Cars/Motorcycles, Cleaning

How to clean a car interior properly

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You probably have a weekly cleaning routine for your home. Damn, you’re probably even trying to do the car wash as soon as the outside of your car looks worse. But when did you really clean the inside of the car last? Our guide shows you how to clean a car interior properly.

Between your way to work, football practice and PTA meetings, you’ll probably spend hours a day in your car. Unlike at home, your dirty shoes are almost always in the car, and there’s a good chance you’ll get caught in bad weather on the way to your next destination. All this use makes for a pretty dirty interior, but most people do not care so much about cleaning.

To keep the interior of your car glittering, you should clean it at least once a month, says Christian Newman, owner of C & J Automotive Detailing. And if the dog hair and muesli crumbs accumulate even faster, you should clean the inside of your vehicle every two weeks. In other words, there is a good chance that you need to clean your more. Luckily we have the steps you need to get the job done:

Start with a vacuum – but not where you think

Do not start vacuuming the carpet if you decide to clean the interior of your car. You will end up pushing dirt upwards when cleaning the seats and other areas. Instead, start with the attack on the dashboard, the door panels and the console with your vacuum cleaner. While you’re at it, scan your vehicle for them.

Open the door

Now look at the door jamb where your car door is connected to the body of the car. “Door jambs are one of the first parts of a car you see when you get in, so keep them clean,” says Newman TODAY. By using a cotton cloth to rub mild polish in the area, you will not only make the area look more beautiful, but also add oils to prevent it from becoming dry.

Wipe off the vinyl

To get dust and grime from your dashboard and door interior, wipe the vinyl with a rag suggests car repair shop. Then spray a microfiber cloth with vinyl cleaner and wipe the surface, removing excess material with a dry cloth. Just avoid the steering wheel because vinyl cleaner can make it slippery and hard to hold. Do not forget to hit the pockets in your door by defrosting and vacuuming them. (Here are remedies for removing stubborn bumper stickers with things you already have at home!)

Wash your windows

If you roll down your windows, you might notice a build up of dirt – do not forget to hit those edges when you wipe windows and mirrors, suggests Family Handyman. (Visit the fastest and safest way to remove snow from your car.)

Scrub those seats

Before you wash seats, remove the dust with a vacuum cleaner. Next, for fabric seats, work with a spray cleaner with a brush, says Family Handyman. If your seats are leather or vinyl, use a lotion-based leather cleaner that can work on both materials, says Newman TODAY. (Check out these five applications for an air compressor you never thought of.)

Clean the floor

Finally it’s time for the floors. Start by removing the mats and pushing your seats forward – garbage tends to accumulate behind them. Go over the mats and carpet with a brush-free fitting.

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