How to clean car interiors is a major concern for any car owner. The good news is you have come to the right place!
I am about to use my 30-plus years of professional auto detailing experience and help you filter through the hype, the bad information, and the endless opinions of all the so-called experts and show you how to go from where you currently are, to success!
Despite what you have been told or what you think, cleaning your car upholstery is easier than most people realize.
Forget about the heavy duty carpet extractors, the specialized products, and specialized tools. I am going to break this down to simple, easy, and effective.
One of the biggest lie's of this industry is the need for 10 different specialized cleaners based on the exact material:
All these cleaners are going to be what you will be up against. Most people like yourself will soon become overwhelmed at all the choices trying to decide which cleaner is safe or appropriate for the type of material in your car you are trying to clean.
Yes, there is good news. You seriously need only a single type of cleaner. How to clean car interiors really can be as simple as a single cleaner.
Just remember that based on the manufacturer, this single type of cleaner can be called many things, but ultimately are all the same: An all-purpose cleaner. And just like the name implies; it can clean virtually any material, and most surfaces within your cars interior.
Next step will be to decide your needs based on you and your world. For most of you reading this, a single, sprayer bottle of cleaner will work just fine. But with that said, I have laid out additional choices for those of you looking to get more cleaner in a more economical size.
Adam's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner 16oz
Griot's Garage 10956 Interior Cleaner 22oz
If you are entering the world of professional detailing your needs are going to be different. Instead of cleaning the car interior of just your own car9s), you will be going through much more interior cleaner and therefor buying in bulk will make more sense due to the cost savings.
Upholstery & Carpet Shampoo 16 oz
Chemical Guys CWS_103 Foaming Citrus Fabric Clean Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo (16 Oz), 16. Fluid_Ounces
The right car interior cleaner is obviously the starting point when how to clean car interiors is your goal. Finding and using the right tools for the job will be your next priority.
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
Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels, 36 Count (Pack of 1), Yellow - 713160
Darren's Tips: I remember when I used micro-fiber cloths for the first time after using traditional terry cloth towels to clean car interiors. The microfiber cloths "grabbed" the material and it was harder to use.
But like any new "tool", there is an adjustment period. Using micro-fibers to clean a car interior is no exception. Anyone asking me how to clan car interiors is going to get the same recommendation as well as the same professional tip from me about switching away from cotton, or terry cloth towels and switching to micro-fiber cloths to do all your car interior cleaning.
Not only is the adjustment period well worth it, but as you get accustomed to using the micro-fibers you will learn first hand how truly superior these cloths are to any other cloth:
Whether you car interior has leather, cloth, or vinyl seating matters not as I ONLY use micro-fiber for both interior and exterior car detailing and cleaning.
I start out with these micro-fiber cloths using a virgin cloth for the finest, most delicate tasks of detailing, then they get demoted down the more I use and wash them for progressively dirtier and dirtier tasks of detailing.
This can be seen in the 3 various staged of devolution of the very micro-fiber cloths I am recommending.
Just like a lot of areas of life; you have this thing called the ripple effect. Typically how to clean car interiors will start with the obvious areas and quickly bleed into the other details of your cars interior.
And when it comes to the more intricate areas of your car, you will also need the appropriate tools for this type of cleaning.
Detail Factory Ultra-Soft Detailing Brush Set
Now that I have laid out the products and the tools, let me show you the exact steps of how to clean car interiors:
Remember to be realistic when attempting to clean car interiors. How to clean car interiors is as much about the right cleaners and tools as it is abut maintaining realistic exceptions when cleaning a car interior.
I have sen car interiors so dirty and neglected, that if this amount of dirt was present in their home, it would not even be a consideration to clan it as replacement would be the only option.
But I accept that people's expectations for their car's interiors are different than that of their home.
Also know that despite how dirty your car interior may be, you will be greatly surprised how these products and tools will perform for you if you apply a little elbow grease.
I promise a short while in your car, armed with these products and tools and you will be completely impressed at the results you will get even if you are unable to obtain perfection.