Cleaning the interior of your car is something that should be done regularly. It will keep the seats, carpeting, and overall condition of your vehicle looking better for longer. If you decide to resell it in the future, your car will have less stains, and will likely go for a higher price.
Where to Start
To start cleaning the interior of your car, throw away all of the garbage. After throwing away the garbage, take out anything that does not need to be in the car at that moment. Remove car seats, strollers, and empty out the cup holders so you have easy access to all the interior aspects of your vehicle. Once your vehicle is free of any extras that were in it, it is time to start cleaning.
Cleaning Leather Interior
The first step in cleaning leather seats is to vacuum them with an upholstery attachment so you do not damage the leather. Special leather seat cleaner is available at most auto stores, and is made to safely clean leather material. Spray the cleaner lightly on the leather, then wipe it off with a soft cloth.
Cleaning Cloth Interior
For cloth seats, vacuum them with a vacuum attachment and be sure to remove all the debris and dirt. A foam cleaner that is made for cloth material can be found at auto stores. Spray the foam cleaner directly on the cloth, wipe it with a wet sponge, then use a soft cloth to wipe away any residue. Let the cleaner dry before using it again. Once the cleaner is dry, vacuum the seats again so as to make sure they are clean. This will also fluff the cloth making it look better.
Cleaning the Carpet
Some carpet cleaners found at automotive stores come with a built in scrubber. These are handy to have and will get most stains out of the carpet, as long as they are not grease. Vacuum the carpet then spray the cleaner directly onto the carpet. Use the built in scrubber to rub away the stains. Let dry before using the vehicle again.
Cleaning the interior of your vehicle should be done on a regular basis so as to keep your car in good condition. Special cleaning agents can be purchased at your local auto store. Purchase the right cleaner for the type of material you have on your seats and for your carpet.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 4 Essential Things to Know About Cleaning the Interior of Your Car and was authored by Valerie Johnston.