Top 10 Cleaning Tips for the Inside of Your Car
If you drive a lot for work or have children and pets, you know how difficult it can be to keep the interior of your car clean. Here are 10 cleaning tips and tricks to make your car’s interior shine.
Before removing the vacuum cleaner and cleaning materials, go inside and look around. There is likely to be rubbish on the floor, under the seats and in the seat slots. Throw away wraps, bottles, toys and other items that the vacuum cleaner cannot handle.
Tackle Floor Mats
Remove the mats from the vehicle and shake them as much as possible. This will make aspiration much easier. Rub them in hot soapy water if necessary and allow them to air dry completely before reinstalling them.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum
Vacuum the front and rear seats, the floor and, if necessary, the trunk. Vacuum all areas of the vehicle where the mouthpiece can be obtained, even under the pedals and along the side door panels.
Grab a Rag
Now that the car is sucked in, take a rag or wipes to clean all the dirt, sticky material and dust. You can also spray a small amount of car-specific cleaner onto the console, the steering wheel and the area between the seats. These products restore the appearance of a new car.
Clean Cup Holders
Cup holders can contain dirt, spilled coffee and dead skin and hair cells (disgust). Try using a cotton ball soaked in a small cleaning solution to get to those difficult areas. In some vehicles, the entire cup holder is removable for easy cleaning.
Spray a window cleaning solution on the windows and clean with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. You can also mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/2 isopropyl alcohol and dilute with 1 cup of water for an effective household glass cleaner.
If there are stains on the seats or on the carpet, try using equal parts of water and vinegar and soak the area for 15 minutes. Then clean with a damp cloth. If the stain persists, try a product like Spot Shot or Resolve. Try in a discreet position to make sure the upholstery fabric is color resistant.
Remove Pet Fur
If you have a dog, you know the pain of dealing with fur. If the vacuum doesn’t remove all the fur, try using a balloon. Just pop the balloon and rub it on the seats to create static electricity and remove the rest of the animal’s hair.
Get Into Crevices
Get a shaker or two the next time you’re in the hardware store. Wrap one end with a microfiber cloth and use the swab to get into those hard-to-reach areas between the seats and around the center console.
Create a homemade air freshener with 1 cup of baking soda and 5 drops of essential oil in your favorite perfume. Put the soda and oil in a zip-lock plastic bag or glass jar for 24 hours. Then shake it, sprinkle it on the car floor and let it rest for 20 minutes. So suck it in and your car will smell fresh and clean.