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When it came time for the dirty business of testing for stain resistance and cleaning, we turned to the internet and to Consumer Reports cleaning expert Pat Slaven for advice. Pat has been making messes and cleaning them up in a lab environment for decades. First, we asked about rubber mats and liners.Oily things like salad dressing or french fries are things that could stain them. "Short of dropping a hot soldering iron, there's not much you can do to damage a rubber mat," said Pat. "They're pretty much impervious to stains from anything. The one exception is oil. If you drop salad dressing or french fries, those are the things that could stain them." Pat said that carpeted mats were a similar story, and much more resistant to stains than the carpets in your home. "In general, carpeted mats are made from polypropylene or polyester and are easy to clean, although oil and grease can be an issue,"
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