You car’s exterior isn’t the only thing you have to keep clean and shiny. The interior, the place you’ll be spending all your time in, is just as important if not more. A well-kept interior adds more quality and a better feel inside the cabin, resulting in more comfort and ultimately even safety. Don’t worry, cleaning your car’s interior isn’t as hard as it sounds. It’s by no means as easy to clean as the exterior (where you use specified products such as wax and car wash), but with the right knowledge you too can have a well-kept and brand-new looking cabin. Here are just a couple of tips we consider the most effective.
If you had to use a single tool to clean the inside of the car, the vacuum cleaner would be your best bet. It’s great for removing all the dirt and dust from the floor, the floor mats, the seats and even the door panels. Because it uses air to suck the debris in, you don’t have to get your hands too dirty too. If possible, try to use high-powered vacuum for maximum results. Quick tip: before vacuuming the floor mats, remove them and give them a goo shake outside of the vehicle. This will stop your vacuum cleaner from filling up prematurely.
The vacuum does an amazing job of removing all the dirt from the cabin, but it’s not enough to give you that spotless look and feel. Grime is known to ground itself into the upholstery, resulting in an unsightly mess which can also have an unpleasant odor. Carpet and Upholstery cleaners are your best friends when it comes to removing these stains. No need to apply the carpet cleaner to the floor mats, as you can easily power wash them outside the car, but make sure to let them dry before putting them back in. You don’t want to promote mold growth.
Again, the vacuum cleaner is your safest best when it comes to leather upholstery. To get rid of deeper stains and marks, special leather cleaner compounds made specifically for that in mind should be used. Remember, maintaining the car’s leather upholstery helps the car retain its resale value, in addition to looking awesome.
The dashboard, just like any other surface inside the car, can get dirty too, but most people don’t notice that since they’re too busy looking at the road ahead, as they should be doing. Vacuuming helps, but using a microfiber dust cloth is the best way to completely scrub off any dust that’s collected. Once clean, use a protectant to prevent fading, cracking and even peeling. It also protects the surface from sun damage and UV rays.
Maintain your car’s interior properly, and it will serve you well. Believe us, the first thing people notice when climbing inside your car is the state of your interior. And come resale time, you’ll be glad you kept your car clean.
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