Everyone knows about Spring Cleaning for their house, a time to clear away the clutter from the winter and make those surfaces shine like new again. Don’t forget to do the same for your car. We often get into a routine with our vehicle and neglect to give it the deep clean it needs on a semi-regular basis. Here are some tips to help you deep clean your car.
One of the most difficult areas to tackle is the interior car detailing. The first plan of action is to remove all clutter, trash, and unnecessary items. Next, you should focus on cleaning the car seats.
When you deep clean car seats, always use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution. You may also need a sponge, toothbrush, and microfiber cloth. Consult the owner’s manual to make sure you use the correct products.
Cleaning your seats
- If you have cloth car seats, use a mild laundry detergent diluted in distilled water to clean them. A moist microfiber cloth will remove any smudges. If the dirt is difficult to remove, you may have to use a diluted laundry solution to get rid of the stains. Use a toothbrush to apply the solution and wipe it off with a cloth.
- A gentle soap, distilled water, and a cloth will clean vinyl seats.
- Genuine leather seats should be wiped down once a month with a soft fiber cloth lightly dampened with water.
Once the seats are clean, focus on the seat belts. Use a clean cloth moistened with distilled water to remove any dirt. The dashboard and console should be cleaned with a foam brush to dust the vents. Vacuum as you go to ensure the dust doesn’t settle.
Finally, you should remove the car mats and vacuum the seats and floor. A carpet cleaning machine can deep clean the carpet and upholstery. Clean and vacuum the car mats and replace as needed.
Finish the interior by adding a nice air freshener to keep your car interior smelling clean.
For exterior detailing, it’s best to use a specialized car soap for the car wash. You will need a soft sponge, microfiber mitt, and water. Rinse the car thoroughly when you’re finished and dry the exterior with a microfiber cloth.
Polish the exterior to remove any surface imperfections and scratches, then wax with carnauba wax or a polymer-based car wax and microfiber cloth. Use a cloth to clean the windows with automotive glass cleaner. If needed, replace your car’s windshield wipers. Go the extra mile by polishing the wheels.
Car deep cleaning can be done at home, but always make sure to implement professional maintenance solutions on a regular basis to keep your car not only looking great but performing great too. Once clean, make sure your vehicle is running properly by scheduling an appointment today with Big Chief Tire for all your vehicle maintenance needs.