Have you ever had your car interior detailed? It’s amazing how awesome it can be to have a completely cleaned and deodorized car cabin. Most of us spend between 8 and 15 hours per week in our cars, so caring for the interior only makes sense. With so many of us having to commute farther and farther to work, we want the inside of the card to be as clean if not cleaner than the outside. Here are some tips to keep the inside of your car as clean and shiny as the day you took it home from the car lot. If you remember the way your car smelled when you too her off of your Jeep Dealer’s lot, then you’ll understand why detailing your car’s interior is important.
Dirt and Dust Happen
Dirt happens, dust happens, and if you let them go for too long, they will get ground into your carpet and be almost impossible to get out. All you need is a good vacuum with a hose and a nice sized extension cord. Remove floor mats and shake out outside the car, then vacuum the interior. If you have cloth seats vacuum those too. Use the small detail head on the hose to get into hard to reach places. For spaces that the detail head won’t reach, using a small makeup brush to brush the dust out of air vents or cracks and into the vacuum hose will do wonders. Also, make sure that you are moving your front seats when vacuuming the back area of the car. Move the seat all the way forward, and when doing the front move the chair all the way back.
Clean and Treat your Dash
Again the makeup brush will come in handy to get grit and dirt from hard to reach places. Use a detailing towel, and vinyl safe products. Some things to consider is getting a product that will protect your dash from uv rays. There are many on the market. Use applicator sponges and detailing towels to apply and wipe down. Makeup brushes and cotton swabs do well for air vents.
Cleaning and Treating Door Panels and Jambs
Door panels are usually made of several materials like vinyl, plastic, and cloth. Use appropriate products on each and soft cloths and detail brushes for vinyl and plastic. The detail brush is especially good around window buttons and consoles. Consider a fabric protector and vinyl protector in these areas.
Detailing Vinyl and Plastic
These are the most durable materials to use for the interior, however, they generate static meaning that they are dust magnets. Use materials made for cleaning vinyl and plastic. Using household soap and water will cause your vinyl and plastic to lose their luster. Spray on the cleaning solution, rub gently into seats and backs with sponge or cloth. If you must rinse, use a damp towel. Dry the vinyl or plastic with a dry microfiber towel.
Cleaning Carpets and Floor Mats
Messes happen. Especially if you have children. Luckily there are a number of products on the market which can keep your carpets looking new. Always remember to apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to a small conspicuous area to check for discoloration or changes in the feel of carpet. Spray on cleaner 2 square feet at a time and scrub with a sponge. Wipe away suds with a sponge and a towel. Use clean water and a towel to rinse the carpet clean. Allow to dry overnight.