If you are among those who think that the purpose of the mats is only for you to rest your feet, we are sorry to tell you that you were wrong. Car mats play a very important role in increasing the aesthetic value of your car and, as strange as it may seem to you, safety too. Passengers may see them as just an accessory, but for a driver there is a huge difference in the type of floor mats that they fit on their car.
Floor mats keep dust and dirt out of your car, absorb water from your shoes, and keep car upholstery clean. The right color will brighten your cockpit, while the right material will give it a touch of class. Therefore, it is important to choose the right floor mat for your car.
Obviously, the choice is not really easy and varies especially according to the type of material for car mats chosen.
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Types of Car Mats
The obvious choice is between car rubber mats and textile mats, but we are also going to list the sub-categories.
1. Textile mats
Car textile mats are the most readily available and cheapest. They feature a rubber back that prevents them from slipping and come with attractive colors and designs. Textile floor mats are usually universal in size and fit easily into any car. You can remove them and wash them, dust them or clean them easily even every day. However, over time they will start to fail and may even slip. They have a short shelf life compared to other products available. Car textile mats can be readily available at any auto shop, but always look for good quality ones.
2. Rubber mats for cars
Rubber mats are the strongest and most durable mats. It is very likely that you received them for free from your dealer, supplied with the car. Rubber mats do not slip, making them safe, as they do not hinder the use of the pedal. In addition, they retain moisture using the textured surface with specially designed reliefs. Rubber mats get soaked in water and mud, and they also get dirty very quickly. Plus, they’re mostly black – so don’t expect any added aesthetic value. Choose the high-quality ones and look for specific mats for your car model.
3. Car vinyl mats for all seasons
All-weather mats are made of thick vinyl material and are more durable than regular rubber mats. They have raised edges which ensure that water, dust or dirt do not spill off the mat and need to be dusted off. The mats have spikes on the back that won’t let them slip and are easy to find at retailers.
4. 3D mats
3D floor mats are the most expensive and give an aesthetic look to the premium range car. They are available in different shades such as black, beige and light brown. 3D floor mats clearly offer an excellent fit and finish to your car interior. The fit of the mat is excellent and holds in the footwell and all dust, water and dirt thanks to its grooves. However, since it is made of synthetic polymers, it does not absorb water and will need to be cleaned regularly. It also has anti-slip properties, but will need to be adjusted from time to time, especially so as not to hinder the use of the pedal. If an elegant interior atmosphere is what you want, the 3D mats are the best among those available on the market.
Things to Remember When Buying Car Mats
Whether your choice falls on textile mats or rubber mats, avoid universal fit as much as possible. It is never a good idea to choose something that should fit everything: car interiors vary greatly from model to model and we are talking about a part of the car that could potentially hinder driving by disturbing the use of the pedals. Safety comes first.
Also, always consider the kind of life you lead and the places you go most often with your car: are they full of mud? Sand? Do you live in a very rainy place? How much time do you have to dedicate yourself to cleaning the interior and washing the carpets during the month?
Once these considerations have been made, you will be ready to make a thoughtful choice between textile mats and car rubber mats.
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