Cleaning the Inside of Your Car: Make It Look New

As the days and months go by, you may notice that the inside of your car begins to look more than a little shabby. Pretty soon, you’ll know all too well that it needs a good cleaning. But do you even know how to get started? Try a few of the following tips to make your car’s interior shine like new again.Gather Your Supplies

First, gather all the supplies you’ll need to clean your car. These include dish soap, window cleaner, paper towels, a sponge, a bucket with water, a trash can, and a vacuum cleaner. You’ll also want to have some microfiber cloths on hand, an old toothbrush, a flat-head screwdriver or dull knife to get into crevices, and specialty cleaners for your seats and carpets as needed. Your supplies will be the same whether your cleaning your classic car, the latest new Chevy for sale, or an old jalopy.Get Started

Start the cleaning process by removing all the trash and debris from your car. Be thorough about this so that nothing gets in your way later. Then take out the floor mats, and give them a good cleaning. You can wash or vacuum them as needed.Make Progress

Next, turn your attention to your windows and mirrors. Use window cleaner and a microfiber cloth to get off the dirt and shine these up. Working your way down, clean your car’s dashboard. Dust it first and then use a damp cloth to take off fingerprints and stubborn dirt.

Make more progress by cleaning the console and steering wheel. Be extra careful here, especially as you clean any screens and buttons. You may have to use the toothbrush, knife, or screwdriver to get stubborn dirt out of crevices.Keep Going

Keep going by cleaning the door panels, cup holders, and storage areas around your car, including your back window ledge and trunk. Scrub them all down with dish soap and water, and disinfect as needed. This is also a good time for you to reorganize your storage compartments. Throw out what you don’t need, and make sure everything else is neat and easily accessible.

Now it’s time to tackle cleaning your car’s seats. Your technique and supplies will vary based on whether you have cloth or leather seats. You can use upholstery or leather cleaner as needed, but follow directions carefully.Finish Up

At this point, you’re almost done. Give the car floors a good vacuuming, and treat any stains with carpet cleaner. You can also deodorize you car with an air freshener, activated charcoal product, or combination of baking soda and a favorite essential oil. Put your floor mats back in, and do any touch-ups as needed.A Clean Interior

Cleaning a car’s interior certainly takes time and effort, but it’ll be worth it in the long run because keeping your car clean preserves its life and its value. And you can take pride in your work as you show off your shining, bright vehicle. Now the challenge will be to keep it that way!