DIY Car Detailing Part 4 – Interior Car Detailing
Now that the outside of your car is looking better than ever, let’s finish our DIY car detailing project by completing interior car detailing. Much like exterior car detailing, interior car detailing helps restore your car’s interior to a better state. This work is smaller in scale, and more precise than exterior car detailing, but we can break it down for you in just 10 steps:
- Remove and vacuum floor mats. Vacuum the floor, trunk, upholstery, the dash and any other space you can reach. Be sure to work from top to bottom. As you vacuum, dust and dirt will fall. Slide the seats forward and back to reach every crevice possible.
- Using a foaming cleanser, clean carpet or upholstery stains, rubbing it in with a damp cloth or sponge.
- Wash and dry rubber floor mats. You can apply a non-slip dressing to the mat so the driver’s feet won’t skid when placed on the mat
- Use compressed air or detailing bushes to force built-up dust out of buttons and crevices on the dash and interior doors.
- Use a cloth and a mild all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the hard-interior surfaces.
- Use an interior dressing liquid or wipe like Armor All to finish them off.
- With car detailing brushes, detail car air vent grilles to remove dust and dirt. You can mist or lightly spray vinyl dressing (like Armor All) to restore them to their original color.
- Clean or shampoo the seats. Different interiors require different methods, explained below:
- Nylon or other cloth interiors can be shampooed with commercial wet-vac machines. Cloth seats should always have time to dry adequately after wet-vac.
- Interiors with leather or vinyl seats can be cleaned with appropriate cleaners and stuck softly with a leather brush. After drying, excess cleaner can be wiped away with a microfiber cloth.
- Condition your leather seats – Conditioning your leather seats helps to prevent them from drying out and cracking, so apply at appropriate intervals.
- Clean windows and mirrors with glass cleaner.
And there you have it. You have the knowledge to be a DIY car detailing expert. Research products before you buy, and always see what other people say. Your car is part of your life, it’s an investment, and it’s important to take care of it with the right tools.
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