When doing a full detail grooming for your car, try starting with the interior.
Start by Pulling Out the Floor Mats
There are many types of floor mat available in the market. They have the upholstery type or more commonly the rubber/vinyl type.
They also come in various designs. The design does play a part in the way the mat is to be cleaned. Most mats will need to be vacuum then washed or even scrub.
One just needs to hold up on one side and ‘shake’ the mat to clean off the dirt.
For a more thorough clean, follow up by running down water from the top of the mat.
Pull out the plastic, vinyl and rubber parts especially the dash board and inner sides of the door
The dash board is one part in the car’s interior that should always be showroom new as it is the most obvious part.
Other reason is that it is directly exposed to the sunlight.
So in order to prevent discolouration due to the harmful UV lights in sunlight and to prevent it from cracking, cleaning and nourishing it is very important.
This is true for all plastic, vinyl and rubber parts.
As for the dash gauge lenses like the tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge etc, avoid dusting as it easily cause fine scratches.
Try using some good and proper plastic cleaner to polish. They can removes light oxidation, chemical degradation, surface contamination, stains and light surface scratches with ease. They are safe to use on plastic rear windows on convertible tops, headlights and taillights.
Clean the Windows
Clean windows after cleaning the door panels as this will prevent soiling of the windows while doing the dirty work of cleaning door panels etc.
When cleaning windows, first lower the windows slightly and clean the top edge of the window pane.
Then fully close and clean the remainder of the window.
Clean the Carseats
Car seats are made up of different materials. They are commonly made from fabric/upholstery or leather.
Special care is needed for leather because dirt can get into the pores and it acts like tiny razor blades that cut.
This will cause the leather to crack and these cracks are permanent and irreparable.
Besides removing dirt, leather also need to be nourished or conditioned often.Automotive leather cleaner/conditioner also has UV protection properties. When using this cleaner/conditioner, always remember to shake the bottle well.
Also always test on a small, inconspicuous area to test for colourfastness. As most leather cleaners are meant to clean finish leather, they may not be suitable to be use on suede, buckskin, unfinished leather or fabric.
However these cleaners will not harm vinyl or rubber.
Cleaning the Carpet Spray evenly with the carpet cleaner and rub vigorously. Then, wipe it thoroughly with a dry cloth. Don't soak the carpet with water, it will cause mould smell and corrosion under the carpet. One such product is the Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner.
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
- Formulated with grease cutters and stain lifters, penetrates deep into fabric fibres and removes grease, dirt and odors.
- Spray directly onto surface, allow the foam to collapse and penetrate the surface and wipe off with a damp cloth
- (Stubborn stains may require scrubbing. Do NOT allow to dry on surface).
- As always, test a hidden area of the carpet before using any cleaning product to make sure your particular carpet is colorfast.