5 Tips To Clean Car Interiors

Cleaning and maintaining the car can be a tough task. Interiors of the car are prone to dust and stain; thanks to kids, spill over foods and pets. Sometimes vacuuming the interiors is just not enough. Here, are few easy tips that will help in keeping the interiors clean.

Vacuum: Remove the car mats and seat covers and then vacuum the interiors. Use a soft nozzle or round brush to elicit dust from hard to reach areas. Pay close attention to the pedals while vacuuming as they accumulate maximum dust. Use a soft bristled brush to vacuum the dashboard, gear box and the doors.

Dashboard cleaning: One may use a soft cloth, paint brush or baby wipes to clean the dashboard. Avoid scrubbing the dashboard as it may cause scratches. Do not polish or wax the dashboard as it will reflect light on sunny days and interfere with the driving.

Carpets: Pull the carpets out and dust them thoroughly. One may use a comb or hard brush to open up the fibers. Vacuum the carpet at least twice. Do not sponge the carpet before vacuuming as it will settle the dust deeper into the carpet, making it difficult to clean. Mix a half cup detergent with one cup white vinegar in a gallon of water. Spread the mixture over the carpet and let it dry for an hour. Scrub the carpet thoroughly and rinse it with cold*water. This will restore the vibrant colors to the carpet and also eliminate any general stains.

Stain removal: Stains are inevitable on carpets. One can use basic home remedies to take care of these stains. Sprinkling borax on the carpet helps to get rid of foul smell. Frayed carpet edges can also be sealed using fabric paint. There are different stain removal products available in the market. One may choose what fits the needs the best.

Car leather: One may exercise extreme precaution while cleaning the car leather or vinyl. Inappropriate handling may cause the leather to lose its shine and vinyl may become too hard. One may use the mixture of two spoons of baking soda in one cup water to clean the leather/ vinyl seats. Always use soft wool to apply this mixture. Soft fabric prevents scratches. Cuticle remover can help in eliminating stains from leather seats.

Use a dust bag: Always keep a paper/ plastic bag in the car to collect chocolate wrappers, food packets or tit-bits. This will help in keeping the car clean.

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