An introduction to the three types of all-weather floor mats:
There are three fundamental types of all-weather floor mats: standard floor mats, floor liners and low-profile floor mats. While all three give you superb protection from foot friction, each category has its own distinct advantages. What follows is a condensed explanation of each type:
All-weather floor mats give you rugged protection from dirty shoes, foot friction and spills. They use a unique system of ridges and grooves that act in two important ways. First, their shape traps mud, moisture and other debris as it drops from your boots, shoes or from anywhere else. With the grit and grime isolated in the mat's channels, it stays off your carpet. Second, they provide tremendous traction for your shoes, wet or dry.
Because our all-weather floor mats are designed for durability, they are crafted from incredibly strong, lasting and robust materials: heavy-duty rubber, stain-resistant nylon and thermoplastic. Both materials provide enormous protection for your interior, but rubber and thermoplastic floor mats give you extreme defense against mud, snow and moisture. On the other hand, you have more color options with the non-stain nylon floor mats.
As far back as 1600BCE, the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations discovered that they could craft a hard, rubbery material from the sap of the rubber tree, Castilla elastica. They used this newfound material to craft hollow dolls, bouncing balls and even crude running shoes. European conquerors learned of the bizarre material, which they first thought to be enchanted, during the South American land grab in the 15th and 16th centuries, and they began developing it for their own industrialized purposes. Modern science has created a synthetic version of rubber with greatly enhanced properties, and this synthetic rubber goes into many everyday items, most notably your auto's tires.
Nothing is more annoying than a floor mat that won't stay still. Unlike those 1-size-fits-all mats that tend to creep down under your seat, our all-weather floor mats are all custom-sized to fit your vehicle. And, a sure cut gives your floor mats a snug fit. What's more, the all-weather floor mats each have their own way of staying still. Weathertech floor mats stop themselves from sliding because they are both heavy and have a textured undercarriage. Husky Liners developed their patented "SPiN Sta-Put" system, which uses little plastic nibs that cling to your carpet without harming it. And, CatchAll uses a series of snap fasteners to keep their mats locked down.
You can leave the vacuum in the closet because your all-weather floor mats are very low-maintenance. Once your mats get dirty, just give them a hearty shaking, and they're good as new. If your all-weather floor mats have had a run in with a fugitive can of soda, simply grab the garden hose and wash away that sticky root beer residue. Yes, you can even turn the hose on the nylon CatchAll floor mats.
AutoAnything's all-weather floor liners deliver the most all-over protection of any floor mat. These serious stain shields are molded to the exact dimensions of your vehicle's floorboards, giving you total coverage against liquids, solids and everything in between. High walls prevent spilt drinks from sloshing over the sides. Plus, they are specially shaped so dirt, drinks and debris pool together in a deep well, where they remain isolated until you dump it all out.
Extreme carpet protection requires heavy-duty materials, and our all-weather floor liners use just that. The keen minds over at Husky Liners developed a cutting-edge rubberized-plastic material called polydurathene that's guaranteed not to crack, splinter or break for the lifetime of the product. Not to be outdone, the chemists at Xtreme designed their own unique liner material: Xynet. A resin with the look and flexibility of rubber, Xynet lines your carpet with a crack-proof wall that can ward off any flooring foe. Last but certainly not least, Weathertech created TPO (thermopolyolefin), a robust material that retains its flexibility even in extreme temperatures.
There are two elements working to keep the all-weather floor liners locked in place. First, all of these liners are custom-designed for a perfect fit around your vehicle floorboards. When your floor liner fits like a glove, it has nowhere to slide around. Second, each floor liner uses an additional, redundant carpet-grabbing system to stop the slide. Husky Liners apply their exclusive "SPiN Stay-Put" nibs, little plastic spikes that harmlessly cling to your carpet. Xtreme developed an innovative snap fastening method that keeps the floor liner securely under your feet, not slipping into the backseat. And, Weathertech adds a special texture to the bottom of their floor liners that vigorously grabs onto your carpeting.
When it's time to clean up the floor liners, just remember two little words: garden hose. A quick once over with a blast of cold water is all it takes to remove any caked-on mud or sticky soda deposits. After they have dried off, they're ready to go back into your vehicle to continue warding off unsightly stains.
Don't let their slim size fool you. These low-profile all-weather floor mats don't flinch when it comes to repelling mud, dirt and grime from your flooring. However, they do add a tough shield against the elements without all the bulk of other all-weather floor mats.
The low-profile all-weather floor mats come in two Kevlar-equivalent floor armors: thick rubber or heavy-duty molded vinyl. Both are custom-designed to fit the exact shape of your floorboards, but they offer different levels of protection. The thick rubber uses circular craters that trap mud, dirt and snow that sneak into your vehicle on your shoes. Meanwhile, the heavy-duty molded vinyl mats are smooth and transparent, so your original upholstery or floor mat color shows through. Many customers either love their existing floor mats and want to show them off under a protective barrier, or they purchase the vinyl floor mats along with a new set of carpet floor mats from AutoAything to ward off stains. Best of all, by using the all-weather low-profile floor mats, you are protecting your interior from premature aging due to foot friction, the constant shifting and rubbing of your feet that steadily wears out your flooring.
Since no floor mat is useful if it keeps slipping and sliding under your seat and away from your feet, the underbelly of the low-profile all-weather floor mats are lined with carpet-grabbing nibs. Never fear, these plastic points won't harm your vehicle flooring while doing their important work of keeping your mats stationary.
Cleaning your bathroom may take a long time, but cleaning your low-profile all-weather floor mats does not. When the grime starts accumulating, just take them out and shake them out like you would a rug. If they were on the receiving end of an airborne Venti Carmel Frappuccino, merely wash them off with your garden hose, and they'll be good to go.
We received the following questions from customers seeking the best all weather floor mats for their vehicles, and we're hoping to have provided concrete answers to these questions and more: