How To Clean Your Car’s Interior
If you spend long periods in your car, and for those who have children, you know just how messy it can get. And so from time to time, you will need to clean your car’s interior. Apart from looking great, a clean car interior is good for your health and that of your passengers. Here’s a look at cleaning your car interior: the complete guide.
Gather your cleaning supplies
The first thing you need to do is gather all the essential cleaning supplies and equipment. You will need a handheld vacuum, a garden hose, paper towels or rags, window cleaner and leather cleaner. The next step is to empty the car of all trash and unnecessary items. Set aside everything else that you’d like to retain in your vehicle so that you can begin cleaning the surfaces. You also need to remove all the floor mats so that you can clean the floor.
Vacuum the car
The next step is to vacuum the car and you can start with the dashboard, glove box, floorboards, around the foot pedals, underneath the seats, the upholstery and around the back window. Ensure that you get into all nooks and crevices by using the vacuum attachments. You also need to vacuum your floor mats. Hose them down using the garden hose before allowing them to dry.
Cleaning upholstery and carpets
To really clean the upholstery and carpets, you may need to buy or hire a carpet cleaning machine. Servicing your car in this manner will ensure that all the dirt and grime that has nestled deep inside the fibers are removed completely.
A tip for cleaning common car fabrics and removing stains is to choose the right cleaning products. Leather needs special cleaners and conditioners to keep it soft and supple. You can buy a leather cleaning kit that will have all the supplies. Spray the leather cleaner on a rag and wipe down the leather surfaces. You can also do the same for vinyl surfaces and the final step is to buff the surfaces using a clean soft cloth.
For windows, spray some window cleaner onto a rag and use it to clean the car windows, dashboard, and all plastic parts. The top edges should also be cleaned and the final step it to buff the windows using crumpled newspapers to remove all streaks. You can also wrap a rag around a screwdriver and spray a multi all-purpose cleaner on it before running it along the car’s trim lines and around the controls and buttons on your dashboard.
A final dusting is required to remove dust and lint from the car’s interior. You will also need to eliminate odors and charcoal is a good substance to absorb odors. Just leave a chunk of charcoal in your car for a few days and all the unpleasant smells will be eliminated. You can also use natural air fresheners and citrus oil or mint extract is recommended.