How to clean car interior

Cleaning the carpet

Cleaning the carpet

You can clean the carpet the same way you cleaned the fabric seats and upholstery. The laundry detergent solution will work on the carpet as well.

Cleaning the carpet

Work on one area at the time. Spray the carpet cleaner evenly.

Cleaning the carpet

Rub well. If your cleaner has a brush on it, you can use it on really dirty areas.

Cleaning the carpet

When done, wipe it thoroughly with a dry cloth.

Cleaning the carpet

Again, don't soak the carpet with water too much, it will cause mould smell and corrosion under the carpet. Dry it out as fast as you can.


Cleaning and polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

Polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

Clean the dashboard, center console and other plastic parts with a barely moist clean cloth. Use a very small amount of laundry detergent to remove the stains. Dry with a clean soft dry cloth. To make it shiny, use a polish for plastic.

Polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

Spray a little amount of polish. Spread it evenly with a soft brush. Don't spray directly on the stereo, or other electrical parts, use a brush instead.

Polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

Buff gently with a clean soft dry cloth.

Polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

This is how it looked before and after polishing. If you prefer the dashboard and the plastic looking less shiny and more natural, there is a number of products that can do that. For example, I like the Meguiar's Natural Shine that makes the plastic look more natural.

Polishing the dashboard and interior plastic

A good polish not only makes the dashboard look clean and shiny, it shields and protects the plastic. All you need to do after, just use a soft duster periodically and your dashboard will look like new for a long time.


Cleaning the windows

Cleaning car windows

Lastly, clean all the windows from the outside and inside. A window-cleaning spray and glass-cleaning towel will do a good job. Be careful when cleaning the rear window from the inside - the heating lines of the defogger grid are easy to damage. Use parallel to defogger lines motion.


How to get rid of musty smell from the air conditioner

A/C treatment spray

If you experience that unpleasant musty smell from the vents when the air conditioner is turned on, you can try one of the odor treatment that you can buy in your local auto parts store. It kills the bacteria and removes the mildew smell. Here we used the Air Conditioner Treatment from Wynn's that you simply spray into outside air intake vent (check the directions on the product).

Leaves on the cowl panel

A clogged air conditioner drain tube and accumulation of leaves and other debris under the cowl panel also may cause a damp mildew smell. Clean the debris and ask the mechanic to check the air conditioner drain tube when you do your next oil change. The drain tube is usually located under the car on a passenger side, near the firewall.

Dirty cabin filter

One part that is often gets neglected is the cabin air filter. After a while it gets clogged up with dust, leaves and other debris, so instead of fresh air, you have to breathe with whatever accumulated on the cabin filter. Do you want to see how to replace the cabin filter?

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