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FLOOR MAT

Car floor mats help drivers to maintain the interior of their vehicle, especially if they live in an area that is prone to bad weather.

INSTALL LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

VERY EASY

What is a Floor Mat

Carpet or rubber mats designed to protect the floor of a vehicle from outside dirt, debris, and other elements, floor mats typically come standard with a new vehicle, but a number of aftermarket replacements and custom options are also available. Floor mats can be easily removed, cleaned, and replaced.

How Does a Floor Mat Work?

Car floor mats come in all shapes and sizes, but must be carefully designed so that they do not pose a safety hazard. Rubber mats are made in such a way that they attract and retain particles of dirt and moisture on top and have slightly raised edges so that this debris cannot escape to the carpet underneath. All floor mats are designed so that they adhere to the carpet below through the use of special spikes or similar protrusions that help grip the underlying carpet, while some of them will be designed with fixation points that adhere to other points on the body of the car. Carpet mats may be designed with a special layer of rubber on the back, to ensure that they don’t slip, especially when the driver applies forward pressure to the brake pedal.

How Is a Floor Mat Made?

All-weather floor mats are specially designed for extreme weather conditions and will feature channels that are sculpted into the top surface in order to collect dirt and debris. Typically, they will feature a heavy-duty polyethylene core in between two layers of vinyl or thermoplastic material, so that they will not only function correctly but won’t deteriorate in harsh weather. Carpet-based mats, on the other hand, are typically made from sturdier fabrics than the underlying carpet to help them stand up to wear and tear more effectively. Usually, carpeted mats are specially treated with chemicals so that they resist staining.

Why Do Floor Mats Fail?

  • They may deteriorate over time and allow debris to stain the carpet beneath.
  • Fastenings may fail and allow the mat to move forward and enter the foot well.

What Are the Symptoms of Failure?

  • An increasing need to thoroughly clean the underlying carpet.
  • Difficulty in pressing the throttle, brake or clutch pedal.

What Are the Implications of Failure?

  • Additional cost associated with excess cleaning.
  • Potential loss of control of the vehicle.

Floor mats are made to be durable and long lasting, so long as they are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. It’s always important to ensure that they are properly attached or secured beneath, so that they do not present a driving hazard.

If you have questions or concerns about floor mats or any of your vehicle’s components or accessories, come into your local Pep Boys where we can answer any question, help you find any part, or perform any vehicle service you might need.