HOW TO PICK THE BEST FLOOR MATS FOR YOUR CAR?
Car mats help to keep your car interior especially floor to keep tidy. In the absence of car mats, the deterioration of the interior happen quite quickly especially car floor. While getting in and out of your car, some harmful substances such as dirt, minute stones, dust or moisture can corrode or cause potential damage to your car’s floor or any other interior part. Thus, it is very important to take care of your car’s interior by using high quality car mats. Nowadays, one can come across variety of premium car mats in various designs, materials, shapes and sizes that offer highest level of protection to your car during all weather conditions.
How to pick the best mats for your car?
Choosing the right floor mats for your car should be based on a couple of things.
Mainly on the climate you live in, aesthetics, and how much money you’re willing to spend.
Regarding the climate:
If you live in a dryer climate the fabric-type floor mats will do the job just fine. All you’ll need is to dust or vacuum them from time to time. If some rain gets on them, most are impregnated on one side and a small amount of water won’t go through the carpets.
However, if you live where there’s more rain or snow, plastic or rubber ones are a must-have to prevent water from getting into the carpets and floor panels.
Then you have the aesthetic part:
Fabric floor mats are generally considered better on this part. As mentioned, they come in all sorts of color combinations and can even be bought with various insignia on them.
Very pleasant for the overall look.
As opposed to this, plastic or rubber ones usually come in one color, mostly black making them a bit dull and sort of ruining the interior look.
Regarding the money aspect:
Good quality fabric and rubber floormats cost the most while the plastic ones are usually very cheap.
If you’re buying on a budget or want to sell the car in the near future, cheaper plastic or fabric floormats will do the job just fine.
But if you want good long-lasting protection, buy quality fabric or even better rubber floormats with the ridge.
Yes, they do cost a hefty sum, but in this case, it’s more or less a one-time investment that will last for years.
One more important thing:
Whatever type you choose, try to find ones that can be attached to the floor carpet so they don’t slip. This goes double for the driver’s side so they don’t accidentally go under the pedals and jam them.
These floor mats will either have plastic round clips, velcro tapes on the bottom, or some other kind of convenient patent for attaching them to the floor carpets.
To conclude on how to pick the best floor mats for your car:
Put protection above money and aesthetics. The point is to protect the carpets but more importantly, the floor panels. The constant presence of moisture and water will lead to rust. This will eventually lead to having to change the floor panel which is a major and expensive repair.
A bit more money spent in this case will go a long way, trust me.
So, having all this in mind, the winner here would be the rubber floor mats. They provide the best protection during the whole year and if you don’t mind the aesthetic part, are the best solution.
Even If you prefer aesthetics, try a combination. Try using the fabric ones when it’s dry and the rubber ones only when it’s rainy or snowing. You can even put the rubber ones above the fabric floor mats if there’s enough room and it doesn’t jam the pedals.
On the other hand, if you want short-term protection, use plastic ones. They’re cheap and will do the job to some extent.
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