FAQs—Ford Carpet Kit
- How can I prepare my Ford’s floor panel for the new carpet that I will be installing?
Prior to your Ford carpet kit installation, it is important to make sure that the floor pan is immaculately clean and free of rust. To get rid of dust and dirt, vacuum the floor thoroughly. The rusted spots need to be treated using rust converter and painted with rust-inhibiting paint. By doing this, you are ridding the floor panel of the elements that can cause damage on the floor and on the new carpet.
- I bought a universal Ford carpet kit, and it’s cheaper than the pre-formed carpets. How can I make sure that the new carpet will fit my ride’s floor pan perfectly, particularly the necessary openings?
You can make things easier by using your old carpet as a template and tracing the cutout openings onto your new carpet using a chalk. You can also pre-fit the new carpet into the vehicle to double-check if the cutout marks are perfectly positioned on the actual stud and anchor points on your Ford’s floor pan. If the marks are all correct, that’s when you should X-shaped openings at every chalk mark you made. If there’s excess carpet in the door sills, cut it off and apply a light coat of spray adhesive to the back of the carpet, where it meets the firewall.
- What does it mean when the product description or features in an online store says that the Ford carpet kit has a mass back?
That means that the carpet’s backing and padding surface is made up of a heavy-duty, thick, foam-like rubber that’s capable of keeping heat and sound inside the cabin of your Ford. It also offers extra cushioning underneath the carpet, which doubles as insulating material to reduce the heat and vibration being transferred into the interior. By providing the vehicle with better insulation, your Ford will need less heat and energy to maintain interior comfort, therefore improving its gas mileage.
- Is it practical to get a carpet cleaning machine?
If you still don’t have a portable vacuum, a carpet-cleaning machine would be a good investment, particularly if you regularly use your Ford not only on your daily commutes but also for rugged drives. Such machine sucks up not just surface dirt but even those that got deep into the fibers of the carpet. Unlike vacuum, this machine sprays a cleaning solution into the carpet and then sucks the grime and filth into a reservoir.
- After our recent family trip, I noticed that my Ford’s carpet got some unsightly coffee stains. How can I get rid of these?
Coffee spills can be diluted with cool water. Blot using paper towels or clean rags. If after drying, you notice that the stains are still there, try spraying glass cleaner on the stain and allow it to sit in the fabric of the carpet for 5 minutes before blotting. Unlike traditional carpet cleansers, the glass cleaner can clean and rid upholstery and carpeting of dirt and stains without having soapy residues.
- The carpet of my Ford vehicle has a foul smell. Any tips on how I can get rid of such smell?
You can sprinkle generous amount of borax unto the carpet and leave it inside your car for an hour or more before vacuuming. Borax won’t just eliminate foul odor but will also kill fleas and their eggs, making it ideal for those who travel with pets. If borax didn’t work, you can also try to use several vinegar-soaked towels. Put each towel in a bowl and position it in different places inside the vehicle. Leave the towels inside the car overnight, allowing them to absorb the smell.
- Can you share some tips on how I can eliminate pen ink stain on my Ford’s carpet?
Try using hair spray as this is effective in lifting out stains caused by pen ink. Just spray some on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes or until you’re sure that it gets absorbed by the carpet’s fabric. Then, brush the stain off. The hair spray is also safe for use even on automotive upholstery.
5 Effective Ways to Remove Stubborn Stains off Your Ford Carpet Kit
There are just too many important things in your car that must be prioritized, including the engine, brakes, wheels, and the list goes on. Squeezing the carpet in seems impossible. But the carpet doesn't need to be on the top of the list; a little time from your weekly maintenance schedule would be enough in order to keep it nice and clean. But if your Ford carpet kit is confronted with more stubborn substances, you must know exactly what to do in order to make the best out of your few minutes. Here are some of the most effective ways:
- Rid of beverage stains with cold water and glass cleaner.
You can't simply take your favorite coffee off the equation. And so, learning how to effectively remove its stain from your carpet is a must. Simply dilute it with cold water and blot with clean rags. This also works with alcoholic beverage stains. If some residues are left on the Ford carpet kit, spray enough amount of glass cleaner, and let it sit for five minutes. After that, blot with rags again, and dry with a hair blower.
Cold water is color-friendly, and glass cleaner removes almost every type of stubborn dirt, thus these make an excellent match.
- Remove grease with paint thinner and salt.
Grease is perhaps the most challenging to remove among all stains that could possibly get caught on your carpet. Not anymore. All you have to do is rub the affected area with paint thinner using a clean cotton cloth. Sprinkle salt over the remaining stain until covered. After the salt has absorbed the stain, finish off with vacuum. Remember, though, to use only colorfast paint thinner.
- Do away with ink stain using hairspray and salt.
You'll hate ink stain on your carpet much like you do when it gets on your favorite shirt. But you can have it completely done away with. Apply hairspray to a carpet that's stained with the ink of pen and would eliminate most of the stains. For some that were left, you can use the power of salt once more. Let it absorb the stain and brush. You may need to repeat the process until no spots are left.
- Eliminate nasty smell with baking soda and water.
You would always want your cabin to smell good, but things can go out of hand. The next thing you'll know is that the Ford carpet kit has just been showered with icky-smelling thing. Good thing, baking soda is easy to find. Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected area to dilute and neutralize the odor.
- Handle blood stains with laundry starch and cold water.
Blood can be disgusting, so rid of any blood stain as soon as possible. Make a paste out of laundry starch and cold water, and then, apply all over the stain. Let it dry and brush. The stain should go with the already dry paste when brushed. And then, vacuum to finally eliminate all remnants.