How to properly vacuum your car | Autoblog Details

The interior of our cars can get dirty pretty quickly. Aside from looking unsightly, dust, pollen, and even mold can grow without regular cleaning. Here is the proper technique for a quick, yet thorough interior vacuum. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.
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[00:00:00] The interior of our cars can get dirty pretty quickly. And aside from looking unsightly, over time it can actually be a health hazard as dust, pollen, and even mold can grow without regular cleaning. So we're gonna discuss the proper technique for a quick yet thorough interior vacuum today on Details. My name is Larry Kosilla, and I'm a professional detailer. Together with Auto Blog we're creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos. This is Auto Blog Details.

[00:00:30] Here are the items you'll need for this task. First, open all doors and your trunk. Then, with two plastic bags in hand, remove all loose items from the car. This includes items that are considered garbage and items that are worth keeping, or, at the very least, deciding on their fate at a later time. Either way, get them out of the car. Next, remove the floor mats

[00:01:00] and place them somewhere clean and dry, in other words, not in a puddle of water. If you have access to compressed air, it's a good idea to blow out the seat tracks, underneath the seats, shifter boots, and the seams of the seat bottom to help loosen any trapped dirt. If you have no access to air, don't worry about it, we'll get to those spots either way. Before you start vacuuming with any crevice tool, it's a good idea to sand
down any plastic burrs or sharp edges that come from the plastic mold during the manufacturing process.

[00:01:30] These burrs will get caught, and pull the carpet fibers and scratch the leather while vacuuming. If you don't have sandpaper,simply scuff the plastic against the floor until the tip is smooth with no burrs. Push the seat all the way back on its rails, and then lay the seat back towards the rear of the car. Start vacuuming underneath the seat,
and then the seat track rails, between the seat and the center console, foot well, and so on, working in a counterclockwise direction.

[00:02:00] Be careful not to remove any seat rail grease when working this area. Keep a brush near you in case of trapped dirt in the carpet. It can be helpful to brush the fibers, and then immediately vacuum the dirt as it's lifted. Likewise, giving the carpet a quick smack can dislodge the buried dirt, bringing it to the surface for vacuuming. Next, vacuum the seat back, and then the seam where the seat bottom meets the seat back. This is where last year's Cheerios like to hide, so give it a good vacuum. Next, work the seat bottom

[00:02:30] by spreading the seams by hand, and run the crevice tool at the base of the stitch. If the seat happens to be very old or brittle, use compressed air or a soft bristled brush to gently sweep the dirt out before vacuuming. Repeat this process counterclockwise around the vehicle. Start from the driver's side, and work your way counterclockwise around the car. Afterwards, beat the carpets by hand, blow them out with air,

[00:03:00] or simply vacuum them if they're not excessively dirty. But before you replace them in the car, always check the back of the carpet to insure you didn't pick up any leaves or wet gunk, and accidentally put them back on your freshly cleaned carpet. When this technique becomes habit, this process should take no longer than 10 minutes during your regular wash maintenance. For an added wow factor, brush the fibers of the carpet in opposite directions to make a clean design, or what I call the baseball field effect. For more how to car care videos, visit

[00:03:30] I'm Larry Kosilla from See you next time. [00:03:32]

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