The state of your car’s interior says a lot about you. Majority of car owners go out of their way to ensure all maintenance routines are carried out on their cars but they overlook the interior. More often than not, they make the assumption that the interior does not require much work. However, this could not be far from the truth. Just like any other part of your car, it is essential that you take care of the interior as well. The good news is that you don’t have to spend money to ensure your car’s interior is perfect. You can choose to handle this on your own and save on money that you would have to pay a professional.
There are certain areas of your car’s interior that you can handle on your own without use of any special tools or prior training. Some of these areas include carpets and floor mats, steering wheel, glass, seats, knobs, console, levers and switches. One of the simplest yet necessary things you can do is cleaning the interior for purposes of bringing out the sparkle on surfaces. You can use an oil soap that will leave a nice smell inside the car and leave your leather, plastic and vinyl with a perfect shine. When cleaning your car’s interior with oil soap, you should mix it with some warm water. After cleaning, you should consider the possibility of re-waxing since it is very likely the existing wax will be stripped away.
Use a small vacuum that will fit under and in between seats to clean them thoroughly. The cloth of your seats should also be cleaned with the use of a tested liquid cleaner. The liquid cleaner should be used sparingly and on big spots that can be cleaned quickly. This is for purposes of making sure that the seat is cleaned quickly enough and the cleaner does not penetrate into the cars foam padding. If your car has leather seats, they should be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. You can use a towel to do this but make sure you wring it dry first after dipping it into the cleaning solution. Leather seats should be wiped in circular motion and in varying directions. After wiping the seats, you should use a dry piece of cloth and buff the seats dry quickly.
Another area that needs to be cleaned with oil soap is the dashboard. The gauges and dash panels are made from plastic and hence, they are known to scratch very easily. For this reason, when cleaning these, use a soft cloth and use a cleaner that is not abrasive. After cleaning the dirt, take another clean soft cloth and wipe the area using a window cleaner. Cleaning switches and lever knobs will prove tricky though. This is because some are recessed while others tend to be surrounded by numerous obstacles thus making it almost impossible to assess them. In order to clean these areas, you need to use your imagination and creativity. You can use cotton swabs by attaching them to coat hanger with duct tape to access deep crevices.
Once done with the dash, you should clean the windows. It is this part of the project that either perfectly completes it or breaks your efforts. You need to get rid of all smudges. Therefore, take time to clean the glass and ensure the outside and inside are sparkling.
Another area you need to clean and which people tend to overlook is the door edges and door jambs yet these areas are known to collect lots of dirt. It is on these arts that you find grime and grease. Take time to clean these as well.
With these simple tips, you should be able to effectively clean your car’s interior and hence, ensure it retains its appeal.