Removing Sand From Car Carpets & Mats

After nearly a few decades of detailing customer cars, I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats.
With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats.
You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too aggressive. Also…don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic surfaces.

Sand can often be very awkward and time consuming to remove from carpets and mats. Once trodden in it works it’s way to the bottom of the fibres of the upholstery and will remain there until it is dealt with properly.
I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats. With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats. You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too agressive. Also, don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic.

The brush attachment will make quick work of the sand in the carpets and seats.

The second step is to lay the mats down and use a stiff bristled upholstery or detailing brush to agitate them.
This will further help to release any ingrained particles from the fibres, lifting them up to the surface. Work the brush in alternate directions and ensure all areas are sufficiently agitated.
After brushing the mats the third step is to give them a thorough vacuum. A crevice tool type attachment should be used as this provides the best possible suction.
Again, vacuum the mats in alternate directions and continue to do so until all the sand has been removed. If initially, you sufficiently beat them then vacuuming should not keep pulling up sand, if it does however you should go back to the first step and repeat the process.
If the carpets of your car have been affected with sand deposits they too should be dealt with in a similar manner. Obviously you cannot beat the carpets like you can the mats, but instead you can simply use your hands to pat down on the surface.
The vibrations of this patting down will help the bring ingrained sand particles up to the surface which can then further be agitated with the brush and thoroughly vacuumed up.

Sand is one of the most awkward things to clean up and remove from the interior of a car and it can take a little time and persistence to successfully remove heavily affected areas but if you follow this method it will help to speed up the process and achieve successful results.

Think about replacing mats with rubber ones that can be taken out and hosed down.
Most cars would be better with rubber mats in high use areas if
If mats have had a lot of use and looking worn and have very embedded sand.
May be time to replace them…
Universal mats are not to expensive some also have Logos
Dealer mats can be expensive.
My suggestion most cars need carpet mat replacements ever 12 months.
Unless your cleaning the car carpets regular basis.

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