Welcome to car interior cleaning tips!
You didn't know this but the industry has you chasing your tail.
If you were to follow the lead of the industry, your garage shelves would be lined with endless dedicated cleaners all labeled specifically based on the countless types of materials you will encounter when trying to clean the interior of your car.
And if you are tired of being seduced by the next shiny object the industry dangles in front of you, then you have come to the right place.
I am going to break this page down into sections based on products, tools, and techniques. All designed to show you a much better way to get the results you want with less time, less effort, and less products!
Sounds like a WIN to me! I hope you agree...
Rather than bury you with the vast sea of automotive upholstery cleaners, I am going to limit my recommendations to three basic choices (you will understand why I am offering up three as you read further). This one topic alone is saturated with endless options where the industry has you thinking you need individual products for every material within your cars interior.
But this just isn't the case...
Adam's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner 16oz
Griot's Garage 10956 Interior Cleaner 22oz
Chemical Guys HOL315 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Kit (3 Items), 16. Fluid_Ounces
RIDGID 50313 4000RV Portable Wet Dry Vacuum, 4-Gallon Small Wet Dry Vac with 5.0 Peak HP Motor, Pro Hose, Ergonomic Handle, Cord Wrap, Blower Port
RIDGID VT2534 6-Piece Auto Detailing Vacuum Hose Accessory Kit for 1 1/4 Inch RIDGID Vacuums
Upholstery Cleaner Scrub Brush Set Cleaning Brush and Horsehair Detailing Brush for Car Interior, Seats, Boat, Couch, Sofa and Carpet
Maxshine Ever So Soft (ESS) Detailing Brush, Set-Small+Large
Despite what you may think, cleaning the interior of your car does not require carpet extractors, commercial equipment, or even specialized equipment.
So far I have laid out easy to get products and tools that will deliver truly professional results. Now I want to lay out the necessary steps for success as part of my car interior cleaning tips that promise to put a smile on your face.
I know this represents a big buzz-kill to many of you. But vacuuming first truly serves an important step to your success. Teaching you this would be among the most useful car interior cleaning tips due to so many people who overlook this important step. Removing dirt that is dry is far easier than dirt you need to use a cleaner on. And there is no better way to removing as much dry dirt as possible first than there is with vacuuming. I even go as far as scrubbing any areas with one of the chosen scrubbers above to further loosen embedded dirt that you can simply vacuum up prior to introducing a liquid cleaner to the equation.
One of the biggest mistakes people will make will be to over-saturate the area being cleaned with far too much upholstery cleaner. You simply need to spray the area to be cleaned with 3-5 sprays of your chosen cleaner as the initial cleaning. Dismiss the idea of thinking you will be able to remove all the dirt with one big sloppy application of upholstery cleaner.
you have sprayed cleaner, then you scrub to break up dirt. Pick the
most appropriate scrub brush and scrub away. You will literally see the
dirt beak down and the area begins to look clean even before you mop up
the actual dirt.
Despite the dirt disappearing before your eyes as you scrub, you need to mop up the area you have just scrubbed with some type of clean cloth. I always prefer the use of a micro-fiber cloth over any other type of cloth. Micro-fiber cloths are far more absorbent and don't leave lint.Once you embrace the use of micro-fiber cloths, you will never go back to traditional cotton towels or cloths!
Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels, 36 Count (Pack of 1), Yellow - 713160
I hope at this point you have come to some new conclusions with my car interior cleaning tips designed to empower you with professional experience so that you too can get professional results.
I promise if you follow the recommendations on this page you will not only produce amazing results, but your results will put a huge smile on your face!
If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning the car interior of your car that may be severely neglected and is severely dirty,; just break your car interior cleaning efforts down into bite-size areas oc cleaning and detailing.
There's no rule that says you have to tackle the entire car upholstery cleaning all at one time. I find it very useful to attack specific areas in stages based on your time and energy constraints in the moment.