Diagnosing and Fixing Common Cadillac Floor Mat Problems
The floor mats for the Cadillac Fleetwood are hassle-free accessories that you're supposed to place and forget on the car's floor. But they also have their own share of problems. In this guide, we will give you a brief overview of common Chevrolet Fleetwood floor mat problems and how to troubleshoot them.
The mat doesn't fit
The most common and often the first problem Cadillac Fleetwood owners encounter with floor mats is that they do not fit in the floor of the vehicle. This problem typically occurs in universal-fit floor mats, as they are meant to be used in a variety of car makes and may not conform to the distinct nooks and crannies of the Fleetwood. We strongly recommend against using ill-fitting floor mats especially those in the driver's side, as these can hamper the movement of the foot pedals and increase the risk of accidents. Cutting the floor mats can usually solve this problem, although it's better to invest instead on a custom-fit floor mat that matches the dimensions of the Fleetwood.h
Whether it's oil or orange juice, stains are another common headache for floor mats. Stains can make even the most intricately-designed floor mats look ugly, and certain chemical stains may corrode the floor mat itself. Cleaning such spills on the floor mat depends on the type of stain it is. For mild stains such as those from beverages can usually be removed using water and detergent, while deep, thicker stains like oil and tar may need peanut butter, linseed oil or a special cleaning product to remove. Make sure to refer to the floor mat's packaging to see which cleaning products are safe to use on the mat.
Crusty mat surfaces
Floor mats tend to acquire a white, crusty surface during the winter months due to road salt applied on slick, snow-covered roads. Unlike mud and conventional road debris, road salt cannot be washed away effectively by detergent and, if left untreated, will result in the deterioration of the mat itself. Salt-encrusted floor mats must first be vacuumed to remove any large deposits, followed by soaking and scrubbing with vinegar and water, and final washing with car shampoo. We also recommend covering carpeted floor mats with rubber or plastic covering afterwards to reduce the accumulation of road salt on the fabric.