With spring right around the corner it is once again time to make sure everything you own is clean and shiny. While spring cleaning the inside of your house is something several people do, you should also use this time to show your car interior the same love and give it a little spring cleaning of its own. With that in mind, here are five tips for deep cleaning the interior of your car.
Dash and Doors
Cleaning your dash and doors is a two-step process. First, you want to take an electrostatic cloth to wipe all of the surfaces free from dust and loose dirt. You can purchase an electrostatic cloth at pretty much any retailer that carries cleaning products. If you are in a pinch and can’t make it to the store beforehand but you have a used dryer fabric sheet it will serve the exact same purpose.
Once you have removed all the dust and loose dirt you should spray a non-abrasive chemical cleaner and use a cloth to get your dash and doors really clean. Out of all the products I have purchased for this particular situation I find the products put out by Armor All to be the best. Not only do they clean your interior they also leave a nice shine that stays a few days and their products provide sun protection for your interior as well.
Floor and Seats
The first step in this process is to remove all of your floor mats and give them a thorough shaking out. If you live in an area with inclement weather and have additional plastic or rubber mats, placing them in a large container with soap and water and allowing them to soak while you complete the rest of the process will save you a lot of time and energy in cleaning these.
Now we want to clean the actual floor and seats of the vehicle. When vacuuming the floor be sure to slide the front seats fully backward and clean out the tracks of all loose debris that tends to accumulate there, then move the seats all the way forward and do the same thing from the backseat. When it comes to vacuuming the actual seats themselves, move the back of the seat all the way back as if you were laying down in the chair. This will allow you to access the space in-between the seat cushion and back cushion that you would otherwise not be able to access.
Windows And Windshield
For almost any window cleaning job, I like to use a glass cleaner and newspaper to best avoid streaks, for car windows and windshields however this does not work. The absolute best way to clean car windows and windshields that I have found is also the simplest, a microfiber cloth and a spray bottle of clean water. I have tried every glass and window cleaner under the sun and always return to this method. Simply spray the windows or windshield and wipe down.
Beyond this simple tip, I have two more pieces of advice for cleaning your windows and windshield that should help tremendously. First, always roll down your windows partially when cleaning them to also get the grime that likes to hang out at the very top of the window. Second, cleaning the rear windshield can put a lot of strain on your wrist because of the often awkward angle. Rather than using the front of your hand to wipe like you normally would, use the back of your hand; it severely reduces the strain you put your wrist under during this process.
While spring cleaning is almost never fun, following these tips will ensure that you complete the job thoroughly and don’t strain yourself too much while doing it.