5 Ways To Keep Your Car Interiors Fresh And Shiny

Jitendra Bothra
Est. Reading Time 3 mins

If you want to keep your car brand new, shiny and fresh just like the way you bought it, mere washing and waxing is not enough. Often we focus on the exterior of our car and neglect taking good care of the interior. As a result, the vehicle starts looking shabby, acquiring dust and unwanted odor over time. If you are in a similar situation, it is time to concentrate on cleaning up your car’s cabin by using these handy DIY car cleaning hacks to keep your car interior fresh and shiny.

1) Vacuum the interior of the car

Cleaning the interior of your car with a vacuum is easy. All you need is a portable or handheld vacuum and a few attachments like an Alby brush, a round bristle brush, and crevice tools. With a vacuum, you can clean the seats, center console areas, and carpet under the seat.

First, connect a round bristle brush to the vacuum and clean control bearing surfaces. If you don’t have a round bristle brush, you can use crevice tools to clean these tight areas. Use the same method to clean seats, floor mats, and carpets in the car. While cleaning the seats, you will require a narrow hose or tool to remove dirt from the crevices.

2) Clean the seat covers

Car seat covers are typically made of three types of material - leather, vinyl, and cloth. The cleaning process varies according to the material used for car seats. For example, to deep clean the leather, you can use special leather cleaning sprays and a soft brush

or towel to scrub it up. After washing it thoroughly, dry it with a microfiber cloth and apply a leather conditioner.

Vinyl seats are easier to clean than leather seat covers. You can use household upholstery products or glass cleaning products for this material. You need to spray the liquid on the surface and wipe it down first with a rag and twice with a dry cloth, making it ready for use.

If you use fabric seat covers, you can wash them thoroughly to remove dirt and odor. Use any household detergent with water, soak a foam sponge in the water, and start scrubbing your fabric seat cover. After cleaning the seat, wipe it down twice or thrice with a dry towel and say hello to your brand-new-looking car seats.

3) Remove the stains on seats

Food, drinks, and other liquids often leave stains on the seats, which can be difficult to remove. However, there are several ways to treat such stains. You can use special stain cleaner sprays to clean leather seats, use vinegar with salt to tackle the stains on vinyl or fabric seat covers. Dip the clothes in a water solution, dab the stain, and vacuum once to dry it out. Ammonia is another effective element to remove stains on the fabric seat cover. There are several other products like shaving cream, baking soda, beer, cornstarch, and borax that you can use to get rid of tough stains.

4) Clean the windows and the windshield

Your windows and windshield are subjected every day to dust, fingerprints, and smear. This can reduce visibility, leading to the risk of car accidents. You can use glass cleaner sprays or other cleaning products to clean the window glass. Spray the cleaner on a soft napkin instead of spraying it directly on the glass to reduce streaking. Wipe it down from each corner of the window. To remove the streak, wipe the glass window from the outside and inside simultaneously.


5) Use air fresheners to remove stale odor

The lingering odor from smoke, pets, and soaked carpets is a common issue for every car owner. Fortunately, there are many odor removers available in the market that you can use to remove the unpleasant stink.

If the odor is strong and unpleasant, use odor absorbers. Else, you can use mild scents, air fresheners, odor eliminator gels, plug-in devices, bamboo charcoal bags, spray bottles, or neutralizers to make your car smell pleasant.

All these tips work effectively to keep your car interiors in a good condition. If you are unable to take the time out to clean the interior of your car at home, you can always get it professionally cleaned by car cleaners.

Need more tips on cleaning your car? Talk to us at Cars24.

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