How to Detail a Car Interior | Your Guide to a Clean Ride

Person detailing a car by cleaning car carpets with antiseptic and a vacuum.

Spring is in full effect, and spring cleaning along with it. Car detailing may sound daunting, but it becomes much easier with the right tools and process. Before you learn how to detail a car interior, you should first know what you’ll need to begin. The key to interior car detailing is patience. It can be easy to get frustrated; after all, detailing can take a long time depending on your vehicle’s level of messiness.

Gathering Car Detailing Materials

First, it’s important to gather the necessary materials you’ll need for a good car detail. Most car detailers will keep a few things on hand that get you vehicle squeaky clean. You may want a high-quality vacuum to eliminate debris. For tough stains and dirt, detailing your vehicle may require some shampoo and a microfiber towel. Finally, we recommend bringing a few trash bags to empty out trash and any items you want to discard.

Car Detailing Checklist

  • Trash Bags
  • Microfiber Cloth or Cleansing Wipes
  • Vacuum
  • Shampoo and Interior Cleaning Spray (Optional)

Emptying Your Interior

The first step is to empty your car. Start the car detailing process by clearing out the front seat, back seat, and trunk–including the floor mats. During this step, you should also remove any large objects from your car like blankets, roadside kits, etc. Additionally, you need to remove larger pieces of trash that will be too large for your vacuum to handle. At the end of this step, you should have a clean slate–or as close as you can get to one.

Begin Interior Car Detailing

After the car is emptied, you should start by vacuuming. Vacuuming will remove all the dirt, pet hair, and crumbs from your interior. If you find that the grime is sticking to the interior, then you can use a few products to loosen stubborn debris. Vacuuming is often the longest step, and it’s easy to become frustrated. Don’t be afraid to take as many breaks as you need. To make the process more enjoyable you can listen to music, catch up on your favorite podcast, or talk with a friend.

Once you’re done with this step, move on to treating your seats and floor mats. You may have found that vacuuming your floor mats wasn’t enough to clean them. You can spray them down or use an air compressor to dislodge most of the grime. We recommend spraying them down, as this method won’t require you to break out the vacuum again. If you have tough stains, you should address them here. Use any products that you have prepared. There are even some home remedies that can help you remove blemishes from your interior.

Finally, after the seats are clean, give your car one final wipe down with a microfiber cloth or cleansing wipe. This final step will remove the dust that has accumulated on your dash, in your cupholders, and on other surfaces in your vehicle. Congratulations! After this step is complete, you should be able to replace your mats and neatly place any items back inside the car. Wipe your hands together and step back to appreciate your car. It should look as good as new.

Keep Your Clean Car on the Road

Now that your vehicle is squeaky clean, you ought to bring it in for a little tender loving care. An oil change, tire rotation, and general inspection are probably in order now that summer is on the horizon. Keeping your car on the road is Advanced Repair’s specialty. We’ve served families in Central Minnesota for two decades and are seeing more every day. Arrange your next service with our NAPA Gold Certified Repair Center by contacting us.

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