4 Ways to Take Care of Your Car Interior
It is relatively easy to neglect the interior of your car. However, keeping the inside of your car in good conditions can make your car stay new for many years. We’ll show you a few simple tips of how to take care of your car’s inside.
Clean the Central Console
Take a rag, moisten it with household cleaner or glass cleaner and start cleaning from the cleanest to the dirtiest areas. Clean the dashboard, steering wheel, center console, gear shift, cup holders and the inside door pockets. Instead of a rag, you can also use cleaning wipes. Grime which is hard to clean or hard to reach can be cleaned with cotton swabs.
Pay special attention to the buttons on the dashboard. Use a damp rag to clean the buttons. To get into the difficult to reach corners and crevices, wrap the rag around the top of a flathead screwdriver. Dry the buttons with a clean rag afterwards. Alternatively, you can also use an old, soft bristle toothbrush to get rid of the grime that accumulated over time. Textured surfaces may also be cleaned with an old toothbrush by brushing it in a circular motion.
Clean the Inside Windows
While the outside of car windows usually get regular attention, use a dampened microfiber towel to clean the inside windows. Microfiber towels are great for cleaning windows since they don’t cause any streaking and are great for removing tough stains. Use window cleaner or glass cleaner. Avoid using glass cleaners with ammonia, as they can dry out and damage the plastic in your car. To clean the inside windshield, side windows, rear window and sunroof use the microfiber towel in circular motions. After cleaning each window use the other side of the microfiber towel to polish the window. Make sure that the corners and edges of the windows are properly polished. If necessary, repeat the procedure to achieve the desired results.
Cleaning Carpets and Floor Mats
Cleaning the carpets and floor mats is a bit of a tedious task, but you will be rewarded with a car interior looking like new. Plan between two and three hours to shampoo the carpets and mats. Before shampooing, you should make sure to thoroughly vacuum carpet and floor mats. Afterwards, get a bucket of warm water and spray sections of the carpet with carpet cleaner. Use a sponge in circular motions. Dip the sponge in the water to keep it wet but use as little water as possible. Wipe the suds away with with the sponge or a damp towel. Refill your bucket with clean, warm water when necessary. Use a damp cloth towel to rinse the carpet. Allow the carpet to dry overnight.
Clean and Repair Car Seats
Start by vacuuming the seats to remove any debris or particles. Be careful not to scratch the leather while vacuuming. Remove the surface dirt by spraying leather cleaner onto a microfiber towel and wipe over the seats. Alternatively, you can use saddle soap to wipe off the grime. Spray the cleaner onto the seats and use a soft-bristled brush to deep clean the leather. If your leather is perforated, spray the cleaner directly onto the brush and scrub the leather with it. Afterwards, wipe the seat dry with a microfiber cloth. If you discover any damages in your leather, use Coconix Leather Care Pro – Leather and Vinyl Repair Kit to easily fix damages on your leather car seats. Simply mix the color compounds to match the color of your furniture and apply on the damages. Fix any damages before they get bigger. A hole or a rip on your car seat is easy to fix in a cost-effective way. Treat any damage as early as possible with Coconix Leather Care Pro – Leather and Vinyl Repair Kit.