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A Guide to Proper Car Interior Maintenance

Car reupholstering is one of the most expensive car maintenance services that you’ll come across. While how much money you’ll have to pay depends on the degree of work that needs to be done, a complete reupholstering, including the seats, carpets, and side panels can cost as much as $10,000. You can easily avoid these expenses by taking matters into your hands and try to maintain your car’s interiors by yourself.

It’s a simple enough exercise, and you only need to take out a day every month to make sure the interiors are spick and span. Trust us when we say this, you’ll find it easier to sell your car, get a higher price for it, and have a great time driving around.

Having said that, we’ve created a detailed guide on how to make a quick and effective DIY car maintenance job.

Some Initial Considerations

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There are any number of ways for why your interiors can get dirty. Spilled drinks, cigarette burns, dust, and other contaminants can do a number on the interiors to spoil the look, sometimes to the point of making your car smell funky. Understandably, when you go to a seller’s market to get it off your hands – all prospective buyers will reconsider buying your car. You’ll feel a little strange about driving the car too with that musty smell and dusty interiors.

The point we’re making here is – your range of cleaning supplies and tools needs to be as versatile as the risks to the car’s interiors. You need to take into account what the inner materials are, invest in vacuum cleaners, get some fine brushes to reach the cramped spaces in the interior, and some cleaning chemicals.

Ideally, your interior cleaning kit should have the following tools:

  • Portable vacuum cleaners – it should have a hose and different vacuum brush options.
  • Cleaning cloths – microfiber cloths are the best since they don’t catch any lint or residue that sticks to the surface after a wipe-down.
  • Cotton swabs to clean out cramped spaces on your console, cup holders, and dashboard.
  • Pet hair rollers that to brush off your seats and other cloth-covered surfaces.
  • Compressed air cans to clean out air vents.
  • Car dusters

We’re not discussing any chemical cleaners in this list because the choice of cleaner depends on the internal materials the car is made of. Cloth, leather, and vinyl upholstery require different cleaning chemicals – picking the wrong cleaner can damage your interior beyond repair. Instead, we’ll discuss these requirements in a later section to suggest cleaning chemicals suited for each type of material.

Step-By-Step Cleaning Guidelines

There are no hard and fast rules to cleaning out your interiors, it’s not exactly rocket science – but in our experience, it’s better to plan it out to make it a quick job. You could have a different process in mind, and that’s okay too, but you should still follow our suggested techniques for a thorough clean-up.

Start With a Vacuum Job on The Seats, Carpets and Floor Mats

Start by assessing how bad the seat covers and carpets look. Are there any stains, or are you just looking at dusty upholstery?

Take out the mats and shake out all the dust, vacuum these for a deep clean and hose them down to get rid of any dust spots. Set these aside to dry and turn to seats – vacuum the seats, and for any stains, follow these guidelines:

  • If you have leather seats, you should buy a good leather cleaner to wipe down your seats with. Keep scrubbing until all the grime and stains have come off and wipe the surface down with a clean rag.
  • For vinyl seats, wipe down the surface after spraying with a car cleaner. The seats should be good to in an hour.
  • If you’re running with cloth seats, try using some baking soda on stubborn stains and use a fabric cleaner to wipe them off. The baking soda will erode at the stains to make it easier to clean.

Move To The Windows and Mirrors

This is simple enough, use a glass cleaner to wipe down, and you should be good to go. Spray the cloth rather than the glass itself because that increases the chances of streaking across the surfaces. Additionally, do not use harsh chemicals if you have window tints because these are easily damaged by ammonia and other chemical cleaner ingredients.

Console, Dashboard and Air Vents

The dashboard is likely made from the same materials as the car seats and the door panels. So. you can use the same cleaning materials that you used for the seats on the dashboard too, but the sharp angle made by the windshield can make it difficult to clean.

You should vacuum any dust from the dashboard and use your cleaning materials to wipe the surface down. Once you’re done, lay down a protective layer to stop the dashboard surface from cracking because of sunlight exposure and excessive heat.

For the console, use your brushes and tie a soft cloth to a screwdriver to clean out the dust or spots accumulating on it. Use a soft cloth and be gentle, so you don’t scratch the console.

For the air vents, you use the compressed air can and the fine brushes to blow away/wipe away the accumulated dust.

Consider Buying Console and Cupholder Liners

Adding console liners and cupholder liners to your interiors can go a long way in reducing the accumulation of grime in the nooks and crannies. These liners basically serve as floor mats for your console and cupholders, making them easy to clean and protecting them from damage.

If you’re interested in buying interior car accessories, you can hit us up at Cup Holder Hero in Chandler, Arizona. We sell a wide range of products, including Chevy Blazer 2019 accessories, Chevy K5 Blazer accessories, and console/cupholder liners for the Chevy Equinox, 2017 Nissan Rogue and much more.

Get in touch with us today or visit our online store to place an order for some of the best car accessories across the country.

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