So... what do folks use to protect/dress the floor mats after cleaning, that has been effective at reducing cleaning effort the next time around without being too slick?
Stoner Trim Shine is suggested for this in the video link above.
Silicone-based rubber protectant was mentioned in a different video.
Some auto detailers use Meguiar's Natural Shine or Meguiar's Quick Interior Detailer or McKee's Floor Mat Rejuvenator
I'd like to avoid an oily/slipper finish (like tire shines or Armor All?) that transfers to shoes and/or risks foot sliding off pedals while driving... but would like enough protection to slow the brown/crusty effect in winter.
Ugh, but I want them to look pretty and like factory new longer, without having to pull/clean weekly. Brown crusty floor mat coating is what I notice when I open the doors, in contrast to the rest of the car being clean.
I'm okay with it being a little slick if it helps with the short term look and future cleaning effort. I may start to look at ingredients on each of the protectants/dressings to find which are water-based.