Step 1 – Cleaning the Dash
Just use a vinyl cleaner of your choice, they are pretty much available at any automotive stores and other stores alike. Depending on the cleaner you use, Dilute part of the concentration to water if recommended, only use pure cleaner for intense stains that are stubborn. Use a soft cloth then apply cleaner in a liberal manner to the concerned sections. After applying, dry it up immediately using a clean towel, micro fiber is best because it doesn‘t leave any lint behind. You can use this to clean the other interior panels also.
Step 2 – Detailing
When cleaning the interior there are many areas that are commonly overlooked. Some of these areas are the air vents in the dash, cup holders, door handles, seat belts, and other small areas that are hard to clean. On air vents use a small brush to clean the dust out from between the vents. You can use the brush to clean other spots that are hard to get towels into.
Step 3 – Vacuum
Before starting to vacuum remove everything that comes in contact with the carpet and floor areas, like the mats, auto kits, trash, etc. It helps to use a strong vacuum. A small one which runs on rechargeable batteries will not be enough and the same goes for those that plug in the lighter plug of your car. It is best that you use something more powerful like your home’s vacuum cleaner. A shop vacuum would be perfect for the job. If you don’t have one you can go to a local car wash, most of them have good vacuums. Vacuum everything in sight which includes under the seats, inside the trunk, anywhere that dirt can get. If there is ground in dirt you may need to use a brush to loosen it to remove it from the carpets.
Step 4 – Floor mat cleaning
This is easy. After removing them from your car’s interior, you can use the water hose or pressure washer on them to get all the dust and dirt off of them. The majority who do this get most of the dirt out, but some may find it quite difficult to get some stains out. If washing them doesn’t get the job done, then it may be necessary to apply a carpet cleaner and then brush it. After they dry then you can put them back in the vehicle.
Tough tip: Its good to use hot or warm water whenever you plan on cleaning your interior. This strategy helps to loosen stubborn dirt and debris that over time settles into the interior of your vehicle.
The Carshow Guy