Interior Vehicle Maintenance
You may love your car, but you will still want to sell it at some point, so that you can upgrade to a new model. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want to get a good resale value for the car, you should take good care of it.
And this means keeping the car clean on the inside. Indoor vehicle maintenance can add quite a bt to the long-term value of your car. Some seats can develop mold if not cleaned regularly, for example. That could put off a potential buyer.
But it’s not just about getting a good resale price for the car at a later date. Most of us spend a lot of our time in our cars. If you are a parent, you know how dirty cars can get, especially when you let the kids loose on them!
That’s why regular interior maintenance is so important. You can either get it done yourself, or just take the car to an uto body shop, that’s up to you.
Here’s what you should know about maintaining the interior of your car.
You will need the to do it yourself:
#1: A vacuum cleaner with handheld attachments and an extension hose.
#2: Chemical cleaning products for cleaning plastic, vinyl, carpets, upholstery and other surfaces.
#3: Towels and rags and other basic wiping materials.
#4: Microfiber cloth and other efficient polishing materials.
#5: Brushes of different sizes for cleaning dust from hard-to-reach spots.
Right, let’s get started!
For Carpets and Floor Mats
Start the cleaning with the carpets and the floor mats as they are the dirtiest part of the interior of the car. Clear the clutter first. Take out the papers, coins, wrappers, etc.
Remove the floor mats, give them a proper shake. Use a stiff brush to remove the grime. Pay attention to the grooves, as that’s where all the dirt from your boots will have collected. Use the vacuum cleaner as well. Then wash the mats with cleaning products and dry them out in the sun.
As for carpets, first use the vacuum cleaner on them. Then wash them with a steam cleaning machine. All garage shops have this machine. Use a specialized cleaning product to get rid of the stains.
For Seats and the Upholstery
Car seats are generally made of three different types of upholstery – vinyl, leather and cloth. Cleaning the seats should be simple enough as long as you have a good vacuum cleaner. Cleaning seats with leather upholstery is harder. Make sure to use specialized cleaning solutions for the leather seats. Rub the cleaning solution into the leather with a towel and dry the seats with a microfiber cloth.
Vinyl seats are much easier to clean. Any good cleaning product should be enough for vinyl. Spray the upholstery with the cleaning solution and wipe it dry with a rag or towel. For cloth seats, any generic liquid cleaning product should do the trick.
For Windows and Mirrors
Use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth for cleaning the car windows and mirrors. Remember to roll down the windows and clear the grime collected on top with a brush.
For the Front Panel, Dashboard, Console, Air Vents and Door Panels
Just use a proper brush to clear the dust or dirt collected on the front panel, dashboard, air vents, console and the door panels. Use the vacuum cleaner if necessary. This should be simple enough.
Cleaning the interiors of the car takes a lot of time and there are certain things that you cannot do yourself. Take the car to a body shop for complete interior vehicle maintenance.