In this article, you will learn to professionally clean and detail car interior yourself. To clean and freshen up your vehicle’s interior and protect the leather seats, plastic and glass; follow the following steps.
Step 1: Decluttering
Remove all sorts of garbage and unwanted items from inside your car.
Step 2: Clean floor mats
Remove the floor mats. If they are rubber mats then
Firstly, rinse them with water.
Spray degreaser or all-purpose cleaner on the mats
Then brush the mats with carpet brush and rinse with water.
If the mates are standard fabric mates then
Firstly, vacuum them thoroughly to remove any excess dirt.
Then spray them with a carpet cleaner and scrub with a carpet brush.
Then wipe the carpet with a clean microfiber towel.
Step 3: Vacuum the interior thoroughly
Vacuum the inside of the car to get rid of excess dirt. Make sure to move the seats back and forth to gain access to all the hidden nooks and crannies. Also, vacuum the folds of the seats.
Step 4: Dusting
Dust the interior including air vents. For this purpose, you will need soft bristle detailing brush in combination with the vacuum cleaner. While you are dusting, keep the vacuum close to pick all the dust that falls down. Make sure to work from top to bottom because of gravity dust tends to falls down.
For the air, vents use Cyber Clean cleaning compound, which is a cleaning gel, and it acts as an antiseptic so it is antibacterial. The gel molds to any surface. It helps to removes all the dust particles and prevents the dust to make micro scratches when you wipe with a microfiber towel.
Step 5: Clean doorjambs and sills
Use a steam cleaner and steam clean all the doorjambs and sills. Then wipe clean with microfiber towel. If you do not have a steam cleaner don't worry, you can use all purpose cleaner or degreaser and wipe with microfiber towel.
Step 6: Clean headliner
In order to clean the headliner you will need an all-purpose cleaner or degreaser. Don't spay directly on the headliner because it will affect the glue which is holding the headliner to the roof. Spray the cleaner or degreaser lightly on the tip of a soft bristle brush. Brush the affected area and wipe away with microfiber towel.
Step 7: Clean the seats
In this step, you will learn to clean your car seats whether they are upholstery or leather seats. Now for upholstery seats, use a carpet and upholstery cleaner. Spray it on the seats and wipe it
clean with a microfiber towel.
For leather seats, use a high quality leather cleaner and a leather brush. Leather brush bristles are specially made for the leather and are very gentle. Spray on the bristles and brush the seats. Always work from top to bottom. For the stirring wheel, use the same method. Spray on the bristles of the brush, brush the stirring wheel, and clean with a clean microfiber towel.
Step 8: Leather seat protection
Now that leather seats are clean, it is time to protect the leather seats from UV rays. For this purpose, you will need a leather protectant such as leather serums or ceramic infused leather coating. Spray the protectant on the microfiber applicator pad and gently rub the leather surfaces. This will help to protect them and make them feel silky smooth. The protectant protects the leather against staining and makes it easier to clean.
Step 9: Clean interior trims, plastic and vinyl
To clean the interior trims, plastic and vinyl you will need an all-purpose cleaner or interior cleaner. Spray it on a microfiber applicator pad or microfiber towel and scrub the surfaces clean.
If you have scuffmarks at the bottom of the sill on those plastic door trims, go ahead and use a magic eraser. Spray all-purpose cleaner on the magic eraser, gently scrub the affected area and wipe away with a microfiber towel. That’s it, all the scuff marks will be completely gone.
Here is a tip, if you have finger nail marks on the exterior door handles, where the hands meet the door handle, you can spray the all-purpose cleaner on the magic eraser and gently scrub the area and it will remove most of the fingernail scratches on your door handles.
Step 10: Trim protection
Now that the interior is cleaned, we have to protect it against the UV rays, fading, cracking and ageing. To restore the factory look without a greasy residue, use a water based trim dressing such as CarPro Perl. It is a water based silicone oxide coating.
Make a one to five diluted solution in a spray bottle for interior trim. Spray the solution on the microfiber applicator pad and apply the dressing to the car's interior trim. It is good for protecting plastic, vinyl and rubber.
Step 11: Apply fabric protectant
To protect the fabric of the seats. You can either apply fabric protectant directly on your upholstery if you have fabric seats. Of course, you can spray the protectant on the carpets or floor mats. Fabric protectant is usually water and stain resistant so it will help to eliminate any spills or water that might be on the seats or carpets. The protectants are often UV protected.
Lightly mist the protectant on the fabric and let it dry. That’s it, the fabric is protected.
Step 12: Deodorize the interior
Deodorize the interior by using an air freshener. The sense of smell is human's one of the most powerful senses and it is very important to give that final lasting detail. Spray the air freshener inside the car.
Now here is a tip to make the scent last longer. Make sure you turn the AC on to full blast and put the air in circulation mode. Spray the air freshener in the footwalls near the air induction or air intakes. In this way, it will get into your AC system and lightly coat ducts. Now, every time you turn on the car and turn on the AC you are going to get a blast of fresh smell.
Step 13: Clean the glass
Now here is the final step but it is probably the most important one. It is to clean glass. Once you have finished detailing the interior, you want to make sure that your glass is super sparkling clean. To do so here are some pro tips, first you will need a magic eraser and an all-purpose cleaner. Spray the all-purpose cleaner directly on the magic eraser and wipe the interior part of the glass. This will remove any contaminates, grease, oily residues or fingerprints that have been on the glass over time. It will make your glass squeaky-clean.
Next, use a premium glass cleaner which is ammonia free so that it is safe for tinted glass. Spray it on a waffle weave microfiber towel. Then go ahead and wipe the glass for any streaks and leave it there. This will give you a streak free finish and that’s it, your windows are now fully prepped.
As a final touch, which makes all the difference. Spray a quick wax such as, McGuire's synthetic x-press spray wax. Spray it on a dry and clean microfiber towel, wipe the glass, flip the towel over and buff clean. That's it, you have a sparkling clean glass.
We hope that the guidance provided by us in this blog was helpful to you, for professional help and detailing, don’t forget to contact us at Enroute.