If you drive a lot for work, have kids and pets, you must know how hard it is to keep the inside of your car clean. Everyone knows that regular vacuuming and dusting will keep the interior of the car looking great. Of course, that’s true. However, just surface cleaning is not enough.
Two to three times a year you’ll need a detail the upholstery cleaning to maintain a like-new appearance. Here are 10 cleaning tips to make your car’s interior sparkle again.
Before you pull out the vacuum and start cleaning supplies, get in the car and look around. There will likely be trash gathered on the floor, under the seats, and in the seat cracks. Clear out any wrappers, empty bottles, toys and other objects that your vacuum can’t handle.
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Tackle Floor Mats
Take the floor mats out of the vehicle and vigorously shake them out or on the floor as much as possible. This will make vacuuming much easier. Once all the mats are dirt-free, wash them out with soap and hot water if necessary and allow them to air dry completely before reinstalling them in the car. If you wash mats with a detergent, make sure that it will not leave mats slippery and unsafe while driving.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum
Vacuum both front and back seats, floor and, if necessary, trunk too. Vacuum every area of the car where you can take the nozzle, including under the pedals and along with the side door panels. Push the front seats back to work on the front upholstery. You can use the crevice tool to vacuum the cracks of the seats, between the seats and carpeted areas, and around the gas and brake pedals.
Grab a Rag
Now when the car is vacuumed, grab a rag or some cleaning wipes to wipe up all the dirt, sticky stuff, and dust. You can also spray a small amount of specific car- cleaner over the steering wheel console and the area between the seats. These products restore the new look of the car.
Clean Cup Holders
Cup holders can retain grime, spilled coffee, juices and dead hair and skin cells. Try using a cotton swab dipped in a little cleaning solution to clean those difficult areas. In some vehicles, the cup holder is removable which can make cleaning easier.
Spray a little window cleaner solution on windows and wipe clean with a paper towel or a microfiber cloth. You can also mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 rubbing alcohol and mix with 1 cup of water for an effective homemade window cleaner.
If you have stains on the seats or on the carpet, try using equal parts of water and vinegar and soak the area for 15 minutes. Then wipe clean with a wet cloth. If the stain still persists, try a product like Spot Shot. Spot-test in an inconspicuous area to make sure that the upholstery fabric is colorfast.
Remove Pet Fur
If you have a dog, you must know the pain of dealing with pet fur. If the vacuum cannot remove all the fur, try using a balloon. You can just blow up the balloon and rub it on the seats to create static electricity and remove the rest of the pet fur.
Get Into Crevices
Grab a paint stirrer or two from the hardware store. Wrap one end with a microfiber cloth and use the stick to get into those hard to reach areas between the seats and around the center console.
Create a home-made car air freshener with 1 cup of baking soda and 5 drops of essential oil in your favorite scent. Keep the soda and oil both in a sealable plastic bag or glass jar for 24 hours. Then shake it well, and sprinkle on the car’s floor and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then vacuum it up and your car will start smelling fresh and clean.