When most people think of spring cleaning, their cars aren’t typically the first thing that comes to mind.
Oftentimes, people don’t want to take the time to give their car interiors a nice cleaning, or they simply don’t know how to best approach cleaning their car’s insides. Some people even pay big bucks to have someone else clean up their interiors, which should never be the case.
Cleaning your car’s interior actually can be done rather quickly and inexpensively if you know what you’re doing.
Here are six quick tips for cleaning your car’s interior.
Take your car mats out and beat them down!
To be honest, the first step is actually to take all of the trash and everything else out of your vehicle. After that, though, you need to take your car’s mats out and beat them down.
I have a $13 tennis racquet that I bought from Wal-Mart, but you can beat the mats with whatever you want. The key is to get all of the dirt, dust, and grime out of them. Sometimes, people cheat and try to vacuum all of this out of the mats, but you really need to beat the mats first instead.
You can have fun with it, though! Make beating the mats a way for you to release any stored up anger!
Use an extension cord
After you get the mats beaten down and have all of the junk out of your vehicle, park as close to your house as you can.
Then, with the help of an extension cord, bring your vacuum to your car and suck up all of the small dirt and debris. If you have a vacuum with a long hose, this will be helpful.
A lot of people use the expensive vacuum cleaners that are oftentimes at car washes, but you can save yourself the money and just vacuum out your car yourself.
If you don’t already have an extension cord, they’re pretty cheap and will end up paying for themselves pretty fast, considering their many uses. Wal-Mart has a 120-foot cord for only $26. Having 120 feet of extension cord will open up so many possibilities! You’ll be able to plug in things and use them far, far away from an outlet.
Invest in a fabric cleaner if you have a fabric upholstery
Between messy kids, meals on the go, and regular wear and tear, cars’ upholstery can get pretty grungy pretty fast.
All it takes to fix this is a cheap fabric cleaner. An easy type of cleaner to use is Scotch Guard.
On top of being a simple spray-and-scrub type of product, Scotch Guard also works wonders as a preventative measure. By applying Scotch Guard, you have protection from future messes and stains.
If you have a leather interior, just get a cheap spray container of a leather container. Just about any brand will work. All you have to do is spray and wipe!
Get some cleaning wipes for your doors, dashboard, and any other hard surface in your car’s interior
The most common brand people use for cleaning wipes is ArmorAll.
Basically, these wipes will help the inside of your car shine! They will help you get the dirt and grime out of your steering wheel, doors, and everywhere else your car may be dirty.
People may not think these parts of their cars are that dirty, but you’d be surprised just how much dirt you can remove with wipes!
If you don’t want to use ArmorAll, any disinfecting wipe should get the job done.
Don’t forget the window cleaner
The most common brand people use for window cleaner is Windex. However, even the discount brand at the dollar store should work.
It’s important to spray the window cleaner on all glass surfaces in the interior of your ride. You’ll be surprised what at huge difference this makes.
Between fingerprints, dust, dirt, and everything else, your glass surfaces can get dirty!
Admire your work and keep your car clean!
After you follow the above tips, be proud of your work. Cleaning out a car isn’t easy, but it is much easier if you follow these tips.
One word for the wise- go ahead and stick an air freshener in your car, as well as a small trash can or trash bag. This will help keep your car smelling nice and fresh, and it will also help stop your junk from piling up.