. STi ones aren't too much more than that. Even if I had spent a couple hours cleaning mine, they wouldn't have looked this good. Totally worth it IMO. Keep the old ones for when you play in the dirt.
I Think you might have the right idea... Which ones did you get for 35$?
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