Cleaning the outside of your car is easy. Whether you take it through a car wash, or scrub it down by hand, you can get the exterior of your vehicle sparkling in no time. However, if you’re trying to clean up the inside, it’s going to take some effort. There are several things you’ll want to keep in mind when cleaning the interior of your car.

Pick up Junk

Clean Car

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It may seem obvious when you think about it, but it’s important to make sure you take the first step in cleaning your car by clearing out the junk. From trash that piles up to that extra sweater in the back seat you forgot about, make sure all the extra stuff is out of the car before you start doing a more thorough cleaning. Some of these items you may decide to put back later, but for now, get them out of the way.

Vacuum the Interior

One of the best ways to get your car is as clean as possible is to make sure you vacuum all the surfaces. This will get up the dirt, grime, and little pieces of food that are all over the car. When you’re vacuuming, make sure to get the floors, seats, and even areas like the dashboard. This helps you get every crumb before cleaning with wipes or sprays.

If there are hard to reach spots, consider blowing those out, before you vacuum them. This gets the pieces of trash out in the open where you can get to them more easily, making the process less complicated and frustrating.

Using Chemicals

There are plenty of chemicals out there you can use to help clean your car to make it look shiny and new. However, not all chemicals are safe or good to use in all areas of your car. Make sure you check the owner’s manual of your car, to find out if any areas of the vehicle are more sensitive to harsh chemicals. Some things that you’ll want to consider, however, include glass cleaner for the windows, plastic cleaner for the control panel display, and gum remover for gum, gunk, and wax.

Scrub with Soap

Make sure that you allot time for scrubbing the car down with some mild soap. This will help improve the look and feel of the car. Using a mild soap is essential. If you use something too strong on the interior of your car, you’re going to dull the fabric, and could even compromise the integrity of pieces like the seat belts. Scrubbing the car with soap and water will also help improve the smell, if you’re dealing with a stinky car.

Cleaning your car so it shines like new is a great way to improve the way you feel when you’re in the car. A dirty car is frustrating, but with a bit of elbow grease and some time, you’ll have your car looking great. Cleaning your car’s interior doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project with these simple tips.