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Mats for cars


The Function, Form, and Maintenance Rules for Custom Vehicle Mats


Car mats are those pieces of fabric that rest between your feet and the actual floor of the vehicle while you’re driving it. In fact, they’re a lot like rugs or other ornamental home decorations… And just like home decorations, it’s actually very easy to customize them and make your vehicle a little more personal. Before you do, though, here are some key facts and details about the process that you can use to help you make the best choice about your mats. Click for more information.


1) Function


Mats need to be cleaned more regularly if you live in a rougher, dirtier environment. In fact, car mats are one of the places in your vehicle that are most likely to get dirty on a regular basis no matter where you live or what you do, so you should have a very good sense of how much dirt you track into your vehicle before you buy any sort of custom mat. After all, some of these mats are much easier to clean than others are.


The toughest kind of mat may not actually deserve that name, because people tend to think of cloth when it comes to mats… And metal, clearly, isn’t cloth. However, it’s very easy to clean (most of the time) and is ideal for heavy-duty use in trucks, at construction sites, and even in some of the more unique vehicles (like bulldozers) that you might find yourself in control of. Metal is harder to shape than cloth, though, so you may need to place a special order in order to get one that fits your vehicle. However, some manufacturers do offer metal mats already designed for specific vehicles. Check carefully.


Another type of car mat that stands up well to rough environments is the rubber mat, which can take mud with no problems and be easily cleaned at the end of a day. Rubber is a good protective layer (as long as you avoid metal edges) and is particularly useful in the back seats, where children with dirty shoes often go.


The other types of car mats tend to be your average cloth or fabric of some time, and the best rule of thumb is that the softer and more comfortable it is, the harder it will be to clean. Pick the car mat that suits your needs the best and you’ll do just fine. Click for more information.


2) Form


Mats tend to have customizable designs… Except for metal mats, of course, unless you’re willing to spend a lot more than average. Metal is much harder to work with. On the other hand, if you’re really looking for strength and durability, than fashionable designs are probably less important to you anyway.


If you do want a custom design for your vehicle, though, you do have a lot of options. Now, why might you want something like this? First of all, a custom design can really help if you’re changing the entire interior of your vehicle to match a specific theme. If you’re providing rental vehicles, for example, you might want to have your logo embroidered onto the mats as a way of noting ownership of the vehicle. Of course, rental situations are hardly the only ones where you might want a custom design.


Broadly speaking, the more luxurious or personalized a vehicle is, the more useful a customized mat can be. Safari and Oriental designs, for example, can help to lend a vivid and personalized touch to the vehicle that other designs and patterns can’t match. Even better, the gorgeous designs are much easier to obtain than you might expect.


Quality car mats come in so many shapes and sizes that the hard part, really, is narrowing things down. Try to have a specific vision in mind for your vehicle before you start looking for patterns. If you know what you actually want to have, it will be that much easier to find the custom mat design that fits your tastes.


Remember, though… Function comes BEFORE form. Above all else, get the mat that actually does the job you need it to, or you’ll just be wasting your money.


3) Maintenance


All right, so you’ve gotten the Function and the Form settled. Now for the maintenance. In order to ensure the continued use of your mat over time, you’ll need to give it at least a minimal level of maintenance. This is especially true if you have luxurious, ultra-plush fitted car mats or custom tailored car mats, as these products aren’t really designed to endure heavy use over a period of time.


However, there are a few simple things you can do to maintain your mat appropriately, even if they’re installed in a place you wouldn’t normally put them. One of the best ways to maintain your mat and avoid getting it dirty is to keep your shoes as clean as possible… So a cleaning mat of some kind, placed outside of your home or business door, can be a great way to help clean your shoes on a regular basis. Click for more information.


We won’t be covering the specific cleaning needs of each type of mat here; frankly, there are far too many of them to go into. Instead, the manufacturer of your custom mat should have included some information about how to take care of the mat you bought. Metal, as always, tends to be very easy to clean… But if you’ve gone the plush route, then be very careful to use only the recommended cleaning supplies and strictly follow all of the instructions provided. Once you know how to maintain your car mat, you’ll be able to keep it in top condition for as long as possible. It sounds simple enough to do, but many people don’t actually think about their car mats on a regular basis, and you could end up damaging it faster than you think. By paying attention, though, you can avoid problems and make sure you don’t lose your investment.


These are the three rules of custom car mats: Buy for function, modify for form, and maintain for quality. Keep these in mind and you’ll do just fine. Click for more information.


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Taken on August 30, 2013