Cleaning the Interior by yourself

By: Gertrude

Seats, floor mats, , interior accessories, seat belts, dash board - these are few of the things found inside the car. Much as you want the exterior to be clean and look great, the interior must also be prioritized when talking about car maintenance.

Huge cars like trucks needs labor intensive cleaning on the , huge carpets or floor mats. Minivans and sports car, on the other hand, needs less labor intensive cleaning basically because of its small space to clean.

But whatever the size of your vehicle is, the interior of your car is not a storage area for empty cans and old French fries. It should, therefore be clean and well maintained.

A dirty cabin not only looks and smells bad. It can also create or contribute to operational problems. Dirty air particles can spread dust and other allergens about the cabin. Dusty windows and mirrors can obscure the driver's view of the road. This can consequently cause road accidents.

Every car owner needs a meticulous cleaning, going beyond simply picking up old fast-food wrappers and emptying the ashtray. Other people leave the cleaning to professional detailers, often paying more than $100. What most do not know is that it can be done easily at home using regular household tools and cleaners.

First, work with the vacuum. Floor parts need to be vacuumed periodically.

Cloth interiors require shampooing and stain removal. Leather interiors require special conditioners to keep the skins soft and pliable. With today's technology, you need not to worry about interior cleaner. Almost any type of interior problem can be solved with a specific cleaner. Always read the label and follow the directions exactly for optimum results. Sometimes surface preparation is required prior to applying stain remover or using other interior chemicals properly. The may be brushed with soap and water, depending on its type. Any auto parts store will have a variety of cleaners for different types of surfaces, including carpet, upholstery, leather, and plastic. But there is no need to buy specialty cleaners just for cars--household cleaners work fine.

A good way to clean the carpet is with the use of a steam cleaner. If a steam cleaner is not available, a general spray-on carpet cleaner is another option. Work the compound into the carpet with a stiff bristle brush. Avoid getting the carpet and upholstery too wet as you risk acquiring mildew or damaging nearby electronic equipment. Use a specialty cleaning product to remove stain such as makeup, oil, gum, tree sap, or tar.

Use spray-on upholstery cleaner for cloth upholstery and work it in with a soft brush and let it dry, according to directions. Do not forget to clean the rear parcel shelf, safety belts, and seat joints.

To all leather areas, use leather cleaner, saddle soap, or another mild leather soap on a damp cloth and rub it softly. Remove the excess soap with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Use cotton swabs to remove excess soap from the seams.

Use glass cleaner to wash the inside of windows. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth to avoid streaking and getting the cleaner on the upholstery.

On hard surfaces, a household all-purpose cleaner will do. It will clean any remaining dirt on your dashboard, rubber door moldings, and interior trim. Again, spray the cleaner directly on a clean cloth. Clean tight areas such as air vents, panel seams, and radio buttons with a dampened soft toothbrush, cotton swab, or small paintbrush. Also, do not forget to clean the safety-belt buckles, change drawer, glove compartment, and ashtray.

For the final touches, apply conditioner that suits your car. A second vacuuming is also important to remove dirt dislodged during the cleaning process. If you still have noticeable odors after such a vigorous cleaning, use an odor-removal product designed to get smells out of fabrics.

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