Cleaning the interior of your car serves several purposes. It can:
- Increase your car’s value if you are selling it
- Extend the life of your vinyl or leather components such as the dashboard and seats
- Improve your satisfaction with your vehicle
Services that clean vehicles are expensive. Interior detailing can be as simple as vacuuming the carpets and floor mats, and ranges into full detailing including carpet shampooing, vinyl cleaning and dressing, and leather conditioning.
If you want to save money, you can clean your vehicle on your own. Depending on how in-depth you want to clean your vehicle, it can range from less than an hour to four or more hours of your time. The end result will be the satisfaction of a job well done, a clean vehicle, and more money in your pocket.
- Tip: Take everything out of your car regardless of how much of a deep clean you would like to perform. Throw out any garbage and store any seasonal items like a snow brush or scraper in the trunk or in your garage if they are not needed.
Step 1: Remove your floor mats if equipped. Carefully lift out your mats whether they are rubber or carpet floor mats.
- Once they are outside your vehicle, dump off the loose dirt and gravel. Beat them lightly with a broomstick or against a wall.
Step 2: Vacuum the floors. Use an upholstery attachment without bristles on the vacuum hose and turn the vacuum cleaner on.
- Run the vacuum over all the carpeted surfaces, first picking up loose dirt and gravel.
- Once the bulk of the dirt has been vacuumed up, go over the carpet again with the same attachment, agitating the carpet with the vacuum attachment in short back and forth strokes.
- This loosens dirt and dust that is deeper in the carpet and sucks it out.
- Pay special attention to the area around the pedals on the front driver’s side.
- Reach the vacuum end as far under the seats as possible to pick up dirt and dust that collect there.
- Vacuum the floor mats thoroughly. Pass the vacuum over them several times as dirt and dust get embedded deep in the fibers.
Step 3: Vacuum the seats. Pick up any loose dirt or dust from the seats with the upholstery attachment.