A good quality gun cleaning mat is necessary to protect not only your work surface but also your gun. It's not exactly recommended, but if you plan on doing the cleaning on the dining table or any other work surface, you’re going to have to make sure you protect its surface from spills of the harsh chemicals and solvents.

No matter how careful you’re planning on being when you take out your gun cleaning kit and get to work, it’s inevitable that there will be some splashes and spills. That’s where a gun cleaning mat will prove very important.

A good gun cleaning mat will not only protect your work surface but will also protect the surface of your weapon too. Moving your gun around on a hard surface is going to make nicks and scratches on the firearm surfaces a very real possibility. The soft and padded surface of the cleaning mat is the perfect way of preventing this. The non-slip backing will also ensure that it won't slide around and the gun will remain on top of the protective surface.

Rifle cleaning mats come in a selection of different sizes and thicknesses so it pays to choose from a selection to ensure that you get the one that best meets your needs. That’s why we have put together a list of some of the most highly regarded cleaning mats for sale today.

The list of cleaning mats below have been arranged to give you a full range of options in terms of size and shape. The prices that are quoted are the manufacturer’s recommended sales price only. It is very likely that they can be found at significant discounts.

Rifle Cleaning Mats Selection Guide

Make / Model

Dimensions
(inches)

Thickness

MSRP

16 x 54

1/4"

$21.99

12 x 36

1/8"

$24.99

16 x 43"

n.a.

$19.99

14.75 x 52

3mm

$17.97

17.75 x 35.25

1/8"

$18.49

12 x 36

1/8"

$18.99

16 x 36

1/8"

$10.00

14 x 46

n.a.

$17.62

Gun Cleaning Mat Reviews

Browse through the brief gun cleaning mat reviews that have been provided below to get a better idea of what features are available from each product. Different sizes is not the only factor to look for when trying to decide which mat will be the most suitable to buy.

Tipton Gun Cleaning and Maintenance Mat

This mat features a dark gray felt surface and a neoprene non-skid back. The work surface of the mat is designed to withstand the damage that may be caused by the cleaning chemicals that may be spilled on it. In fact, the oils and solvents are absorbed into the mat leaving a clean work surface at all times.

The dimensions of the mat are 16 inches wide by 54 inches long. The thickness is roughly one-quarter of an inch.

When not in use the mat can be rolled up so that it fits into a range box. When it is next taken out you can be certain that it will roll completely out and lie flat on the table.

This has a manufacturer’s recommended sale price of only $21.99 which reflects the size and usefulness of the product.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    The size of the mat is perfect for use with rifles and equipment
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    It’s very affordable and won’t scratch the finish of any firearms. Debris and residue will wipe straight off with a paper towel
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    It does an outstanding job of soaking up any spills without allowing them to flow through to the table underneath
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    Rolls up easy for storage and takes up very little room when it is not in use

Dislikes

  • It smells terrible when it is first taken out of the package and will require airing before use
  • One person thought the mat was thin and flimsy and not the type of mat he needed as a rifle cleaning mat
  • Someone found that the spilled solvent dissolved the glue that holds the cloth to the bottom side of the mat

TekMat Long Gun Cleaning Mat with AR15 Imprint

This is a good quality cleaning mat that has been specifically designed for cleaning AR-15s. It’s size caters for the AR-15 A2 so that you have plenty of room to move it around without risking it coming in direct contact with your work surface.

The mat top is made of polyester to protect the gun from becoming scratched while the bottom is neoprene to protect the work surface. The neoprene also means that the mat will stay in place without sliding around as you move the gun around.

It measures 12 inches wide x 36 inches long and is around 1/8 inch thick.

Apart from its functional use the mat also features exploded view drawings of the AR15 along with parts list and instructions on disassembling and repairing your firearm.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    Some people like the inclusion of the diagram and use it to identify some of the smaller parts of their AR-15
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    The mat rolls up for easy storage and then unrolls and lies flat on the table. It absorbs oils really well to keep them from reaching the work surface
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    The mat is firm enough to provide the necessary resistance when working on your gun yet it provides a soft landing to avoid scratching the firearm surfaces

Dislikes

  • The mat is very thin and provides no cushioning. The words on the mat were impossible to read and the printing even went off the end of the mat
  • The color of the mat combined with the printing makes it possible to lose small pins/springs when placed on the mat’s surface

Real Avid Gun Smart Mat

The surface of this mat is oil and residue resistant so that it is easy to clean down after each use. It will also withstand the cleaning chemicals without getting damaged no matter how many times it is used.

A big bonus with this tray is the parts tray that is attached at one end that will provide you with a handy place to store your disassembled gun parts. To make certain bits don’t become lost it has a magnetic compartment that will hold the smallest parts in place.

The tray measures 43 inches long by 16 inches wide.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    The material is sturdy but still soft enough to stop small components from rolling around
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    The size is the perfect size for rifles
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    It lies flat straight out of the box with no curling or creases
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    The parts tray is a great concept for holding small parts and the small magnet keeps the parts where they belong

Dislikes

  • Rivets on the back of the mat marked the work surface of one owner
  • Found that the magnet was not strong enough to hold small pins in place

UTG Universal Firearm Cleaning Mat

This is a substantially sized cleaning mat that will be useful for cleaning multiple firearms. It is topped by chemical resistant materials and the back is a non-slip surface that is made from rubber.

A notable feature of this mat is the existence of a 4 inch side pocket that is closed with a zipper. This pocket allows you to safely store small components that may be stripped off the firearm.

The mat measures 14.75 inches by 52 inches and is 3mm thick. It can be rolled up and put away after it has been tied by the supplied side straps.

It has been given a manufacturer’s recommended sale price of $17.97 by Leapers, Inc.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    The mat is made of a durable material that is perfect for gun work
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    It has more than enough space for cleaning all weapon sizes
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    The built-in pocket works great for holding your cleaning tools
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    Appreciate the carry bag that comes with it for storing when not in use
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    Dust and debris wipes off the mat surface very easily

Dislikes

  • Wish it were dark gray rather than black so the parts could be more easily seen

Otis Sportsmans Cleaning Mat

The Otis cleaning mat that is made from neoprene making it completely waterproof. The material also gives it a non-slip quality so it will stay firmly in place on the work surface while you clean your guns.

The dimensions are 17.25 inches wide by 35.75 inches long.

The mat is soft enough to ensure that neither the table it is sitting on nor the guns you’re cleaning are going to get scratched or damaged.

The company has put a manufacturer’s recommended sales price of 418.49 on the mat.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    It’s a thicker mat than most and is also larger than most
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    This is the perfect mat for gun cleaning but is also useful as a general gun work space and for a reloading area
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    Solvents such as a bottle of Hoppe’s No 9 that are accidently spilled on the mat clean up easily with no leak through

Dislikes

  • Impressions are left in the surface of the mat after use and they don’t bounce back

Hoppe's No. 9 Gun Cleaning Pad

This cleaning mat has been created as a fully absorbent and padded mat that will protect the gun as well as the work surface upon which it sits.

The top of the pad is made from an acrylic fabric while the bottom consists of a non-slip neoprene. The result is a work surface that will absorb any spills of cleaning liquids and will prevent them from soaking right through.

The dimensions of the mat are 12" x 36' and the thickness is around one-eighth of an inch.

While this mat performs the job it is designed to do, it may be considered to be too thin to properly offer the padding effect required. However, the mat is one of the cheaper options on the market and for those who simply require a protective coating to work on, it does the job required.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    Works perfectly for when you are laying out all of the pieces when cleaning your gun
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    It provides a good padded surface covering that will prevent your gun from becoming scratched

Dislikes

  • After only a few uses the fabric began to pill which then meant small pieces of material kept getting caught on the gun parts
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    The backing is clear thin plastic that tends to peel away from the green material upper after it has been put through the wash
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    Solvents and lubricants go right through it

Yes4All Gun Cleaning Mat

The top surface of the mat is a polyvinyl material that will not mark the gun’s finish when you place it on top. The back of the mat is a non-slip rubber material that will not mark the work surface.

The size of the mat is comparable to some of the other mats described above. At 16” x 36” it is suitable for use when cleaning medium-sized rifles. The thickness of the mat is 1/8”.

It appears that the mat is absorbent to a point. But some people have commented that they have experienced times when the chemicals ate straight through to the table. This may depend on the amount of chemical that is spilled.

With a recommended retail price of only $10.00, this mat represents one of the cheapest gun cleaning mats available.

Customer Observations

Likes

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    This is a good low-cost cleaning mat solution that works perfectly and fits an AR fine
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    It’s pretty thick material and it will stick to the table so that it doesn’t move around
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    Very soft for working on expensive firearms, also works well when taken to the range and used as a shooting pad

Dislikes

  • The upper surface is very soft and imprints easily when something is place on it
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    It takes a long time to flatten out after it has been taken out of its rolled up form
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    Gun cleaning solvent ate straight through the mat in a matter of seconds with the rubber looking as though it melted from the solvent

Allen Outdoors Gun Cleaning Mat

This is a soft amt designed for cleaning longer rifles and shotguns. The mat is made from a durable stain-resistant and washable material. It has a waterproof backing that is designed to protect the work table.

The dimensions of the mat are 14” x 46” which is long enough to hold most rifles and shotguns.

This is a handy soft gun cleaning mat that will roll up to a small size for easy storage in a range bag. It has a manufacturers recommended sale price of $17.62.


Extra Large Gun Cleaning Mats

To ensure complete protection of your work surface and so that the entire length and breadth of your rifle is covered, you should think about using an extra large gun cleaning mat. We consider a mat with the dimensions of at least 16” x 54” as being large enough for the maximum protection.

We have identified two mats that are made to these dimensions, the Tipton Gun Maintenance Mat which has been reviewed fully above and the Browning Gun Cleaning Mat. Both of them provide suitable surfaces with non-skid backs so they will sit firmly in place. The Browning probably costs a little more but it provides a soft felt work surface and a rubberized back. It is absorbent and will stop oils and fluids from soaking through.

The Browning mat retails for $29.99 and has proven to be one of the better large cleaning mats around. More information about the mat and the many other quality products can be found on the Browning website.

It All Comes Down To Your Unique Requirements

As can be seen by the selection that represents the most popular gun cleaning mats being sold today, they all provide a very similar experience. It will be up to you to decide exactly what size mat you require and this could be the biggest factor that will influence your decision. If you own predominantly larger guns then you are going to require a larger mat.

The thing that becomes very clear when you scan the product list at the top of the page is that a gun cleaning mat is not expensive. You can pick up a few that will cover all the different types of rifles and/or pistols that you will be cleaning.

The option of parts trays and storage is a nice added bonus that doesn’t really add a lot to the bottom line, but it can give you the ability to stay properly organized.


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