How to Remove WeatherTech Floor Mats
So, you successfully got your set of WeatherTech Floor Mats or FloorLiners into your car (Congratulations!), but now you are looking to take them out to either clean or replace. While there may be hundreds of videos and articles out there instructing you on how to install WeatherTech FloorLiners, this article will show you exactly how to remove WeatherTech floor mats from your car.
First, you are going to want to examine the situation before doing anything hasty. Don’t just start pulling and yanking on the floor mats; you don’t want to ruin the ultimate in absolute interior protection! Removing the mats isn’t the most complex task, but it could go wrong in a multitude of unfortunate ways if done incorrectly. Now, based on your specific vehicle, there can be one of three fastener types that secure your floor mat or FloorLiner in place: button clips, twist-locks and hooks.
The most common fastener types are the button clips where the mat is simply removed by gently sliding your hand under the mat nearest the button clip and lifting up on the mat. It is advised that two hands be used in this process — one hand underneath the mat to hold the button clip down in place while the other hand lifts the mat up and out. Once you hear the popping sound, that means the mat has been unfastened from the button clip and is safe to remove from the vehicle. The second most common fastener is the twist-lock. The twist-lock will need to be rotated before removing, unlocking the mat from the vehicle’s footwell. Then, just as the button clip, you lift the mat up and out of your car. The last type of floor mat fastener is the hook. Hook fasteners are generally located on the side wall of the footwell nearest the seat. It is recommended to also use two hands in this process — one hand to lift up on the floor mat and the other hand to move the mat closer to the seat, around and off of the hook fastener. Once unhooked, simply lift the mat up and out of the vehicle.
Most of our floor mats share the same fastener types across the different products. However, every vehicle is different. Some vehicles’ passenger footwells are equipped with clips, twist-locks or hooks, and some vehicle models are not equipped with them at all.
It is generally recommended to remove the mats regularly to clean. They can become quite dirty over the course of a year, no matter how much care and caution is used. A simple washing and rinsing with the ol’ water hose out on the driveway will do, but for a thorough job, WeatherTech strongly recommends using the TechCare® FloorLiner and FloorMat Cleaner/Protector Kit. Made specifically to increase the longevity of your Floor Mats and FloorLiners, this kit will quickly remove scuff marks, dirt, and stains while also adding a strong, durable coating without affecting the finish and quality of your WeatherTech Floor Mats.
We hope this article helped inform you on how to remove WeatherTech floor mats safely and effectively. If you ever have any questions on how to take WeatherTech mats out of your specific vehicle, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (800) 441-6287 and our team can walk you through it, step by step.