Your car’s floor mats go a long way to keep your vehicle clean and fresh. People sometimes forget the importance of car floor mats.
Here at Mudsmart, we understand that fact and ensure that we preach the importance of car floor mats. We have underlined some FAQs on why you need car floor mats/liners.
You can check it out if you want. One of the biggest questions we have faced over the years is, “which car floor mat to buy?”.
If you have researched anything about car floor mats, you already know the various types. There are 3D, 4D, 5D, and 7D floor mats available on the market.
The difference between these types mostly varies in the use of materials and the way they were created. Mudsmart tackled one of the most frequently asked questions on the matter.
You can check out Mudsmart’s expert opinion on choosing 5D floor mats over 3D floor mats and why. Once you know why you need floor mats for your car, you will need to know how to install them.
That’s what we will talk about here. In the following passages, you will find out how you can fit new 5D floor mats in your car. So let’s get into it.
Choose The Right Fit
Choosing the right fit is an essential step as it will ensure how perfectly the floor mats fit in your car.
You can go with the most popular choice of standard fit car mats that are usually made in one size and will fit most cars. These come in sets of 2 front mats and 2 back mats, but they don’t fit all vehicles perfectly.
Cars like BMWs, Hyundais, and Toyotas require specially made 3D/5D floor mats for the perfect fit and maximum protection.
If you have been buying standard fit floor mats for your cars, check out why you should buy MudSmart’s 3D/5D floor mats.
- They are more secure than standard mats.
- They are more durable than conventional floor mats.
- They are made with the make and model in mind, so guaranteed perfect fit.
So once you have the perfect 5D floor mat chosen for your car, there’s only one thing to do. You need to install it. So let’s get through the installation steps for 3D/5D floor mats.
Steps On Installing 5D Floor Mats
Now we get into the good part. Here are the steps on how you can install a 5D floor mat on your own. So check out the following steps.
Begin by removing your old car floor mat. Once you are done, you should clean up the floor.
Ensure that you vacuum the floor thoroughly and if there are stains or heavy soiling, then simply clean the floor with some water and carpet cleaning shampoo.
When done with the cleaning, just let it dry and make sure the floor is completely dry.
Now removing the floor mats won’t be too hard, you can just lift them up and start cleaning. Remember, never put your new floor mat on top of the old one.
The next thing you have to do is to clean out your new floor mats. Take the new 5D or 3D floor mat and brush off any lingering dirt or debris.
Now, even though the new mats come relatively clean, there might still be some lingering dirt on the floor mats.
If you are using second-hand mats, then you should be vacuuming the thing and make if you see some dirt then wash it with some water and soap. Once you are done with washing, you can blowdry the floor mat to save time.
So before you go in and fit the mats, you need to know which goes where. So spread the floor mats on a place where you can see them fully and understand where each one goes in your car.
Your garage or driveway is an ideal candidate for this. Most car floor mats labeled, but if they don’t, you can just spread them out to find which goes where.
Usually, you will find that shorter mats go in the back, and longer mats go upfront. Many floor mats come with notches that fit with the consoles, wheel wells, or other features of your car’s model.
Make sure you check them out. If you made paper patterns, you could compare your mats to those to know where to place them.
Now it’s time for you to place the mats. Most mats will easily fit directly over the floor in front of the seats. You should keep in mind that some of the floor mats will need to be fitted in factory retention posts.
These are relatively simple locate as they are either hooks or rods with corresponding latches at the center or around the perimeter of the front seat and usually come with similar locks.
Once located, all you need to do is line up the latching spots over the retention posts, and the mat will fit right in.
One important detail you should keep your eye on is to ensure the side with the grip is facing down when installing the 5D floor mat.
So now that you have installed the mats, you need to finish checking if the fit is perfect or not. Check the fitting around the pedals and seat base to ensure the floor mat isn’t impeding any of those parts.
Make sure to move the seats back and forth and see if any part of the mat is limiting movement.
Once that part is done, you should be looking to press down around the perimeters to ensure the floor mat is flat against the car’s floor and is secured. You should also ensure that the new floor mat doesn’t hamper the gas and brake pedals’ movement.
So that’s how you install a 3D/5D floor mats in your car. The process is simple and easy to do. Just make sure that you have the interior cleaned.
Often what happens is that people don’t know when actually to change the car’s floor mats. Don’t worry; there are 7 signs that signal you need to change the car’s floor mats. Just look for those signs, and you will know when to change your car’s floor mats.
And that’s it for this edition. We’ll come back with some more information for you soon until then. See Ya!