By Madeline Klein on March 26, 2019.
Sure, you get a car wash every once in a while, when the dirt and dust really start building up. But how often do you clean the interior of your ride? We mean really get deep down into it, scrubbing seats and rinsing off floor mats? If you’re like us, that probably doesn’t happen too often.
But let’s face it, a good deep cleaning of the interior of your car can make it feel like it did the day you drove it off the lot. Take some time to do a deep cleaning every couple of months, and you’ll feel like the rest of your life is a little more put together too. Or at least we can pretend it is.
1. Remove the floor mats
Whether you have rubber or carpet floor mats, it’s best to remove them from your car and hit them with the hose. That’ll get out dust and dirt that’s built up from those dirty shoes. Once you’re done, let them dry completely before doing anything else.
If your mats are really struggling with stubborn stains, vacuum them and try a foam cleaner. Slowly work in the foam into small sections at a time with a wet sponge. Once you’re satisfied with your foaming, you can vacuum the mats again when they’ve dried.
2. Revitalize your leather
Got leather? If you do, we’re only slightly jealous. That does mean that you’ll need to do a little work to keep it looking beautiful though. There are leather cleaners that will help remove dirt and/or stains. After that, use a leather protectant to help resist future stains. Protectants with conditioners will help keep your leather extra luscious.
3. Clean upholstery
Not part of club leather? No worries, there’s comfy upholstery for the rest of us. Get an upholstery cleaner and go to town on your seats. Don’t use too much cleaner at once though, or you’ll saturate your fabric. Use a little and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Clean small sections at a time and don’t be afraid to really scrub it. Try a fabric protectant to help upholstery better resist stains in the future.
4. Wipe the dashboard and console
Your dashboard and console get a lot of use in your car. Take the time to wipe them down with a damp cloth. There are some car cleaners out there that you can use if you’ve got some tough spots. When you’re getting the dash, be sure to get the dust out of your vents too. You can use compressed air if you feel like they aren’t as spotless as you’d like from the damp towel.
5. Scrub door frames and paneling
It’s time to clean those doors. You can use a car-specific cleaner to wipe them down. Be sure to wipe the door handles, any buttons, and the cupholders at the bottom of the door if you’ve got them. These areas can collect a lot of dust, dirt, and gross grime. That’s a classic spot for kids to put stuff during a long ride, so if you’ve gone on a family road trip recently, you may want to give those areas some special attention. If you’re going in deep, you can use soapy water to clean around the outside of the door frame and panel too.
6. Wash the windows
Now you can wash the windows to make your car look spotless. As with most other things, there are specific car window cleaners out there for you to choose from. These are easier on your windows than something like Windex. A microfiber towel will be your best friend for window cleaning because they won’t leave behind streaks or dust.
A sparkling-clean ride
Taking the time to follow these tips will make your ride feel clean for weeks. Okay, maybe just days if you have kids, but those few days will be really great. And if you clean the outside of your car with some of these pro tips for an at-home car cleaning, you’ll be turning some heads on the road.