Effective cleaning of the car interior
Tools you will need:
Vacuum cleaner: A vacuum cleaner with an extension hose and manual attachments is ideal – you’ll need attachments to clean carpets and hard-to-reach corners. A steam cleaner can also be helpful.
Cleaning Products: You likely already have the necessary products to clean surfaces such as vinyl, plastic, upholstery and carpeting. Take a quick inventory of your car’s surfaces and put together a basket of the right cleaning products.
Wiping and Polishing Materials: For jobs that require attention to detail, you need a wide variety of cloths – for scrubbing, lint-free cloths and cleaning cloths. For a perfect shine on surfaces without worrying about scratches, you can use a microfiber cloth. Before starting, make sure the cloths are clean of chemicals.
Brushes and applicators: Brushes and sponges of different sizes are essential for cleaning dust from air ducts and other hard-to-reach places. When using cleaning products inside your car, make sure they are intended for your car’s surfaces. If in doubt, test it on a small area..
Floor mats: This is a good place to start since floor mats tend to be dirtier. Before you begin, remove any coins, paper, food wrappers, and other items that have accumulated over time. Move the seats forward and backward to make sure you don’t miss anything. Remove the floor mats and shake them vigorously to remove dirt. If that’s not enough, try using a stiff brush. Once all the mats are clean, rinse them with water. Let them dry completely in the fresh air. If you use a detergent, make sure that the cleaning product does not leave the skid mats so that they do not remain safe while driving.
Seats: The three main types of car seat materials are leather, vinyl and upholstery, each requiring a different cleaning method. Vacuum first to remove dust and dirt.
Leather: Luxury leather has one downside: Keeping it looking like new can be difficult. Over time, dirt becomes embedded in the surface, changing the color or causing a dark shade. Fortunately, a good skin cleanser can take care of it in no time. Most leather cleaners need to be sprayed or applied to the seat and worked with a towel or microfiber cloth. Allow a few hours to dry the skin well and finally apply a leather conditioner.
Vinyl: Compared to leather, vinyl seats are very easy to clean. Spray the car seats with a cleaner and wipe with a cloth. Wipe completely using a second cloth and in about an hour the vinyl seats should be ready for use.
Fabric: When cleaning fabric seats, you should check for hard and difficult stains. Do the seats need a general cleaning or do you also need to get rid of unpleasant odors? These factors will determine the type of product or method to be used. When a seat is difficult to clean, be careful not to use too much cleaner, because the more the seats get wet – the more odor they will absorb. Using baking soda before cleaning will help absorb any odd smells.
Windows and mirrors: A window cleaner and a microfiber cloth will do. It is best to spray the cleaner on the fabric rather than the glass area as this will reduce streaking. If you encounter imperfections, it may be difficult to tell whether they are on the inside or outside of the glass. To avoid this problem, wipe the outer glass surfaces horizontally and the inner glass surfaces vertically.
Front: This is the part of the car that we see the most. Unfortunately buttons, switches, vents and dusty corners can make the process seem more difficult. However, you don’t have the right tools.
Dashboard: One of the most difficult parts of the car interior. Wipe off all dust before applying a suitable cleaning product.
Console: The many buttons and controls in your car can be a nightmare here. Dust can get into every crack and corner. But there’s a simple trick: Just wrap a cloth around the tip of a flat-head screwdriver. The one that will allow you to reach and clean all hard-to-reach areas.
Air Ducts: Use a brush to wipe the ventilation grill as thoroughly as possible. This will also remove most of the dust.
Door panels: In many cars, the door panels are made of the same material or combination of materials as the upholstery, seats, dashboards or other parts of the car’s interior. Any methods and products used in these areas should also be indicated on the door panels.
Odors: Lingering odors, especially those caused by smoke and pets, can be difficult to remove. Before you rush out to buy another odor eliminator, make sure there isn’t something causing the unpleasant odor that’s stuck in a hidden or hard-to-reach place, even the best product can’t just neutralize a horrible odor if the source remains.If you are sure that the smell is coming from the upholstery or carpet, use a deodorizer liberally to neutralize the unpleasant smell.
Tips: A thorough cleaning every six to eight months should be sufficient. The first time you clean the interior of your car, expect to take more time, especially if you haven’t cleaned in a while. However, if you continue the process at regular intervals, the interior of the car will retain its neat appearance for many years..