Our vehicles tend to be a catch-all for a lot of stuff. If you use your car for long commutes, you may have fast food wrappers, coffee mugs, and other miscellaneous items you grab to finish getting ready at stop lights. If you have kids, your car might be filled with toys, cracker crumbs, and other treasures. Between taking pets to the vet and hauling everyday items we need from local stores, our car interior can have a rough life. By giving a little care to your car’s interior, between deep cleans and detailing by Pitt Stop Detail and Auto Sales, your vehicle can look and function better.
Seats and Floor
First, you will want to remove all the extra stuff in your vehicle. Return items you need to your home, take your returns to the correct store and throw away any trash lingering behind. Next, use a vacuum to get dust and debris in these spaces. Depending on the material, you will want to clean your seats and floor differently. Fabric seats may need a light steam clean or a gentle scrub with soap, water, and a rag. Leather or vinyl seats have a special cleaner you can use to remove dirt, too. You want to be careful not to oversaturate your seats as they can be too damp and grow mold and mildew.
There are many solutions that you can use to clean hard surfaces in the interior of your car. Consumer Reports recommends you “dampen a small, clean paintbrush or soft toothbrush to clean vents, seams, and cup holders. Then apply alcohol to a microfiber cloth to gently clean other hard surfaces.” They also warn against using paper towels because small pieces of lint may be left behind, even with a cleaning solution. This step can be the most tedious when cleaning your car’s interior, but it needs to be done from time to time.
Windows and Windshield
Your exterior windshield may get cleaned when you use your wipers or go through the carwash, but the interior needs to get cleaned regularly, too. Pollution, grime, fingerprints, and other residue will smudge your windows, reduce visibility, and even be hazardous when driving. By cleaning with a cloth and a glass cleaner, you will clean your windshield and windows and increase your ability to safely drive to your next destination. Hard-to-clean spots, especially by kids’ seats, may need extra cleaning.
Screens and Extras
Many vehicles have touch screens or other electronics that need specific cleaning. The best cleaners for these screens are wipes manufactured for cleaning these items safely or a cloth with isopropyl alcohol. These will gather fingerprints and germs, so clean these items frequently. You may also consider cleaning extra attachments, like the base for your phone or other aftermarket entertainment devices at the same time.
We recommend cleaning the interior of your vehicle regularly to keep your car in great shape. We also recommend bringing your vehicle to our experts at Pitt Stop Detail and Auto Sales for a deep clean and detailing, both interior and exterior, regularly too. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.