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    Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant




    BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant





    What it is?

    Floor mat cleaner and protectant.


    What it does?

    Cleans rubber floor mats and cargo liners AND leaves them conditioned and protected.


    When to use it?

    On an as-needed-basis. If your mats or cargo liners are dirty - then clean them.


    Why to use it?

    To maintain a clean looking interior.



    From the manufacturer

    BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant cleans dirt, grime and minor spills while conditioning, preserving and protecting. This product is pH neutral.



    My comments...

    This is a new category of product in the industry. The most common question I see asked about this category of product is,

    Why not use an all purpose cleaner?


    The answer is yes, you can use an all purpose cleaner. You can also use a normal car wash soap. The difference is these two types of products only clean. The BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant mat cleaner and protectant goes the extra step of conditioning, preserving and protecting.



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    2018 Honda HR-V



    Step-by-step directions



    Step 1: Remove mats from car

    Clean on the ground or to make it easier, place on a table.







    Step 2: Spray BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant onto the mats and then agitate with a brush.











    Step 3: Rinse the mats to remove the cleaner and anything that was on the mats.








    Step 4: Flip the mats over and repeat. (optional step)












    Step 5: Place the mats in a clean place to dry.





    Here's the clean and dry mats the next day.










    Step 6: Replace the mats back into the vehicle.











    Review

    Clean, protected mats add the finishing touch to a clean interior.

    This is a very simple and straightforward product and process. The mats were not horribly dirty but looked much cleaner and even like brand new after using the product. I've never used a product of floor mats that goes beyond cleaning so with this product it's doing multiple steps in one action as it also conditions, preserves and protects the rubber surface.

    Most people just clean their floor mats and then put them back in the car. It's where your shoes touch down and as such, most people don't give them too much thought or care. That said, people are different and some people really like to be pro-active with the cleaning and preserving of their vehicle, both inside and outside. If this describes you and you think you would like a dedicated mat cleaner and protectant then I recommend you give this product a try.







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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    I was not a big fan of this product. I have used it several times and now after reading this review, figured out that I have been using it wrong!

    I guess I’ll use the the correct way and see how I like it.


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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    Below is my review after using it for a year. It's a long-term review.

    I bought this product to try over my regular APC a year ago. It was a new product and generally technology and chemistry etc. is better. I've been using the product for the last year and I won't purchase again. If the mats are lightly soiled it works fine, but if your mats are actually dirty it doesn't perform. I pressure washed the mats with soap beforehand, and the product would not remove what was left. I would recommend just using Blackfire APC. One other aspect I noticed is that the "protectant" part did nothing to help make the cleaning process easier the next go around with the same mats and product.

    Pros
    Leaves behind non-greasy surface cleans lightly soiled mats

    Cons
    Underperforms
    APC works better
    Does not clean dirty mats
    Does not help with "protecting" to make next round of cleaning easier

    Needs to go back to the drawing board and be reformulated
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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    I have a gallon of the old McKess 37 floor liner cleaner & rejuvenator. It does a fantastic job on my truck floor liners. I was looking at the BF once the gallon of 37 is gone. Wonder how the DP version is?

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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by pro 4x View Post
    I have a gallon of the old McKess 37 floor liner cleaner & rejuvenator. It does a fantastic job on my truck floor liners. I was looking at the BF once the gallon of 37 is gone. Wonder how the DP version is?

    DP Floor Mat Cleaner & Protectant
    I use the Dp version. I like it. Good price point and gets the job done. I linked a quick review I did on the product.
    DP Floor Mat Cleaner & Protectant Review
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    Re: Review: BLACKFIRE Mat Cleaner & Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey Mike View Post


    Pros
    Leaves behind non-greasy surface cleans lightly soiled mats

    Cons
    Underperforms
    APC works better
    Does not clean dirty mats
    Does not help with "protecting" to make next round of cleaning easier

    Needs to go back to the drawing board and be reformulated

    Nice feedback Mike.

    I only used this product one time and that was to do the review. To be honest, I think it was Weather Tech that started the dedicated matt cleaning product "catagory" when historically I would use any good APC.


    I'll pass your feedback onto the new products development team.


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