Keeping a clean interior in your car is tough. It can be just as hard as keeping the outside clean, especially if you’ve kids or regularly have people coming in and out.
Like most things with detailing, it’s all about keeping on top of any major build-up, which makes all of the processes around cleaning, that bit easier.
However, I’m well aware that this is not always possible. Some cars are neglected, and they will always be that way.
Below I’ve included a number of articles on car interior cleaning that not only outline processes but also products that you can use as well. Each of them covers the basics to car interior cleaning for that subject and the moves into more advanced techniques as need be.
How Do You Deep Clean an Interior?
The process of cleaning a car and more specifically, deep cleaning a car, will vary based on the condition. A newer car that has seen light use may suffice with a vacuum and some for of interior spray to remove light marks and dust.
Heavily soiled cars are going to need a different approach. A steam cleaner is going to be your best friend in these cases and I find that I use these as much as any tool for interior work.
These allow me to safely remove stubborn stains, grime, marks and any other gunk that can often rear its head when doing interiors.
If you’re able to remove the seats of the car it’s going to make things much easier. Often they are bolted in with standard sized threads, so they can be removed and replaced with ease.
By getting the seats out you can not only attack the inside of the car but also attack the seats whilst they aren’t attached. Car interiors arent designed for people to easily move about in, so making additional space like this will save you time and give you better results.
What Products Do You Need To Clean a Car Interior?
This will again vary on what you need to do, but at a minimum, I would suggest:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Interior spray/APC
- Microfibre cloths
- Detailing brushes
I would say that these four are the essentials to carry out most jobs on a car’s interior and get it looking pretty good. I have not included a steam cleaner here as this is quite a commodity, but if you can get your hands on one (they are fairly affordable these days) then they will be your best friend.
How Do You Clean Car Leather Seats?
I’ve got a full article on cleaning car leather seats already, but the process is one that is relatively simple.
You will need to get a dedicated leather cleaner and a good microfibre cloth. I like to use Colourlock cleaner and conditioner. They also have a great range of leather brushes as well, so you can use these alongside their cleaner/conditioner.
It’s important that you take your time with leather as you need to work out if the lacquer is still on or not. Older cars will have seen this degrade and remove over the years, but newer cars should still have this intact.
If the lacquer is still intact then you can be a little more aggressive with cleaning to remove stubborn stains. If not, you need to be very gentle as you can start to degrade the leather.