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How to Clean a Golf Cart Rubber Mat

by Kate Evelyn

    When you take your golf cart on the course, it is exposed to dirt, dust, leaves, sand and grass. A rubber mat can help prevent the floor of the cart from becoming permanently soiled, but if you don’t clean the mat regularly it too can become stained.

    Items you will need

    • Push broom or wet-dry vacuum cleaner
    • Garden hose with spray nozzle
    • Scrubber sponge

    Step 1

    Take the mat out of your golf cart. It should lift out easily since it is not attached to the floor. Shake out the mat to remove the loose dust, dirt and sand. Lay the mat on a flat surface and sweep away the rest of the debris with a push broom, or vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner.

    Step 2

    Turn on the hose. Using the sprayer nozzle, spray the mat in rows starting at one end. This should remove the ground-in dirt. Dampen your sponge and squirt a teaspoon of dish soap onto the soft side. Use this side of the sponge to wipe down the top of the rubber mat, again in rows. This helps ensure you scrub the entire mat.

    Step 3

    Flip the sponge over and scrub the mat again with the rough side, focusing on any stubborn dirt or stains you couldn’t get out in Step 2. Rinse the mat again with the hose.

    Step 4

    Turn the mat over and repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the underside.

    Step 5

    Let the rubber mat air-dry. Hang it up so that both sides can dry at the same time. If you need to use it again immediately, wipe both sides with a moleskin towel. They are available at most auto supply stores.

    Step 6

    Place your mat back in your golf cart in the same configuration as when you removed it. This will help ensure that it doesn't slide.

    Tips

    • Don’t worry about scratching the mat with the rough side of the sponge. The rubber should be tough enough to handle it.
    • Hold the hose at a 45-degree angle so water doesn’t splash up at you.

    Warnings

    • Make sure the floor of the golf cart is dry before you replace the mat. If you isn't, you could subject your cart to mildew.

    About the Author

    Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.

    Photo Credits

    • electric golf cart image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com