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Why are the carpets in cars so difficult to clean?

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BrandyGran Thu 03-Sep-20 15:31:36

Just spent an hour giving my small car it's half yearly internal clean. I could have cleaned my whole house in that time! I used the nozzle attachment of my Dyson cleaner but the stubborn residue of 6 months worth of broken sweets etc from g chn would not budge.
I know the car manufacturers have to make the carpets hard wearing but it is very hard work to clean them.
Is it just me?

BrandyGran Thu 03-Sep-20 15:35:26

Sweets not sticky just broken into powder.

Kamiso Thu 03-Sep-20 15:40:44

OH buys some cheap mats from Lidl or Halfords which can be taken out to vacuum or shampoo. When GS were younger we covered the back seat with a rug.

trustgone4sure Fri 04-Sep-20 14:27:46

Invented by someone who doesn`t clean i think.

Alishka Fri 04-Sep-20 14:28:24

Every so often I'd have my car valeted. Not expensive. Perfect job.

Hetty58 Fri 04-Sep-20 14:33:35

My son deliberately chose a car with vinyl 'upholstery' this time - as fabric is just not practical with small children to transport. At least it can be washed after the inevitable drink spillages and (worse) car sickness!

Luckygirl Fri 04-Sep-20 16:21:36

You CLEAN the carpets in your car??!! Crikey!!

NotTooOld Fri 04-Sep-20 18:47:10

BrandyGran, I know exactly what you mean. I don't clean mine very often but when I do I feel exactly the same.

Bluebellwould Mon 07-Sep-20 09:21:00

That’s why they invented floor mats!

MawB2 Mon 07-Sep-20 09:27:27

Oh Brandygran you need to make the acquaintance of those nice men in red overalls which I once referred to in a misguided non-PC moment as the Eastern European car wash.
Best £15 I ever spent for a wash, wax and valet. The car I mean.

ElaineI Mon 07-Sep-20 13:04:20

I agree BrandyGran. It's bits of grass, twigs, fluff that stick in the mats in my car. Took me all morning yesterday and could have hoovered the entire house and had a coffee in that time!

Esspee Mon 07-Sep-20 14:33:52

I imagine if I only cleaned my house carpet every six months it would be pretty difficult to get clean.

BrandyGran Mon 07-Sep-20 19:53:35

The floor mats are EASY TO CLEAN- They are removable and I can vacuum them no problem! It's what gets under and beside them that I find difficult.
All that effort for so little satisfaction!
Yes I should clean out the car more often- good way to get more exercise.

Chewbacca Mon 07-Sep-20 22:12:52

I took the GC blackberry picking last week. It was a muddy walk across fields, in wellies, to get to the best berries. The inside of my car looked like a midden when we got home. Dried mud everywhere, twigs, half dead bits of flowers and leaves, acorns and conkers that they'd found as "treasure" and worst of all..... blackberry juice on the back seat from where the bucket had tipped over. Took me most of Saturday to vacuum it all out and shampoo the upholstery. I'd rather clean the house from top to bottom than vacuum the car out.

Starblaze Mon 07-Sep-20 22:24:44

Self care is placing value on your time.

Love yourself and go to a valet!

ayse Mon 07-Sep-20 22:27:00

Warning - designed by men who don’t clean?

V3ra Mon 07-Sep-20 23:50:32

My husband took my large people carrier, which I use for childminding, to our local valeting station which is staffed by half a dozen or more men and run by an Albanian family.
"Ees verry dirrty car," they said.
"Err yes, that's why I've brought it to you," he replied ?