Owning a car is a big responsibility.
It must be properly maintained under the hood if you want it to last for years to come. We know things like oil changes and tire rotations are important, but what about the interior?
Keeping the interior clean is just as important as getting the engine serviced or the outside washed, waxed and polished.
We've compiled some tips on how you can detail the interior your car:
- Vacuum the dust as you brush it off so it doesn't immediately settle somewhere else in the car.
- The vacuum-plus-brush duster combo also works to clean knobs and buttons.
- Use cheap foam or paint brush to dust between the AC vents.
- Remove and replace the cabin air filter to get rid of stinky smells. You'll have to check your owner's manual to see if your make and model has a removable air filter.
- Get all the trash out from every nook and cranny. Slide the seats all the way forward and pull out the floor mats, so nothing escapes your notice. Use a plastic grocery bag to collect trash as you go.
- Use a Magic Eraser to scrub gross sticky things off of vinyl and leather. Gently rub dried on gunk with the Magic Eraser—don't rub too hard, because you don't want to damage the fabric.
- If dirt is embedded into the textures of the vinyl, detail scrubbing with a toothbrush may be necessary. Dish soap diluted with water will do the trick.
- Banish animal hair from upholstery with a spray water bottle and a squeegee. Vacuum the clumps.
- Use a fine-bristled brush like a toothbrush to get dirt and crumbs out from the seams of seat cushions. Then vacuum
- Use paper and an iron to remove melted wax (such as crayons) from the carpet and upholstery.
- Shampoo seats with diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths.
- Use white or un-dyed washcloths so color dyes in the cloth don't rub off onto the car's fabric.
- Spray dirty floor mats with stain remover and throw them in the washing machine. Easiest thing ever.
- Enlist a lint roller, bristle brush, toothbrush, dish soap, steam cleaner, and baking soda to need to clean a kiddo's car seat.
- When everything's fresh and clean, use a baking soda air freshener.
- Super clean the windshield using a good glass cleaner, then treat it to a coat of Rain X.
- Wipe windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol to prevent a smeared windshield.
- Get mummified bugs out of the grille and off of the bumper with dryer sheets. Soak in warm water, then wipe.
- Shine up cloudy headlights with toothpaste and water.
- Roll down the windows before wiping them with glass cleaner.
- Use a cleaning powder and water to clean the wheels.
The interior appearance is a factor for trade-in value. The dealer will probably assume that if you couldn’t be bothered to keep the seats stain-free, windows washed, and carpets vacuumed, then there are probably other things wrong with it, including a lack of routine maintenance which will result in mechanical issues.
Are you ready to bring in your vehicle for a trade-in with us? Give it a good and thorough cleaning and bring it in to Fiesta Motors and see what we can deal for you. Check out our amazing inventory, take a test drive, and let’s chat.