FAQs— Volkswagen Carpet Kit
- My Volkswagen carpet got some coffee spills. How can I properly clean it to prevent permanent stain?
Those coffee spills should be immediately diluted with cool water. After doing so, blot the spots using paper towels or clean rags. If stain remains after the spots have dried, then get a glass cleaner and spray on the stain. Soak the stained spot, allowing the cleaner to sit for at least five minutes, and then blot. The good thing about glass cleaner is that it can be used in cleaning all types of carpeting without leaving unsightly soapy residue on the cleaned spot. Even on hard-to-remove stains, glass cleaner is usually effective. Once the carpet has been cleaned, consider applying stain repellent unto the surface.
- I noticed that some portions on the carpet of my Volks are now starting to fade. How can I brighten those spots without damaging the carpet material?
You first need to vacuum the carpet to eliminate dust and loose dirt. Then, using a sponge, lightly wipe the area with a mixture of a half cup of clear ammonia and one pint of water. It is a good idea to test the mixture first on a discrete portion of the carpet to be sure that it will do the task it’s intended to do and not damage the carpet instead. If you have wool carpeting, do not use ammonia.
- My Volkswagen carpet kit arrived with some indentions. I don’t want to go through the hassles of having it replaced by the merchant, so can you share some tips on how to eliminate those indentions?
Indentions in the carpeting can be corrected by placing a damp towel over the affected area and pressing lightly with an iron on a low setting. As the towel dries, expect the indentation to rise. Make sure, however, that you won’t leave the iron on the spot for too long because heat can melt the synthetic fibers making up the carpet.
- Do you know some tricks on how I can prepare my floor pan for Volkswagen carpet kit installation?
It is important that you first vacuum the floor pan thoroughly and then inspect it for rust. If there are rusted spots, treat those areas with a rust converter and paint them with rust-inhibiting paint. Make sure also that the floor pan has a smooth surface, without sharps edges or imperfections that could cause tear on the carpet.
- I noticed that my Volks’ carpet has some sort of salt stains probably coming from road salts. How can I get rid of such stains?
You can spray the stained spots with a mixture of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 white vinegar. Then, dab the area gently with a dry, clean towel. Do not force down the stain; just blot what’s on top. You can also finish your stain removal with a portable wet/dry vacuum. You simply need to dab the dry towel on the affected spot and then start sucking up the salt stain using your vacuum. The good thing about vacuuming is that it can also absorb bad smell caused by the vinegar.
- I’m planning to install my new Volkswagen carpet kit this weekend. Someone told me not to glue the carpet in place as it will be difficult for me to access some components underneath it. Now I’m confused—should I glue the carpet in place or not?
Glued carpet looks great, particularly for those who aim for an elegant interior, because the glue prevents the carpet from sliding or bunching up and make it fit in the floor pan better. But if your Volks have components like batteries that can only be accessed through the floorboards, you’d better not glue the carpet in place as you’ll find it hard to remove when the time comes that you’ll need to access the said components for inspection, repair, or replacement.
- The carpet included in my newly purchased Volkswagen carpet kit comes pretty stiff. How can I make it a bit softer so I can install it well?
While you are preparing your vehicle’s floor pan and insulation, you can try to lay out your carpet under direct sunlight or at least place it in a warm room. Heat will help relax the carpet material from being tightly packed, making it pliable enough as well as more manageable and easier to fit in place.