For lighter mud, food and other stains
For this first and easier method you will need to get everything you need for the job together. You will need our awesome Fabra Cadabra fabric cleaner, our soft horse hair Plush Brush, a Dirty Deeds microfibre cloth and a decent wet and dry vacuum (most auto shops have more than a few to choose from). It's preferrable to do this job in the shade, on a day that's not too cold or raining. If the stains are in your mats, pull them out of the car. It's also important to do this job in smaller sections or one mat at a time.
How we approach it.
1. Get your Dirty Deeds microfibre cloth wet with water and then wring out as much as you can. With a gentle blot technique (don't rub), pull off and away as much of the heavier material sitting on top of the carpet as possible with the cloth. Don't rub it in! You don't want to push the foreign materials back deeper into the carpet or fabric it's resting upon. It's also important to keep blotting on a new, clean bit of the microfibre cloth, so keep turning the cloth often to a new side with each area, otherwise you could transfer some of the food stain back from your cloth, into the area you are trying to clean.
2. Then get the vaccum cleaner, with the crevice tool attachment (use this as it has the best suction) and methodically clean the entire surface first in an up/down motion and then a side to side direction.
3. Now get the Fabra Cadabra, mist it over the area you're cleaning, spraying a little extra on the sections the stains are. Just get it slightly damp to touch, do not drown or oversaturate it. Leave it to sit for a minute - the way Fabra Cadabra works is to release the stains and bonded particles from the fibres of the material, while not doing anything to affect the feel or colour of the cloth.
4. After waiting that minute, get the soft bristle Plush Brush and gently rub it back and forth over the area you have sprayed, again use it in an up/down direction and then a side to side motion. If the stains are in a harder to reach section that the Plush Brush cannot get into, you can use our "The Pouncer" round detailing brush from The Foursome brush set. Spray some Fabra Cadabra into the bristles and gently rub back and forth over the area you need to clean.
5. The moment you are finished, get the vaccum ready and use it in the same up and down motion, followed by a side to side motion over the surface. It's very important you do this right after as you do not want to let the Fabra Cadabra dry, as all the stain particles that were bonded on the carpet or fabric are now released and you need to suck them up into the vaccum. If it's left to dry they will bind back onto the fibres. Hold the crevice tool more flat and go extra slow over areas where the worst of the staining is as well. Inspect the material; if there's still any stains remaining, repeat the cleaning process with the Fabra Cadabra once again. If the stains are more pronouced, you will need to move onto the next method we have with more intensive machine cleaning.
6. After you're done, put the mat in the sun for an hour or two to dry, or leave the car with the doors open or windows down in the sun for the day so it can dry out. Once dry, vaccum the area once more to pull out the last of the stain or food particle remnants from the material. If the cleaned area is lighter or patchy, the entire carpet is most likely dirty, so clean the entire area for a more even result. As a nice way to finish, you can spray the mat or carpet with a few mists of our Pong-Go spray to remove any last remaining smells than might be in the mats or carpet.