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Detailing Your Car Interior: A Step by Step Guide
If you just got paintless dent repair or auto body work and love the results, you’re probably looking to spruce up the interior of your car too. If you have kids or spend a lot of time in your car, you know just how dirty it can get. Detailing your car can get expensive if you take it to a pro, but you can save some money and do it yourself. It’s time to start clearing out the junk and making your interior shine once again.
What You’ll Need
- Vacuum cleaner
- Soft-bristle brush
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
- Tire cleaner
- Stiff bristled brush
Step 1: Remove Car Floor Mats
Take out all floor mats and shake them out to remove loose dirt and gravel. Beat them lightly against a wall or with a broomstick.
Step 2: Vacuum
Vacuum the interior, being sure to get under seats, near the pedals and the area between the center console and the dashboard, front seats, and doors. Take extra care when it comes to the knobs, vents and leather seats.
To get all those out of the way edges and nooks, use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner and get into all the cracks.
Step 3: Cleaning
Clean the hard surfaces of your car including the dash, doors, glove compartment, seatbelts, sideboards, and storage spots. Apply a foam cleanser to the carpet and rub with a damp cloth or sponge. Blot dry with a towel. Use compressed air and detailing brushes to remove dust and crumbs from the buttons, shift stick, and crevices on the dash and interior doors. Use detailing brushes on the air vent grilles.
- Clean leather or vinyl interiors with special cleaner, using a leather brush.
- Clean the car windows and mirrors with glass cleaner spray.
- Clean the interior roof with a microfiber cloth and upholstery-safe cleaner. Gently wipe the dirty spots, then apply fabric cleaner. Blot dry.
Step 4: Clean the Wheels and Tires
If you’re feeling ambitious, head to the exterior and clean the wheels and tires. These areas get very dirty from road debris, but also from the buildup of dust from the brake pads. This buildup can be tough to remove from wheels if you don’t have the right tools. Invest in a quality rim cleaning spray to break down brake pad dust and make it easier to remove. You’ll also need some wheel brushes to get into all the nooks and crannies.
A stiff bristled tire brush is also a good investment to loosen dirt and other contaminants that may have stained the surface.
- Spray the tire cleaner on the tire, allowing it to sit for a bit.
- Once it has loosened the contaminants that have been embedded in the rubber’s surface, thoroughly scrub it with your tire brush.
- Rinse well and repeat if you have to.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision
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