How to shampoo car carpet?

Zach Waxer
by Zach Waxer

As a car owner who takes pride in keeping my vehicle clean, I'm on a mission to get my car carpets looking spotless.

Could you please share your expertise and provide detailed instructions on how to effectively and easily shampoo car carpets?

I'm eager to learn the best techniques, recommended products, and step-by-step guidance to achieve a successful carpet cleaning.

Looking forward to hearing your recommendations.

how to shampoo car carpet
How to shampoo car carpet
  14 answers
  • First vacuum any loose dirt. You can use any carpet cleaner. Spray on carpet and scrub any stains with a soft brush. Let it dry and then vacuum again.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 31, 2023

    I buy shampoo for the carpet and then vacuum well and clean the carpet and let it dry I do it usually a couple times a year

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 31, 2023

    I make sure I have good rubber floor mats to protect the carpet. Never fully shampoo it, only spot clean. Doing a normal cleaning like you would in a house will result in just pushing the problem deeper in the carpet. Instead, use spot shot or Campanelli spot remover. You might want to consider going to a car wash that has the "free" (have to pay for a wash) vacuum to get powerful suction. Once you have it cleaned, spray with a protectant.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 31, 2023

    Vacuum your car carpet well and get the small lint, sand, etc. out of the corners using a vacuum's crevice tool. You can use a regular carpet shampooer's upholstery attachment to clean the car's carpet. Just mix the shampoo as directed on the machine, shampoo, and then suck up the liquid left in the carpet. Let dry well before using the car.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 01, 2023

    Start with a powerful vacuum cleaner to pull out what is in the carpet, I do this often because of what gets tracked in. You can buy hand held carpet shampoo canister, I like the one by Turtle Wax. It is for carpets and mats and puts down a silicone finish to further protect. Also, I use rubber floor mats, they work best for us and a lot less scrubbing and spot or stain removal.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 01, 2023

    I also have good mats in my car. I only vacuum the carpet underneath the mats. I take my mats out and use a hose and believe it or not Dawn dish detergent. Rinse and let dry in the sun, then fluff.

  • Start by using a strong vacuum cleaner to remove anything already embedded in the carpet; I frequently do this because of what is tracked in. You can get a hand-held carpet shampoo canister; the Turtle Wax model is my favorite. It applies a silicone gloss to carpets and mats to better protect them. Additionally, I choose rubber floor mats because they require the least amount of scrubbing and stain removal for us.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 02, 2023

    Hi Zach, hope this helps you out. you can make a solution of cleaner using your fave cleaner, I like Mr clean. I put 2 tablespoons of this into an 8 ounce bottle.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 23, 2023

    I would rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store, they will have a recommended hard core deep cleaning solution to put in it. Last time I rented one it wasn't more than $30 for the day.

  • Hi Zach! You can watch this video for more information. Hope this helps!

  • I vacuum them well and always make sure to have mats in the car to protect the carpet. If they do get dirty or stained, I take my small steamer and use it on the spots. That's usually enough to loose the stain and then I let it dry and vacuum again.

  • Zach Waxer Zach Waxer 5 days ago

    Great advice, thank you