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Car Interior Cleaning Tips – Which Anybody Can Do!

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If you’re like most people, cleaning the Interior of your Car, Truck, or any Vehicle you may have, can seem like a Chore. It may feel like you need loads of time, and a ton of specialty tools, to correctly clean your Vehicle’s Interior. I want to let you know that It doesn’t have to be this way. With a few good tips, and the right tools, you can easily keep your Vehicle’s Interior looking great. When cleaning your Vehicle’s Interior, it’s a good practice to clean using a Top-Down approach, this way any dirt, or debris, which may fall during the cleaning, will fall onto a surface, which will be cleaned after. This Article will follow this approach. It will cover a few Car Interior Cleaning Tips for cleaning your Vehicle’s Headliner, Dashboard, Windows, Seats, Carpet & Trunk.

Cleaning the Headliner

Start by thoroughly vacuuming the entire surface, of the Headliner, using a Canister Vacuum. You don’t need any special attachments, on the end of the Hose, but if you want to make your life a little easier, you can purchase a Car Upholstery Attachment Tool. This attachment is usually wider than the Hose, and disperses the Vacuum’s suction, into a wider pattern, which allows for a wider cleaning path.

After you have thoroughly vacuumed the entire surface, of the Headliner, you need to check for any hair, or lint, which may still be stuck, to the surface of your Headliner. The Vacuum may have removed most of it, but there is usually some, which the Vacuum can’t get. You can remove any remaining hair, or lint, with a Lint Roller. If you can find the Lint Roller that looks like a Paint Roller, that will make it even easier to use. Roll the whole surface, of the Headliner, until all hair, or lint, is gone.

After you have removed all remaining hair, or lint, from your Headliner, you need to check for any remaining stains, or dirt, which wasn’t removed by the Vacuum, or Lint Roller. You can remove any stains, or dirt, using an Automotive Upholstery Cleaner.

Cleaning the Windows

The hardest part about cleaning your Vehicle’s Windows is being able to reach the whole interior surface, of the Front and Rear Windows. Sometimes it feels like you need to be a Contortionist, just to reach them. The Door Windows are usually easy to reach.

To clean the Windows, you will need some Microfiber Towels, and some Automotive Glass Cleaner. Other Glass Cleaners will most likely work, but they might not have been tested, to verify that they won’t discolor your Interior, while the Automotive versions most likely have been tested for this. Clean one piece of Glass, at a time (Front Window, Drivers Door Glass, etc.), by spraying the Cleaner onto the Microfiber Towel, and wiping the Glass, in horizontal strokes. You may need to repeat this process, until each piece of glass is clean, and streak free.

Cleaning the Dashboard

Similar to cleaning the Windows, the hardest part about cleaning your Vehicle’s Dashboard, and other miscellaneous Plastic Pieces, is being able to reach all of their nooks and crannies. Most people are tempted to skip cleaning the tiny nooks and crannies, but if you really want a professional looking job, you will clean all areas.

To clean the Dashboard, and all the miscellaneous Plastic Pieces, you will need some Microfiber Towels, and some Automotive Interior Cleaner. Which Cleaner you get, is your preference, but make sure you get one that doesn’t leave a residue. Clean all the “Easy to Reach” surfaces (Dashboard, A Pilar Trim, Console, etc.), by spraying the Interior Cleaner, onto a Microfiber Towel, and wiping the surfaces, in a circular motion. You may need to repeat this process, until each surface is clean, and dirt/grime free.

To clean the “Hard to Reach” Surfaces, you can either use a Can of Air, Portable Air Compressor, or an Automotive Detailing Brush. With either the Can of Air, or Portable Air Compressor options, you simply just point the nozzle at the hard to reach surfaces, and nooks and crannies, to blow out the dust/debris particles. With the Detailing Brush Option, you use the small Brush Tip, to brush out all the dust/debris particles, from the hard to reach surfaces, and nooks and crannies.

If any of the “Hard to Reach” Surfaces are soiled by more than just dust/debris, don’t worry, you can still clean them. Spray some Interior Cleaner, onto a Microfiber Towel, and then wrap the towel around a small Flat Tipped Screwdriver. Insert the Screwdriver, with wrapped Microfiber Towel, into any of the hard to reach areas, nooks or crannies, to safely rub them clean.

Cleaning the Seats (Cloth Only, in this Article)

Start by thoroughly vacuuming all Seating Surfaces, including the Seat’s nooks and crannies, using a Canister Vacuum. You don’t need any special attachments, on the end of the Hose. As previously mentioned, purchasing a Car Upholstery Attachment Tool, would make this process a little easier.

After you have thoroughly vacuumed all Seating surfaces, you need to check for any hair, or lint, which may still be stuck, to any Seating surfaces. The Vacuum may have removed most of it, but there is usually some, which the Vacuum can’t get. You can remove any remaining hair, or lint, with a Lint Roller. Roll all the Seating Surfaces, until all hair, or lint, is gone.

After you have removed all remaining hair, or lint, from your Seats, you need to check for any remaining stains, or dirt, which wasn’t removed by the Vacuum, or Lint Roller. You can remove any stains, or dirt, using an Automotive Upholstery Cleaner.

Cleaning the Carpet

Start by thoroughly vacuuming all Carpeted Surfaces, including the Carpet’s nooks and crannies (I.E. between the Seats, under Seats, etc.), using a Canister Vacuum. You don’t need any special attachments, on the end of the Hose. As previously mentioned, purchasing a Car Upholstery Attachment Tool, would make this process a little easier.

After you have thoroughly vacuumed all Carpeted Surfaces, you need to check for any hair, or lint, which may still be stuck, to any Carpeted Surfaces. The Vacuum may have removed most of it, but there is usually some, which the Vacuum can’t get. You can remove any remaining hair, or lint, with a Lint Roller. Roll all the Carpeted surfaces, until all hair, or lint, is gone.

After you have removed all remaining hair, or lint, from your Carpeting, you need to check for any remaining stains, or dirt, which wasn’t removed by the Vacuum, or Lint Roller. You can remove any stains, or dirt, using an Automotive Upholstery Cleaner

Cleaning the Trunk

Trunks are usually Carpeted on the Floor, and Sides, of the Trunk. Thoroughly vacuum all Carpeted Surfaces, inside of the Trunk, including the Trunk’s nooks and crannies (I.E. between the folds of the Rear Seats, etc.), using a Canister Vacuum. You don’t need any special attachments, on the end of the Hose. As previously mentioned, purchasing a Car Upholstery Attachment Tool, would make this process a little easier.

After you have thoroughly vacuumed all of your Trunk’s Carpeted Surfaces, you need to check for any hair, or lint, which may still be stuck, to any Carpeted Surface. The Vacuum may have removed most of it, but there is usually some, which the Vacuum can’t get. You can remove any remaining hair, or lint, with a Lint Roller. Roll all of your Trunk’s Carpeted surfaces, until all hair, or lint, is gone.

After you have removed all remaining hair, or lint, from your Trunk’s Carpeted Surfaces, you need to check for any remaining stains, or dirt, which wasn’t removed by the Vacuum, or Lint Roller. You can remove any stains, or dirt, using an Automotive Upholstery Cleaner.

How Much Time You Spend Cleaning is up to you!

How much time should you spend cleaning each part of your Vehicle’s Interior? The answer to that question is entirely up to you. Typically, if you spend a lot of time cleaning your Vehicle, the first time, you may only need to do quick touch-ups, to keep you Vehicle neat & tidy. Of course, there are plenty more areas, of Interior Cleaning, which we didn’t cover here (I.E. Leather Seat Cleaning, Glove Compartment Cleaning, Carpet & Upholstery Shampooing, Dash Protectant Applications, etc.), but stay tuned, and we may get to that.

If you have a particular question, or comment, please feel free to ask it below.

Have a Great Day,

Jeffrey


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2 Comments

  1. at first, when I saw you part I thought there isn’t much to comment on but once I clicked on your continue reading I was impressed on how in detail you wrote about cleaning the interior of your car. very informative, good job.

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