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8 Steps to Interior Car Care



e all know that it is important to take care of the outside of our car. We know that professional car washes protect our cars from the elements and helps ensure that our cars retain their value. But, how many of us truly realize the importance of also taking care of the interior of our cars? If you’re like most, you probably have neglected the inside of your car. Well, before you allow this neglect to lower the value of your car, now is the time to take control and really learn some tips that will improve the life and value of your car.  In this article, we will discuss some proven tips on caring for your car’s interior.


  • Glove Compartments. Always remember to clean out your glove compartment and consoles of excess documents, materials, etc. For some reason, junk tends to accumulate in these areas. However, don’t throw away such things as your owner’s manual, insurance cards, maps, atlases, etc.


  • Floor Mats. When cleaning the interior, always pull out your floor mats and vacuum them and also vacuum the inside of your car. If the mats are really dirty you should scrub them with a gentle cleaner and a really good scrub brush. Unless you purchase washable mats, you shouldn’t wash them in a washing machine because they might make the car’s interior wet and that could become moldy and smelly.


  • Vacuuming. Make sure that you thoroughly vacuum the inside of your car and also apply some carpet freshener.


  • Spots on Carpet. If you notice a spot on your carpet, you can spot clean it with a gentle cleaner like Resolve. You might also be able to use a steam cleaner to get to those stubborn stains. If you use a steam cleaner try and choose the one with attachments so that you can get those hard to reach places.


  • Windows and Windshield. Use a gentle glass cleaner, preferably alcohol based, like Windex, to thoroughly clean all of your windows including your windshield. You can then use paper towel or newspaper to dry it.


  • Dashboards. To clean your dashboard, use a little bit of furniture polish. This will ensure that you clean the surface but will ensure that you don’t leave a funny looking glossy shine. If you decide to apply special vinyl protectants, make sure that you use and follow manufacturer’s instructions.


  • Cleaning Spots. If you find some spots on your cloth interior, you can use a special cloth cleaner to clean up the spot. However if you’re working on a budge, you can also use 2/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup of white household vinegar. To use this method, you have to blot the spot and then let it dry. The only problem though is that then your car will smell like vinegar.


  • Air Freshener. Last but not least, don’t forget the air freshener. You can purchase hanging air fresheners at your local auto supply store. Make sure that you choose a pleasant but not overwhelming scent.


Most people concentrate on the exterior of their car, but while cleaning the interior of your car may not seem that important, keep in mind that a fresh interior will not only add to the resale value of your car, but may very well impress your date on Friday night!


Also see:

Your Car's Interior

First Aid Tools for Your Car

Leather, Cloth, or Vinyl: Choosing the Best Seat Covers for Your Car

Door Panels-The Rattle and Pounding Fix

Hauling Trash and the Sponge Game - Cleaning your Vehicle’s Interior




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