8 Tips for Deeping Cleaning Your Car's Interior
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As much as you may like your car, sometimes it's hard to keep the interior clean. With so many daily responsibilities, finding the time can be difficult.
As dirt, grime, and trash collect inside your car, the messiness can spoil the pleasure of driving. Just like a cluttered house or apartment is unpleasant to spend time in, the same holds true for a car's interior.
The good news is interior cleaning is easier than you might expect, and doing it yourself can save you from having to pay a professional cleaner. By following several simple steps and using the right car cleaning products, you can clear away the items that litter your vehicle's interior and then deep clean it for a more comfortable drive.
What are some methods for car interior cleaning? What do you need to do inside a car to remove all dust and dirt?
Let's look at eight tips and tricks for a clean interior of your car.
Clean car interior tips
Tip 1. Remove large items
Before performing a deep interior cleaning of the car, you'll need to remove larger garbage items like wrappers, receipts, coins, or cans. Though many of these things may be easy to find, others might be hidden under the seats or in the door’s map pocket.
Tip 2. Wipe down hard surfaces and air vents
With a clean cloth soaked in warm water, wipe away residual dust from the plastic surfaces around your interior. Air vents tend to collect a lot of dust over time, and wiping inside of them not only improves their appearance but also delivers cleaner air when the heat or A/C runs.
Tip 3. Vacuum floor mats
The floor mats in your car take a beating and accumulate large quantities of dust, gravel, and other particles from you and your passengers’ shoes.
That's why an excellent first step during the interior cleaning of your car is pulling the floor mats out and thoroughly vacuuming them.
But before you vacuum floor mats, shake them out or flap them against a tree or wall to loosen up and get out larger chunks of dirt or gravel.
Once you have the big pieces out of the way, vacuuming the floor mats front to back slowly ensures you remove all the dirt.
After that, you can wash them with hot soapy water or a specialized automotive carpet cleaner to make them look and smell like new.
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Tip 4. Vacuum seats and floors
Your seats, floors, and car carpets are probably a close second to the floor mats in terms of wear and dirt collection. Because of that, it's essential to scour them with a vacuum cleaner when you finish the floor mats.
Especially significant are the various crevices and nooks present throughout your seats and upholstery, and also the area behind your pedals and around the door panels.
Tip 5. Clear away pet hair
Though dogs, cats, and other animals are fun to have around, they also shed hair that sticks to your car seats.
And if your vacuum leaves behind plenty of hair on the back seats and upholstery, a regular upholstery cleaner may not do the trick. However, rubber-dipped gloves make removing pet hair easy.
All you have to do is move your gloved hand throughout the interior, and the pet hair adheres to it, making for a simple and easy process.
Tip 6. Wipe down windows and mirrors
Clean windshields and windows are key to having good outward visibility and help ensure safe driving. And both your rear-view and side mirrors keep you informed of oncoming traffic, giving you extra insurance against collisions.
Using an ammonia-free window cleaner in a spray bottle gives your windows and mirrors a factory-fresh appearance and protects interior plastics from harsh chemicals.
A microfiber cloth works best when used alongside glass cleaner, featuring a good blend of cleaning ability and gentleness.
Tip 7. Clean the center console
Because it's in the middle of everything, the center console on your car undergoes a lot of wear and tear and winds up picking up a lot of dirt and grime.
The center console needs regular cleaning to maintain its appearance from the storage compartment to the cupholders, gear shift, and other knobs or controls.
For a thorough rinse of the center console storage bin, first try soaking it in a cleaning solution of warm water and dish soap, and then using a sponge to wash it out. Then rinse it with clean water and dry it out with a microfiber towel.
Use a damp microfiber cloth to pick up dust and leave plastic surfaces spotless on the gear change and surrounding areas.
A toothbrush or wet cotton swab can squeeze inside and remove every last bit of dirt from the tightest crevices in and surrounding the center console.
Tip 8. Make your own air freshener
With time, car interiors don't always begin to look less new; they begin to smell less new, too.
Making your own air freshener can absorb unpleasant odors and make your car smell great. All you have to do is mix one cup of baking soda with five drops of your preferred essential oil. After keeping the mixture in a sealed bag or a jar for 24 hours, sift it over the floor of your vehicle and let it sit for about 20 minutes
Then, vacuum away the baking soda, and you'll experience a bright and clean scent, completing your interior cleaning of the car.
And voila! Your car is looking and smelling as good as new again. Although a used car may look like it's in excellent condition, or even have that new car smell,how can you really know? Even if the interior smells new, it could be hiding mechanical issues. And when you purchase a used vehicle, how can you be sure it'll stand the test of time? With Shift's best-in-industry service contracts, you know your car's good to go, mile after mile. With a Shift Vehicle Protection plan, not only are essential components covered, but you also receive roadside assistance if you run into trouble. Wherever you happen to be in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada, help is just a toll-free phone call away, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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