Cleaning the interior of your car is never an easy task. There’s a lot of space, lots of corners, and small parts where dirt can accumulate. So, you have to put in a fair bit of extra work to get rid of all the dirt inside your car.
Furthermore, certain materials on the inside of your vehicles, such as seats and leather covers, are made of pretty sensitive material, and they can be damaged easily. You have to be very careful while cleaning to prevent any blemishes or damage to the material. Even the best interior cleaner can be unsuitable for your car if you don’t choose a suitable material.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how to clean the interior of your car in the best way. Let’s begin!
To begin with, you have to have a clutter-free environment to start working. These include gym bags, plastic bags for keeping trash, books, packets of food, etc. Once these things have been removed, look for visible trash and recyclable items. We recommend that you put on your gloves because you might come across some unpleasant stuff as well.
Look for empty bottles, old cans, and packets, residues of food, remainings of fruits and vegetables, leaves, etc. That might’ve been left on your car from your previous journeys. Once you’ve got rid of all the clutter, you can start with the cleaning of your car’s interior.
You’d be surprised at how much dirt remains in your center console of your car. So, you should start your cleaning with the central console. The best interior cleaner for your central console is actually a household cleaner or glass cleaner. Apply some cleaner on a clean microfiber mitt and rub it thoroughly over the central console.
Make sure you’ve applied cleaner all over, from the dashboard to the steering wheel and centre console. Put some extra effort in parts where there is too much dirt and let the cleaner set in. Afterwards, use a dry microfiber towel to wipe off any additional dirt from your car’s central console.
Since the buttons on your dashboard come in contact with you frequently, they can get damaged fairly quickly. So you have to clean them separately once the rest of the central console has been cleaned.
Take a microfiber rug and get it wet, then rub over the dashboard buttons and corners. Then use a dry towel to wipe the dirt away and dry the dashboard. Afterwards, take a flat-head screwdriver and tie a piece of cloth on top of it. Then use it to scoop away any dirt from the far corners of the dashboard. You can remove any additional dirt from there as well.
Now that we’re almost done with the central console, we need to get rid of dirt from the tough spots. These include corners, the places inside the buttons and wheels, etc. Use a toothbrush to wipe off any bit of dirt from there. You can place a rug or towel under the central console to hold the dirt; this will make the cleaning process much easier.
The windows are the most important part of your car, and not cleaning them will only cause more harm than good. However, cleaning the windows from the inside is just as important as cleaning them from the outside. So, investing in a good window cleaner is just as important as investing in any of the best interior cleaners.
Take some window cleaner in a towel and apply it to your windows. Make circular motions to prevent streaks from forming on your window. Once you’ve applied the window cleaner to all your glasses and windows, take a clean microfiber towel and clean it thoroughly. If you’ve applied the window cleaner in a clockwise motion, use the towel in a counter-clockwise motion. In that way, you can avoid streaks from forming in your car.
If you have window polish, put some polish in a clean cloth and apply it all over the window. This will give your windows a better shine and maintain it’s shine last longer.
Our mats are susceptible to a lot of dirt from our shoes and the things we keep in our car. So, cleaning them is very important as well. If your mats are made of plastic, then take them out, wipe off the dirt from them and give them a rinse. Then let it dry and place them back.
If you have carpet mats, however, rinsing them off is a bad idea. Get them dry washed for the best results before putting them back into your car.
Now that all the bits and pieces are removed and cleaned get your vacuum cleaner ready. Use your vacuum cleaner to remove whatever dirt remains on your car. However, make sure you use the appropriate nozzles for the best experience.
For example, use upholstery nozzles for cleaning upholstery, the crevice tool for dealing with crevices and so on. Make sure you’ve vacuumed every corner before moving to the next step.
The material on your car seat might be very sensitive, so make sure you’re using the right material. Read your manual thoroughly to know what cleaners are suitable for your car. If you have leather seats, the best interior cleaner for your seats would be saddle soap or similar products. You might need foam cleaners if you have upholstery seats.
Apply the designated cleaner and let it set. Afterwards, use a vacuum cleaner to completely clean your car seat.
Now that we’re done with most of the cleaning, a few finishing steps will help to keep it clean and tidy for a long time. If it’s a sunny day, open up your car and let it stay in the sun for a while. It will remove any smell from the cleaners. Also, set up an air freshener on your air conditioner to deal with odours.
The interior of your car should be a reflection of your personality. You definitely won’t want your personality to be associated with dirty or grimy surfaces. So, cleaning your car is always a must. However, you need to follow some steps to clean your car properly; otherwise, even the best interior cleaners will fall short. We’ve discussed these steps in this article. We hope you find them helpful!