A Beginner’s Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Car Interior

Hand with cloth cleaning car interior

When you think of spring cleaning, what comes to mind? The closets, tool shed, and garage are usually top picks. But, what about your vehicle? Now is a great time for cleaning your car interior to get rid of that winter dust and spring pollen. Check out these tips and tricks to get your vehicle interior looking like new!

Where to Start

Before tackling the seat stains and caked-on dirt, you need to focus on some basic cleaning. Remove all trash. Plain and simple. Every time you leave your vehicle, take the trash with you. Cup holders get sticky fast and collect dirt, so wipe all of them clean. A helpful tip to prevent sticky cup holders is to put a silicone cupcake liner in the bottom of each one. Dust often, and keep a microfiber cloth or duster in the vehicle. This will help to keep dust, dirt, and pollen from building up inside and limit the number of times you will be cleaning your car interior.

Cleaning the Dash and Console

The materials in your car are different than what is in your home, so you don’t want to use householder cleaners. First, you will want to loosen dirt from the creases and crevices with a clean toothbrush. Then, vacuum over the dash using the hose attachment to your vacuum. A microfiber cloth and a cup of water with a drop or two of dish soap is all you need to wipe down the dash, steering wheel, and center console.

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Cleaning Car Seats and Carpet

The cleaning method is different depending on if you have leather or cloth seats. You will first want to vacuum the seats with the brush attachment to your vacuum. This will help to loosen any dirt. Then, you can use a cup of water with a drop or two of dish soap to wipe leather seats down or blot on cloth seats to remove stains. Vacuum the floor mats and carpet. You can use the same mixture of water and dish soap to blot and clean the carpet. To keep things smelling fresh, sprinkle on a little baking soda to eliminate odor.

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