Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be reserved for the house. Greet the warmer weather in style by giving your car interiors a great cleaning.
- air compressor or canned air
- vacuum cleaner
- stiff bristle brushes in various sizes (toothbrushes work well for getting into the crevasses)
- cleaners (upholstery, carpet, window, and all purpose)
- surface protectants
Blow, Baby, Blow
Use your air compressor or canned air to dislodge the accumulated dirt from the areas of the car where a vacuum won’t fit. Your goal here is to move the dirt to a more open area so you can sweep it up.
If you’re like me, you’re likely to have petrified french fries under the seat and the crumbs of a hundred Happy Meals caked into the cracks of the seats. You’re going to fix that right now.
Remove the floor mats and vacuum them. Vacuum the floorboards and upholstery using an attachment with bristles to help dislodge stubborn crumbs.
Go over every square inch of the interior. Move the seats or remove them entirely, if possible, to access the floor under them. Take time to empty the trunk and clean it as well.
Clean the Carpets
Use your carpet cleaner and a stiff bristle brush to handle any stains. Try to keep moisture to a minimum to prevent mildew.
Clean the Seats
Take care of the seats the same way you did with the carpets. Use products that are meant for the material your seats are upholstered with. If they are fabric, use the same products you would use on your furniture. The same rule about moisture applies here as well.
Tackle the Nooks and Crannies
Use your smallest brushes to get into the hard to reach areas like your cup holders, the vents, and the glovebox. You probably already know exactly which areas I’m talking about in your car. Give them some love.
Spray window cleaner directly onto your rag and polish up your windshield and windows.
Apply a surface protectant that’s appropriate for the material of your dashboard and seats.
If you’re on a roll and want to take on the exterior of your car at this point, keep in mind that the best way to keep your paint job and clear coat intact is to hand wash your car with a soft natural sponge and high quality products that are designed especially for cars.