How to clean car interior

Clean interior

A clean car interior not only looks great, it is also better for your health and health of your passengers.
This 8-year old Acura in the photo belongs to a friend of mine; it has more than 140,000 miles on the odometer; yet with proper care its interior still looks very good, as you can see. It takes about an hour to clean the entire interior thoroughly. Be careful with water inside the car; if water gets into electrical components, it may cause problems. Similarly, don't soak the seats too much and don't let water to get under the carpet; it could cause corrosion, stains and damp mouldy smell. Make sure to dry the interior well after you done.

• Vacuuming
• Cleaning fabric seats and door upholstery
• Cleaning car leather
• Cleaning the carpet
• Cleaning and polishing the dashboard
• Cleaning the windows
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Vacuuming a carpet

Remove the floor mats. Vacuum the seats and the carpet. Using the proper attachment, reach under the seats, around the pedals and the area between the front seats and the center console. Vacuum floor mats separately.

Vacuuming a dash

Use a soft brush attachment to vacuum the dashboard, center console and the doors. Be careful not to damage knobs, vents and sticking parts. Use the same attachment vacuuming the seats. Leather seats are very easy to damage, be careful no to scratch them with the vacuum hose.

Cleaning fabric seats and door upholstery

Cleaning fabric seats

Let's see how we can clean this dirty spot on the rear seat.

Cleaning fabric seats

There are number of upholstery cleaning agents available. Here I used the Turtle Wax upholstery cleaner, but other products can work as well.
The first step, spray the cleaner evenly on the upholstery.

Cleaning fabric seats

Rub vigorously. Once the dirty spot is gone, wipe it thoroughly with a dry soft cloth.

Cleaning fabric seats

The dirty spot is gone. You can clean all the seats and door upholstery the same way, working one area at the time. If you don't have a special upholstery cleaner, a regular laundry detergent will work as well: Mix a small amount of the detergent with warm water. Dip a clean cloth into it. Squeeze out well - you want a barely moist cloth. Work harder on dirty areas. When finished, wipe out well with a clean, soft dry cloth.

Cleaning car leather

A car leather is very delicate, so it's best to use a good product specially formulated for cleaning leather seats. Some leather care products make the leather more shiny or slippery. Other products can make it sticky or tacky, so before using it, test a product in a small area to see if you like it. Don't use paper towels on leather, they can leave scratches; use a soft clean cotton towel instead.

Cleaning leather-wrapped steering wheel

Be careful with the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob as some of the leather care products can make them slippery or sticky. I personally don't use any products on my steering wheel and a shifter knob, I just clean them with clean and barely moist cotton towel. If you use any leather care products on your steering wheel, make sure that it is not slippery before you drive.

Cleaning car leather seats

Vacuum leather seat crevices with the soft brush attachment - be careful, as the vacuum hose can easily scratch the leather.

Cleaning car leather seats

Spray some leather cleaner agent on the soft clean cotton towel.

Cleaning car leather seats

Wipe the seat gently, reaching into crevices and around the edges.
Here I used a two-in-one leather cleaner/conditioner. If you have just a cleaner, apply a conditioner later to protect the leather.