How to Clean your car’s interior at home
Over the past several months, you may have been unused more than usual, but that has not prevented dust and dirt from building up inside the car. While your car wash remained open, it is likely that you did not wish to have it deep cleaned. Aside from that, the job can cost you $100 or more, requires dropping off your car and picking it up, and can quickly be done on your own.
The smell of a freshly washed car is irreplaceable. Everyone loves the feel of a clean dashboard and shiny glass. Even though we sometimes clean our cars often, we rarely clean the interior. The following tips and tricks can help you with cleaning and protecting your car’s interior.
10 Tips to Make Your Car’s Interior Look New
TIP 1: GET RID OF THE TRASH
Get rid of all the apparent trash before grabbing the vacuum and cleaning supplies. Look everywhere carefully. It is likely that there will be trash on the floor, under the seats, and in the cracks between the seats. Throw out all wrappers, beer bottles, toys, and anything else that won’t fit in a vacuum.
TIP 2: TAKE OFF AND WASH YOUR FLOOR MATS
Make sure to shake the floor mats out as much as possible after pulling them from the vehicle. It will make vacuuming much easier. You should clean them thoroughly with hot water and soap, use a foaming carpet cleaner, and make sure they are completely dry before refitting them.
TIP 3: VACUUM YOUR CAR’S INTERIOR SEATS AND FLOORS
Whenever possible, vacuum the front and back seats, the floor, and the trunk. You should vacuum all areas of the vehicle where the nozzle can reach, such as beneath the pedals and door panels.
TIP 4: REMOVE DIRT AND DUST
Using a soft cloth, wipe up all that dust, sticky stuff, and debris vacuumed up. Spray a little cleaner on the console, steering wheel, and between the seat areas for a new car look.
TIP 5: CLEAN THE VENTS OF YOUR CAR
Blasting your ventilation system is always a good idea. If you haven’t driven your car for a while, make sure the air vents are closed and turn the ignition. Open each vent one at a time with your fan set to the highest speed. You will then be able to clear out dust and dirt in the system.
Bonus tip: Use a flat screwdriver surrounded by a cloth to get the dust out of ventilation vents.
TIP 6: CLEAN THE CUPHOLDERS
You don’t want to put your cup holder in contact with dirt, spilled coffee, dead hair, or skin cells. When cleaning such difficult areas, use a cotton swab soaked in a bit of cleaner. Some vehicles have removable cup holders that are easy to clean.
TIP 7: CLEAN YOUR INTERIOR WINDOWS
Window cleaner and a paper towel or microfiber cloth are good choices for cleaning windows. You can also make your own window cleaner. To make a homemade window cleaner, mix 1/4 cup water with two tablespoons vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol.
TIP 8: GET RID OF STAINS
Make this homemade solution if you notice stains on your carpet or seats (likely if you have kids). Add one tablespoon of dish soap to a spray bottle to 2 cups of vinegar, water, and vinegar. Spray the stain and wait for 15 minutes. Wipe it with a moist cloth to remove the stain. For stubborn stains, try a product such as Spot Shot or Resolve. Check the upholstery fabric’s colorfastness in an inconspicuous area.
TIP 9: REMOVE PET HAIR FROM YOUR CAR
If you have a dog, you know how difficult it is to deal with pet hair in your car. Rubber-dipped gloves are effective for removing fur that your vacuum cannot remove. By brushing the hair with your hand, it sticks to the glove! This waterproof seat protector will protect your interior from pet damage in the future.
TIP 10: LOOK FOR CREVICES
Visit your local hardware store to grab a paint stirrer. Make use of a stick by wrapping one end with a microfiber cloth and reaching into the hard-to-reach areas between the seats and inside the console.back to menu ↑
BONUS TRICK TO MAKE YOUR CAR INTERIOR APPEALING
MAKING CAR FRESHENER AT HOME
Use baking soda and your favorite essential oil to create a homemade car freshener. Ensure that both oils and soda are placed in a sealable plastic bag for 24 hours. Shake it up and sprinkle it on the floor of the car for 20 minutes. After that, vacuum it up. It will leave a fresh scent in your car.