Professional cleaning for your car’s interior can be pretty expensive, but doing it yourself can be straightforward enough; you don’t need to be an expert on Car Seat Covers or leather. On top of all of that, you probably have most of the things that you need to clean your car, which is not only good maintenance, but can pay off if you decide to sell it.
- Vacuum cleaner. Preferably something that has an extension hose and hand-held attachments, which you’ll need for the nooks and crannies. A steam cleaning machine can also work for cleaning the interior.
- Cleaning products.You’ll need the chemicals needed for cleaning vinyl, plastic, upholstery, and carpeting in order to clean your Car Seat Covers and dashboard. Take note of your car’s interiors and find out what you need.
- Wiping and polishing materials. For the more serious work, you’ll need a menagerie of towels and rags like terry cloth towels for scrubbing, to lint-free, fine cloth rags for your cleaning and polishing needs. If you want to avoid scratches, your best bet is a microfiber cloth.
- Brushes and applicators. Just as you need multiple towels for a variety of situations, you might also need multiple brushes. If in doubt, read the product’s labels; they’re there for a reason.
Carpets and Floor Mats
- A good place to start, since these areas tend to have the most dirt. If the interior’s pretty dirty, however, save this for last, as the dirt from the cleaning will end up here.
- Before doing anything, clean up any object that’s accumulated; coins, papers, it has to go.
- For floor mats, go and shake the mat vigorously, shaking the dirt away. Keep in mind that some mats have indentations designed to trap water and melting snow from winter boots, and dirt can accumulate here. If that doesn’t work, use a hose.
- For the carpet, use a vacuum, cleaning up all the nooks and crannies. After that comes the steam cleaning machine, or any carpet cleaning product. Simply spray it on and brush it off, using some elbow grease for the more problematic areas. Don’t make it too wet, as mildew and mold will grow.
- The most common materials for your Car Seat Covers are leather, vinyl and cloth, each with their own needs. However, all of them do need a thorough vacuuming before you really get cleaning.
- A symbol of luxury, leather can be tough to clean, as dirt tends to end up embedded into its surface, making its color dingy looking. Leather cleaning products must be applied to the seat, via towel rubbing. If you’re using a towel, always make sure you’re using the clean side. Once you’re done cleaning, dry the seat with a microfiber cloth, then leave it to dry thoroughly for a few hours. Once dry, apply a leather conditioner to keep things supple.
- Cloth, meanwhile demands more flexibility. If it’s just general cleaning, a multipurpose upholstery cleaner can do the job. But for more problematic stains, you’ll need a specialized stain remover. Don’t use too much, as that’ll leave the interior smelling all musty.
- Vinyl is simple to deal with. Most of what you have at home work fine. Read the label, find one that works, then spray the seats and wipe with a rag.