How to Clean Your Vehicle's Interior!

Since I started this business the number one request for my clients is a thorough cleaning of the interior. Interior details are at least 65 percent of the details that I do. Because of this I wanted to teach you at home how you can clean your interior to a professional level with very little financial and time investment on this 2006 Mazda Tribute.

It doesn't take many supplies to clean your interior. The two main products you need are an all purpose cleaner, and a dressing/protectant. I am using Meguiar's All Purpose cleaner (grey bottle) and Meguiar's Quik Detail spray as the dressing. I use the APC diluted down 1:10. There are many options out there but I like the results I get with these two products. Other then that you need a handful of microfiber towels. These are just basic low pile microfibers that can be bought at Walmart. The interior dusting brush, vent brushes and carpet brushes aren't absolutely necessary, but they make getting into tight spaces much easier. A shop vac isn't shown but is critical for vacuuming purposes  

It doesn't take many supplies to clean your interior. The two main products you need are an all purpose cleaner, and a dressing/protectant. I am using Meguiar's All Purpose cleaner (grey bottle) and Meguiar's Quik Detail spray as the dressing. I use the APC diluted down 1:10. There are many options out there but I like the results I get with these two products. Other then that you need a handful of microfiber towels. These are just basic low pile microfibers that can be bought at Walmart. The interior dusting brush, vent brushes and carpet brushes aren't absolutely necessary, but they make getting into tight spaces much easier. A shop vac isn't shown but is critical for vacuuming purposes

 

I generally start with the door jams. For me, the door jams are part of the interior of the car rather then the exterior. I count the exterior as anything I can clean without opening the doors.

I generally start with the door jams. For me, the door jams are part of the interior of the car rather then the exterior. I count the exterior as anything I can clean without opening the doors.

Sorry about the blurry picture. This is where the brush comes in handy. You could probably squeeze your hand in there with a microfiber but the brush makes it super easy. I do a couple sprays of APC directly on the brush to avoid making a mess on the area I am cleaning.

Sorry about the blurry picture. This is where the brush comes in handy. You could probably squeeze your hand in there with a microfiber but the brush makes it super easy. I do a couple sprays of APC directly on the brush to avoid making a mess on the area I am cleaning.

Good as new!

Good as new!

Now onto the weather seals. The weather seals always collect dust and dirt. A quick vacuum picks up most of the debris.

Now onto the weather seals. The weather seals always collect dust and dirt. A quick vacuum picks up most of the debris.

After vacuuming I use the hand detailing brush with a spray of APC to get the rest of the dirt. Clean weather seals will last years longer and give you a better seal around your door meaning less road noise.

After vacuuming I use the hand detailing brush with a spray of APC to get the rest of the dirt. Clean weather seals will last years longer and give you a better seal around your door meaning less road noise.

All Clean!!

All Clean!!

Now onto the doors. Areas we touch with our hands or rest our arms on  get much dirtier than other areas.

Now onto the doors. Areas we touch with our hands or rest our arms on  get much dirtier than other areas.

A few sprays of APC and the brush work wonders at agitating and removing the dirt.

A few sprays of APC and the brush work wonders at agitating and removing the dirt.

The same method is applied to the window switches

The same method is applied to the window switches

All Clean!!

All Clean!!

Looks good as new!!

Looks good as new!!

The side of the seat can get pretty dirty. A spray or 2 of the APC and a wipe down with a microfiber cloth works great at getting tough stains/grime.

The side of the seat can get pretty dirty. A spray or 2 of the APC and a wipe down with a microfiber cloth works great at getting tough stains/grime.

Blurry foamed up picture.

Blurry foamed up picture.

Good as New!!!

Good as New!!!

Vents love to collect dust and dirt

Vents love to collect dust and dirt

After spraying with APC the brush and microfiber are great for getting into air vents.

After spraying with APC the brush and microfiber are great for getting into air vents.

Here I twist the tip of the microfiber and thread it into those hard to reach areas.

Here I twist the tip of the microfiber and thread it into those hard to reach areas.

Looking good!

Looking good!

For the steering wheel i simply spray a few drops of APC on the brush head and work it into the wheel.

For the steering wheel i simply spray a few drops of APC on the brush head and work it into the wheel.

All Clean!!

All Clean!!

Center consoles are havens for dirt and it is easy to let it get out of hand. This vehicle was not so bad but there were a few water marks and dirt trapped in the crevices. 

Center consoles are havens for dirt and it is easy to let it get out of hand. This vehicle was not so bad but there were a few water marks and dirt trapped in the crevices. 

APC and the brush working its magic. Are you beginning to see a theme?

APC and the brush working its magic. Are you beginning to see a theme?

This crevice tool is excellent at getting out the dust that gets trapped deep in the crevices.

This crevice tool is excellent at getting out the dust that gets trapped deep in the crevices.

Much Better!!

Much Better!!

Good as new!!

Good as new!!

Now onto the dashboard. Simply spray some APC onto the microfiber and wipe all the dirt. Once that is done come back with the protectant and wipe the dash again leaving a clean, UV protected surface.

Now onto the dashboard. Simply spray some APC onto the microfiber and wipe all the dirt. Once that is done come back with the protectant and wipe the dash again leaving a clean, UV protected surface.

Excellent Result

Excellent Result

The pedals obviously get pretty dirty.

The pedals obviously get pretty dirty.

The APC and the crevice tool is great for removing all the dirt from the pedals.

The APC and the crevice tool is great for removing all the dirt from the pedals.

Clean pedals!!!

Clean pedals!!!

Now the ENTIRE interior is vacuumed. Care should be taken to get those spots under and between the seats as they usually collect the most dirt.

Now the ENTIRE interior is vacuumed. Care should be taken to get those spots under and between the seats as they usually collect the most dirt.

After vacuuming you can see there are a few stains in the floor mats. How do we get those out? Just liberally spray the APC on the floor mat and agitate the dirt with the carpet brush.

After vacuuming you can see there are a few stains in the floor mats. How do we get those out? Just liberally spray the APC on the floor mat and agitate the dirt with the carpet brush.

The carpet brush helps lift the stains out of the carpet and into the APC foam.

The carpet brush helps lift the stains out of the carpet and into the APC foam.

Now that it is clean use a microfiber cloth to mop up the foam

Now that it is clean use a microfiber cloth to mop up the foam

Use the vacuum again to remove some more of the water. You will be left with clean shampooed carpets without having to use heavy machinery such as a steam cleaner or hot water extractor.

Use the vacuum again to remove some more of the water. You will be left with clean shampooed carpets without having to use heavy machinery such as a steam cleaner or hot water extractor.

Now I will show you how to shampoo your seats. As you can see there are a few stains and spots in what would be otherwise clean seats.

Now I will show you how to shampoo your seats. As you can see there are a few stains and spots in what would be otherwise clean seats.

Using our APC we liberally spray the seats applying extra sprays to those pesky stains.

Using our APC we liberally spray the seats applying extra sprays to those pesky stains.

Now with a interior carpet brush work the APC into the seat to get the stains from the seat to the foam.

Now with a interior carpet brush work the APC into the seat to get the stains from the seat to the foam.

Then mop up the foam.

Then mop up the foam.

MUCH BETTER!!

MUCH BETTER!!

This is a good time to spray your interior smell good of choice. I use OZIUM air sanitizer as it is a neutral smell and works to remove odors without leaving a strong smell clients might not like.

This is a good time to spray your interior smell good of choice. I use OZIUM air sanitizer as it is a neutral smell and works to remove odors without leaving a strong smell clients might not like.

Here's our finished product. Total time about 3 hours.

Here's our finished product. Total time about 3 hours.

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