Remove Large Pieces of Trash
In order to successfully clean the interiors of your car the first step which you need to take is to de-clutter it. Remove all extraneous items including valuables which could come in the way of the cleaning process such as magazines, books, children’s toys and gym bags. This could also be opportunity for you to organize things which would otherwise have remained behind in your vehicle for a long time to come.
All recyclable items like cardboard and paper items, water bottles etc need to be taken out and kept inside of a recycling container. If it is in your driveway that you are cleaning your car, you could bring the recycling container over to your vehicle quite easy so that all recyclable items can be easily thrown into it. You can take these out of your car and put them into the recycling container directly.
Use Car Wipes To Sanitize The Dashboard And Console
The central console of the car is an area that you need to wipe down with a moistened rag in order to be able to clean it thoroughly. The rag should be moistened with any glass or household cleaner and wiped over the clean areas first after which you can use this to wipe over the dirtiest parts of the central console. The inside door pockets and the gear shifts should also be well wiped with such a rag. You could also use car cleaning wipes in the place of a moistened rag. You should make it a point to use clean cloth only when cleaning out the central console or you will simply end up distributing the grime and dirt all over again. Grime in areas that are otherwise quite hard to reach such as any detailing on a steering wheel, can be wiped away using cotton buds. You can wipe off the dust in the cup holders using a cleaning wipe or a rag too.
You need to clean the buttons on the car’s dashboard with a damp rag first and dry this off later with a clean rag. You may also use what is termed as a flathead screwdriver in order to clean the grime and the dust that can accumulate in the areas around the buttons on the dashboard.
Once this is done use a soft bristled and old toothbrush to clean out some of the tough parts such as leather grain in the console and the interior doors. The brush should be used in a circular motion if you want to get rid of the dirt successfully.
Clean The Windows With A Glass Cleaner
The windows of the car can be scrubbed using microfiber towels. Use this towel in a circular motion in order to clean the inside of the windows, the windshield, the rear window and also the side windows. Special attention must be paid to the edges and corners of the car windows as these are easily prone to the accumulation of dust. If necessary you can apply the buff and the cleaner for a second time.
Remove The Floor Mats
The floor mats of the car need to be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner. Prior to vacuuming, you should remove the floor mats and dust these out in order to remove the grime that could lie underneath them. If you use plastic floor mats in your car, you can hose these down with the help of a garden hose and then allow them to dry. If you use carpet mats then these need to be taken out of the car vacuumed or vacuumed inside the car itself.
Vacuum The Car Seats
When vacuuming the seats and the upholstery, you should begin by vacuuming the ceiling of the car and then gradually make your way down to the car floor. Appropriate nozzles ought to be used for the many different surfaces of the car. You will have to use the upholstery nozzle in order to vacuum the upholstery, the headliner and the seats in the vehicle. The crevice tool may be used to clean the crevices in the car seats as well as in the seat pockets. When cleaning vinyl and hard plastic you should make use of a dusting brush while the carpet on the car floor can be well cleaned using a floor brush.
The leather seats of the car need to be cleaned and conditioned or else these are likely to dry out. An appropriate cleaner such as a saddle soap and a soft brush are what you could best use in order to clean out the leather seats. If the seats are worn out or cracked then you may just have to replace them.
Use A Carpet Cleaner To Clean Carpet Stains
There are approved cleaners that you can use such as a carpet cleaner in order to clean the upholstery in your car quite efficiently. Avoid using any window cleaner though on the upholstered fabric car seats.
Remove Tough Stains From Seats
You can remove tough stains on your car seats that may have been caused due to candy, crayons, chocolate or other products leading to undesirable car seat stains with the help of a clean rag and a stain remover.
Finally, the car seats should be well aired out and an air freshener should be installed in order to make the interiors of the car smell good. If smoking is a habit of yours, then using a specialized air freshener can help in removing the smoke odours in the car.