It’s almost that time of year again when the sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, and everyone wants to take their cars out for a spin. As we approach the spring and summer months, it becomes common practice for people to either wash their cars at home or to take their cars to the car wash more regularly. However, people do not realize that the inside of their car is just as important as the outside of their car. Although many people choose to have their cars professionally detailed, there are some tips you can follow in order to detail your own car like a professional.
Clean Carpet and Upholstery
When cleaning the carpet or upholstery of a car, the best tool for the job is a carpet cleaning machine because they are most suitable for getting to the deep dirt that settles into the fibers of the carpet. The same tool can be used to clean cloth seats. Carpet cleaning machines first spray the carpet with a water and cleaner solution. They then suck the dirt and grime into a reservoir. Carpet cleaning machines can be purchased, but they also can be rented. A less expensive yet tedious method is to use a spray on carpet cleaner and to scrub the carpet with a brush.
Clean and Condition Leather or Vinyl Seats
With time, the color of leather seats will begin to fade. In order to clean leather, use leather cleaner. First spray the leather cleaner onto the seat and use a clean cloth towel to rub the cleaner. Continuously alternate the sides of the towel. Let the seats dry for an hour, and then apply a leather conditioner in order to keep the leather soft. Leather conditioners are available in many stores which carry cleaning or hardware supplies as well as auto stores.
Clean All Nooks and Crannies
When detailing your car, it is easy to forget about the space in between the seats or the corners around the glove compartment. However, these small areas are where a great deal of dirt builds up because we do not attend to these areas on a regular basis. The whole purpose of detailing your car is to give attention to every detail of the interior. The most effective technique is to wrap a cloth around the tip of a screwdriver without any sharp edges and to spray the cloth with any all purpose cleaner. Then, follow along the lines of the interior with the screwdriver in order to clean any buildup. Refresh the cloth with more cleaner as needed. Be sure to clean all of the small buttons of the car.
Brush out Air Vents
Air vents collect a great deal of dust over time which has the potential to affect the quality of air being blown into the car either from the heat or the air conditioner, so it is important to clean the air vents well when detailing your car. The best method for cleaning the air vents is to use a small brush such as a painting brush with long bristles. Spray the brush with any type of furniture polish and clean the dust from the air vents.
Use Non-Acid Based Tire Cleaners
Although tires are not considered part of the interior of the car, they are a part of the detailing process. While professionals use specially mixed acid based solutions to clean tires and wheels, it is recommended that those who are detailing their own cars use an acid free product. Acid based cleaners can damage wheels painted with color or clear coatings. Also, it is recommended to use a greaser on wheels, but detergents should be avoided because they can cause damage to the paint of the car. Professionals recommend cleaning the wheels and tires before cleaning the car in order to protect the paint of the car.