Knowing how to clean your car’s interior like a pro will make your daily commute so much more pleasant. It just takes a few hours one sunny afternoon. Follow these steps in order, and you’ll feel like you’ve got a brand new ride.
How To Clean Your Car’s Interior Like A Pro
Professional Detailing is Expensive!
I used to give very little thought to my car’s cleanliness. After all, I was only in it to drive my kids to and from school and maybe run a few errands on the way.
Then one hot summer morning I opened my car and was immediately greeted with what I can only describe as a noxious cloud of horrific odors – the result of leaving food wrappers, half-empty cans of pop, and all sorts of other trash on the floor of my car. Why on earth was I starting my day like that?!
So, I took it to a detail shop. A full day later, I went back to pick up my somewhat clean car and drove away close to $200 poorer. What hurt even more than spending so much money was the knowledge that I probably could have done it myself if I’d just done a little research.
Rather than spending that kind of cash at least twice a year for a less than satisfactory job, I set out to learn how to clean a car interior better than that professional “detailing” service. Now I’m going to share what I’ve learned with you.
How to Clean Your Car’s Interior
You will need:
- Two empty garbage bags or boxes
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- A bucket of clean, warm water.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glass cleaner
- Liquid dish soap
- Scrub brush
Put all garbage in the first bag and throw it away. In the second bag, gather up any items that don’t belong in your car and set the bag aside to deal with later.
1. Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum the floor mats then remove them and set them aside. Vacuum the ceiling of your car (especially important if you’re a smoker), the car seats, under the seats, and finally the floor.
2. Using the crevice attachment, clean between the seats and console, under the seats, around the edges of the seat rails and all other areas where food and dirt hide.
1. Using the brush attachment, vacuum the dashboard, the console, the inside of all cup holders and all other surfaces where dust collects.
2. Fill the bucket with warm water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Dip a microfiber cloth into the bucket and wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, console, door handles, and all other non-glass surfaces. Be sure to rinse and wring the rag frequently, so you’re not just smearing dirt around. Switch to a clean cloth if the one you’re using starts to look dirty.
3. Inspect the floor for stains. Remove them with warm, soapy water and a cleaning cloth. Use the scrub brush on difficult spots. Dab dry with a clean towel.
4. Clean stains on upholstery with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth. Rinse with a damp cloth to remove any lingering smell.
5. Hose off the floor mats in your driveway. Treat stains with soapy water and a scrub brush. Allow them to dry in the sun.
6. Use glass cleaner and a clean, dry microfiber cloth to clean fingerprints and haze from the inside of windows. Polish any chrome surfaces, too.
7. Return dry floor mats to the car.
8. If you like to use a product to shine your car’s dash and interior surfaces, now’s the time to apply it by spraying it on a lint-free cloth and wiping it onto the surface to be treated. Buff to a shine with a clean, dry cloth.
Keep it Clean
Make a habit of stashing a couple of empty of plastic shopping bags in your car to hold trash, muddy shoes, and items that don’t belong in your car. It’s also a good idea to keep a couple of clean microfiber cloth in your console to deal with future spills. You can even use them to dust the dash when you’re stuck in traffic.