When was the last time you had the inside of your car detailed? When was the last time you even thought about having your car’s interior detailed? Chances are it’s been awhile and now’s a great time to roll up your sleeves and give it a good DIY cleaning.
Professional car detailing is great to get to the nitty-gritty but it’s just as good to do it yourself to maintain a clean and comfortable car.
Invest upfront and choose good, quality products. In the long run, you will end up saving some money using the tips below.
Remove dust, debris, and dirt
What you’ll need: vacuum, foaming carpet cleaner, scrub brush, microfiber cloth.
First things first, it’s time to clear out old receipts, wrappers, empty water bottles. Getting rid of the clutter will make the car look a lot better and this is just the beginning! Now that you’re free of debris you will can vacuum all of the carpets and upholstery. Be thorough as this will make cleaning the carpets smoother.
After the carpets and upholstery have been vacuumed, apply foaming carpet cleaner and gently buff into the fibers using a scrub brush. Once the foaming carpet cleaner dries, vacuum thoroughly to remove the residue. Use the mircofiber cloth to wipe down non porous surfaces.
Clean the insides of your windows
What you’ll need: glass cleaner, glass-specific microfiber cloth, plush microfiber cloth.
If you have pets that ride in the car or kids that like to share their snacks with the windows, this step will make a world of difference! Spray some glass cleaner on the windows and windshield and buff with a microfiber cloth. Once you’ve cleaned the windows, buff the glass with another microfiber cloth for an extra clean. For an added bonus, repeat these steps and clean the exterior of the windows. The shine may not last as long on the outside, but your windows will look great right away!
Seats and leather
What you’ll need: leather cleaner, plush microfiber cloth.
Put the final touches on your DIY car detail by polishing your seats and leather. Invest in a quality leather cleaner(check your owner’s manual) and follow the directions to the letter. Apply the cleaner and buff with a fresh microfiber cloth to remove dirt and small debris- take care to be gentle to avoid scratching the leather. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your seats and other leather surfaces, apply a leather conditioner. This is great for sealing in your hard work and will add to ease of future maintenance.
After you’ve finished your DIY detail, take your car for a spin! And remember, bring your car to Union Line Garage for all of your tune ups and repairs- we’ll keep you on the road!