My car is one of the hardest things to clean, and I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. The outside is very easy to clean, but the inside is so crammed it seems impossible to clean it to the extent that I would like to. Here are a handful of tips to make cleaning the inside of your car much easier!
1) Use the right products for carpets and leather
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Make sure that any products you use won’t damage your cars interior, especially if it’s leather. Try using Zymbol leather cleaner (if you have leather portions) and Turtle wax spot lifter and remover for the carpet (source: Popular Mechanics).
2) Some handy household products
Instead of lamenting how you can’t clean the smaller surfaces well with a rag, try using some household products that can help. For example, a Q-tip would work very well for tiny crevices in your car. It allows you to clean it with precision, which makes your car look so much better–when you can reach spots most people can’t it will be noticeable.
3) Vacuuming is a must
Don’t be lazy when it comes to vacuuming out your car. For most people, they will have to travel to a place that has car vacuums, but for others you might end up paying someone at a car wash to do it. Whatever the case may be, make sure that all your carpets are vacuumed well–I guarantee you will notice the difference right away. If there are any stains, use the stain remover listed above, or a similar type of product. If you can’t vacuum hard to reach places like underneath the seat, then find a way to blow out all of that stuff so that you can reach it easier. One way to do this is to connect your vacuum hose to the vacuum outlet (source: Cartalk.com).
4) Hose off plastic mats
If you’re like me, you probably purchased some vinyl or plastic mats to put on tops of your carpets. It might have done it’s job at protecting the carpets, but it often gets extremely dirty. As such, cleaning it off with a hose and some soap should do the trick. After you hose them off, make sure you leave them out to dry for a little bit.
5) Deodorizing the car
If you have a bad smell in your car, or just want it to smell very nice, leave a bowl of white vinegar overnight in your car. This is an especially good tip for anyone who might have had a passenger (or themselves) get sick in the car (source: Vinegartips.com).
6) Put a trash bag somewhere
To encourage you to keep your car clean, be sure to leave a trash bag somewhere in your car so that you can throw out garbage as you go along. This way, you won’t be tempted to throw it all over your car and have to repeat the cleaning process sooner than expected.