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The term “car detailing” usually refers to the vehicle’s interior. And for good reason – the inside is the toughest place to keep constantly clean. From kids to pets to everyday driving, your auto’s interior takes a beating – but a sensible detailing plan will help your car look great.
Not everybody regularly cleans their car’s interior. At PFYC.com, we think the interior detail is all about the details; take care of the little things, and your car will not only be a more enjoyable place to be, but you’ll also enjoy a greater resell value, if or when the time ever comes to part ways with your ride.
Then again, if you follow our interior detailing tips, your car will look so good, you might never want to sell it!
Before getting started, gather the following items:
- A small air hose (30 psi will work fine). This helps remove debris tucked away in seams and crevices.
- Microfiber towels.
- Quality vinyl / leather / upholstery cleaning agents.
- A small garbage bag.
- Window cleaner.
Here’s another thing to keep in mind while you clean your car’s interior: work from top to bottom. Start with the upper window areas and upper seats, and work down toward the floor. As you detail, all the dirt, debris, lint and other items will fall to the floor.
Steps to interior detail success:
- Clean all your interior glass and mirrors, and make sure to dry the cleaner to avoid streaks.
- Discard all large garbage items – this is where your small garbage bag comes in handy.
- Wipe the vinyl, leather and plastic surfaces with wipes or cleaning substances.
- Brush carpets and upholstery prior to vacuuming.
- Remove all floor mats and clean thoroughly OUTSIDE the car.
- Use rubbing alcohol and microfiber cloths to remove stubborn stains.
- Clean the steering wheel with a damp cloth – too much cleaner can make it dangerously slippery!