An industrial mat or floor mat for your car is a covering on the floor of your car that protects it from dust, debris, the elements, or anything found under the soles of your shoe when you enter your vehicle. Most cars come with default rubber mats, but you also have the option to customize them with carpet floor mats, sedan floor mats, pickup floor mats, or any custom industrial mat available. If they're damaged, you can also replace them with new ones, whether they're duplicates or upgrades of the original.
The Dos and Don'ts When Buying an Industrial Mat
Here are some recommendations you should keep in mind when buying a new set of industrial mats.
- Find matching floor mats to improve the appearance of your car interior and protect it from damage that might happen. They're available in many different sets on ecommerce sites and online automotive shops.
- Buy mats that are bigger than your original mats if you're purchasing nonspecific mats for your car. Fitment isn't as much of an issue with industrial mat shopping compared to other car parts because many universal-fit, non-vehicle-specific mats are ready to be cut down to size as needed.
- Purchase all-weather, all-season floor mats because they embody and epitomize what true industrial-grade mats are all about. These mats are perfect for climates that have dramatic seasonal changes that could pose a threat to the interior of your car.
- Search for an online aftermarket set that matches your set of industrial mats. The typical floor mat set includes passenger side, rear driver side, and front driver side floor mats. The sizes and variety of the mat changes from car to van to SUV to RV and to truck.
- Look for easy to clean and rinse mats with engineered ridges and nibs for maximum dirt, dust, mud, and debris trapping. This way, all you need to do to clean them is to take them out of your car, put soapy water on them, rinse them with your garden hose, hang them up to dry, and put them back in the car.
- Order mats with extra-thick, industrial-grade construction for durability. They should also be extensively tested for flexibility to ensure that they don't permanently bend or crack even when faced with extreme temperatures.
- DON'T get an industrial mat that reeks of a rubbery scent. Instead, opt for 100% odorless mats with no rubber smell that could cause you headaches and nausea. No, not all mats are supposed to have a stench like that and you do have a choice in buying an odorless mat.
- DON'T purchase a mat with toxic material. Instead, purchase one that's approved by some sort of automotive quality standard (like the SGS European Standard or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety and Regulations in the U.S.).
- DON'T acquire an industrial carpet floor mat if your vehicle is a heavy-duty kind of automobile that gets a lot of dirt and debris inside it. If you're a trucker, industrial-grade rubber offers the best protection compared to high-maintenance carpets that require shampooing, vacuuming, and drying.
- DON'T leave your recently bought rubber floor mats out in the sun for too long when drying them out. If you're replacing your existing mats with new mats because they've dried out altogether, then it's possible that the originals got damaged due to excessive solar exposure. Dry your new mats out with a fan or limit their sun drying time.