Car floor mats do the job of protecting your interior from the horror show of nasty stuff on your shoes. In the summer, they collect sand from the beach. In the winter, they collect snow, salt, and dirt. Throughout the year, they keep debris from getting ground into your carpets and ruining them completely. Here’s what can happen if you don’t maintain your car floor mats or choose to not use them at all.
Protect Your Car’s Interior
Chances are good you have a doormat at the entryway to your home so people can wipe their feet before they step inside. You can’t do the same thing before getting into a car, which is why you need car floor mats.
You’re stepping right out of the snow, salt, sand, and dirt directly into your car. All that mess gets wiped from your shoes onto the carpet and it’s incredibly destructive. It might not look like a big deal, but it will ruin your interior. Especially if you live where the roads are salted in the winter, the buildup will stain your carpet and cause it to wear away. Car floor mats protect your carpet and can easily be removed and washed to keep them looking new.
It’s Good Hygiene
Your shoes touch the ground all the time, so whatever scary stuff is stuck to the soles ends up in your car the second you step inside. Consider that when you hop back into your car after stopping to use that nightmarish gas station bathroom. You just brought whatever was on that floor right inside with you for the ride.
If you don’t have floor mats, then you have to find a way to wash the actual car floor to get things clean. With floor mats, all you have to do is pop them out and give them a good scrubbing. It’s far more hygienic than letting your car’s carpeting soak up everything.
What Are Your Options?
There are a wide range of floor mats available. Fabric mats do the job just fine, but for exceptionally hard use in a vehicle that is exposed to excessive dirt or for the winter months, rubber floor mats offer extra protection. Not only will they collect dirt, but they’ll also collect the water from melted snow so it doesn’t ruin the carpet.
You can also have some fun with your floor mats. There are patterns and colors and even monogrammed mats emblazoned with the name of your car. The style is up to you, just be sure to get mats that fit your car and be sure to clean them when needed to keep your car looking its best.
Check out all the interior parts and accessories available on NAPA online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information about floor mats, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
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Nicole Wakelin covers the automotive industry as a freelance journalist for a variety of outlets. Her work includes news pieces, podcasts, radio, written reviews, and video reviews. She can be found in The Boston Globe, CarGurus, BestRide, US News and World Report, and AAA along with lifestyle blogs like Be Car Chic, The Other PTA, and She Buys Cars. She is active on social media with a large following on both Twitter and Instagram and currently serves as Vice President of the New England Motor Press Association.