Professional car interior cleaning is an expensive and complex way. It may cost you from $200 to $500. Also, it may take a lot of time. On the other hand, if you clean it by yourself, you can save your extra cost and time that needs for professional cleaning. It will provide you an effective, inexpensive, and straightforward cleaning of your interior.
But the only problem with cleaning the car interior at home is that you need to know the cleaning methods properly. Otherwise, you may end up damaging the interior surfaces. You need to follow the right steps for safe and effective interior cleaning.
Therefore, we have brought you the proper methods to clean easily your car interior at home. So, let’s get started.
Required tools and materials
- Vacuum cleaner
- Steam cleaner
- Chemical cleaner
- Hand gloves
- Air freshener
Things you should do before starting the cleaning
- You may wear hand gloves for safety.
- Remove all the extraneous items like bags, books, magazines, or any valuable stuff from your car.
- For easy cleaning, remove all the recyclable materials.
- Clean all the trash that can be removed easily by your hand.
- Always use a chemical cleaner that will not fade, crack, or damage your interior surfaces.
Step 1: Clean the front panel
- First, vacuum the front panel surfaces properly to remove the loose dust and grime. Make sure that the dust of the hard to reach areas has been cleaned.
- Moisten a clean microfiber towel with a cleaner liquid and wipe all the front panel surfaces including dashboard, steering wheel, center console, and air vents. You may choose a liquid cleaner according to the surface materials.
- Use a cotton bud or an old toothbrush to clean the hard to reach areas.
- Wipe the cup holders, buttons on the dashboard, and gear sticks.
- Make sure all the surfaces are wiped properly with the dampened towel. Change the towel if it gets too dirty.
- Flip the towel to make sure that you are always using the clean surface for cleaning. You may change it if it gets too dirty.
Step 2: Clean the windows
- Take another clean and dampen microfiber towel and spray with a window cleaner.
- Use a good quality cleaner that is ammonia-free and doesn’t damage the surface.
- Now scrub the window glass with the towel.
- Scrub the windshield, side windows, rear window, and sunroof and make sure that they are cleaned properly.
- Clean the corners and edges carefully.
- If it needs, repeat the process to get a streak-free glass surface.
Step 3: Clean the seats and upholstery
- First vacuum the seat and upholstery surface properly. Start vacuuming from the upholstery and then the seats. Use appropriate nozzles for various surfaces.
- The Use the upholstery nozzle to vacuum the seats, headliner, and other upholstery surfaces.
- Use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum the seat pockets. For hard surfaces, you can use the dusting brush.
- After vacuuming, start cleaning the seats. Use a recommended seat cleaner for specific surface materials.
- Now spray the cleaner on the seats and wipe it with a clean and damp microfiber towel. You may also use a soft brush. Scrub the surfaces gently.
- For leather car seats: If you are using a new seat cleaner, spray first on a small and inconspicuous area to check if it works properly. Leather car seats need conditioning after cleaning to prevent fading and cracking. Some leather seat cleaner comes with both features or you can use the cleaner and conditioner individually.
- For fabric car seats: Use a specialized fabric car seat cleaner. After using the cleaner, vacuum the seats again.
- Use a stain remover to remove tough stains of chocolate, gums, or other products.
- Use a clean rug with a stain remover to clean the stains.
Step 4: Clean the floor mats
- At first, remove the floor mats and take out of the car. Shake the floor mats to remove the loose dirt and grime.
- There may be some tough grimes inside the grooves of the mats. Vacuum with a bare hose nozzle to clean these tough grime and dirt.
- After that, wash out the mats with strong water flow from a garden hose. Spray the water flow properly all over the mat to clean it ultimately.
- Now, air-dry the mats completely.
- If you use a detergent to wash the mats, make sure that they will not leave the mats slippery.
Step 5: Clean the carpets
- Start cleaning the carpets with proper vacuuming.
- Move the car seats to vacuum the areas under the seats.
- Use the brush attachment to vacuum the strong grime and dirt from the carpets. You can use different vacuum nozzles according to your requirements.
- It is better to steam wash the carpets. You can also a carpet cleaner spray.
- If you use a spray, scrub or brush it properly with a medium-stiff brush.
- Make sure that the carpets don’t get too wet.
- To remove the chewing gum matted on the carpet, use an ice cube, and rub it. After a while, when the gum will turn brittle, remove it from the surface.
Step 6: Finishing
- Air out the car as you have used different cleaning products for your interior. You can keep the doors open for a while.
- To remove all the unbearable fragrances of cleaning products, you can use an air freshener. It will also remove odors of smoke and others.
- Use a long-lasting air freshener and doesn’t have a very strong smell. If you have an issue with the air freshener, you can avoid it.
- Now put everything back in place inside your car.
- Bring the floor mats and keep them in place.
- Bring the seat in their regular place.
With these steps, you can easily clean your car interior without the help of a professional. You just need to follow the cautions while using certain cleaning products. And one thing you should keep in mind that if you want to keep your car interior surfaces well for a long, you should clean the interior at least once every six months.