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Whether you’ve just come in from mowing the lawns or you were out hiking, it’s easy to track grass into the car. And, while there’s normally nothing wrong with that, grass can get into your carpet and be tough to remove.
The easiest way to get grass out of your car carpet is with a vacuum cleaner. You may need to use an attachment to get into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle.
Step One: Vacuum
The first step to getting grass out of your car’s carpet is to vacuum the carpet. To vacuum the carpet, you’ll need to start by removing any mats in the car. You’ll vacuum these as well, but getting them out of the way lets you get underneath and access the carpet.
With the mats out of the way, use your vacuum’s brush attachment to loosen up the dirt and debris on your car’s carpet. Then, do the same to the mats that you removed.
Next, use your vacuum’s suction hose to suck up the remaining dirt and debris in the vehicle. You can run your vacuum cleaner over the mats as you would a rug since these are outside the car and easier to access.
Step Two: Use a Carpet Cleaner
With the vacuuming done it’s time to apply a carpet cleaner. If you’ve got a commercial carpet cleaner, just follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get your carpets cleaned.
For those who don’t have carpet cleaner on hand, you can whip up a batch of homemade cleaner. To make this cleaner, mix two parts vinegar and one part water together in a spray bottle.
Spray the cleaner on your carpet and using a scrub brush or a sponge, scrub the carpet. Allow the cleaner to sit on the carpet for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
Repeat this process with the car’s mats.
Step Three: Steam Clean
After the carpet cleaner has sat on the vehicle for a while you’ll want to steam clean the carpet and the mats. Doing so helps remove the chemicals or vinegar and water solution so that your car is fresh and clean.
Start by filling the steam cleaner with hot water. Depending on the cleaner, you can add a few drops of essential oils. Just make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first.
Then, steam clean the car by going over the upholstery, mats, and carpets. Wipe down any leather or hard surfaces on the vehicle.
Step Four: Dry
After you’ve steam cleaned the car, leave all the car doors and windows open. Any moisture left in the vehicle should evaporate fairly quickly.
You can also use a microfiber cloth to wipe up the excess water in the car. Hang drying the mats also helps air them out faster so that you can hurry up and get into a sparkling clean vehicle.
Do not replace the mats until both the car and the mats are completely dried. If you do, you run the risk of allowing mold to grow and having to clean out the vehicle a second time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Grass Scratch Your Car?
Although driving through stiff, tall grasses might scratch your car, tracking grass into your vehicle won’t scatch it up. However, it will create quite a mess and you’ll need to clean it out to make sure your vehicle doesn’t get dirtier or that the grass doesn’t leave stains.
How Do You Get Dirt Out of Your Car Carpet?
You can get dirt out of your car carpet with a vacuum, a carpet cleaner, and finally a steam cleaner. Just make sure to carefully wipe down all surfaces in the car to ensure that there’s no lingering dirt on spots that aren’t on the carpet.
How Do You Get Oil Out of Trunk Carpet?
Regardless of what part of the car you’re cleaning, you should use a vacuum cleaner and a carpet cleaning agent to get the oil out of your trunk. This helps ensure that you deep clean the vehicle and fully remove any lingering dirt, oil, or grass in the car.