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Six Tips for Cleaning your Car's Interior

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On: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:42AM | By: Bill Wilson


Six Tips for Cleaning your Car's Interior

Cars are more than a means to get from one place to another. Nowadays they also serve as social centers, study halls, and even dining areas. That’s why it’s so common to find ketchup, soda, and other stains on auto interiors. 

Fortunately, most of these marks can be removed with a little elbow grease and some common cleaning products. So here are some tips for keeping your vehicle’s interior looking great.

1. Always keep some clean cotton or microfiber cloths on hand in your car for emergency use. It’s a good idea to have a bottle of all-purpose carpet and upholstery cleaner on hand as well. Test whatever product you choose on a hidden part of your interior, to make sure it’s safe for your vehicle.

2. Soda, juice, and coffee spills are perhaps the most common vehicle stains. Treat them as soon as you can with cool water (never hot!) and a clean cloth. Dilute the mark as much as possible, then use the rag to blot up the liquid. Avoid rubbing the stain; this can cause it to set.

3. Hairspray does a good job of getting out ink. Saturate the area, let the spray sit for several minutes, then wipe. Repeat as needed until the area is clean.

4. Blood is best removed by making a paste with cold water and powdered laundry detergent. Apply the mix, blot the area, and then let it dry. Later on, go back with a clean cloth soaked in clear water to remove as much soap from the fabric as possible.

5. A damp rag sprinkled with a little baking soda makes a dandy cleaner for vinyl. Rub the mix in gently, then follow up with a rag soaked in diluted dish soap. Mineral- or oil-based cleansers can damage vinyl, so avoid using them.

6. Deep, set-in carpet dirt can usually be removed with a mix of vinegar, dish soap, and hot water. Rub the mix in with a brush, let it sit for 30-45 minutes, then blot the area with cloths soaked in clear water. Follow up by blotting with dry towels to remove as much liquid as possible.

Tips for Cleaning Leather Upholstery
1. Park the car in a shaded spot before cleaning leather. This will help to prevent fading.

2. Use only products made especially to clean vehicle leather. You can find these at auto parts stores and big box retailers.

3. Apply the cleaner with a cloth using circular motions. Do a section at a time, rather than trying to clean the entire surface at once.

4. After cleaning, apply leather conditioner to keep the material soft and supple.

By following these tips, you can keep your car’s interior free of stains and take pride in how it looks. Thanks for reading and safe driving!




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