Time for a car interior cleaning? We explain in ten steps how the interior can be made sparkling clean again, which utensils are necessary for this and give valuable tips on cleaning the car.
It is not only important to wash your car regularly, but also to clean the interior of the car. This not only eliminates dirt, germs and bacteria, but also increases the resale value of your car with a well-tended interior. If you want to save money, you can easily clean the car interior yourself. The cleaning agents and cleaning utensils you need are available in retail outlets and online.
But if you don’t have time to clean the interior of your vehicle yourself, you can of course commission the professionals from Car-Wash-Malta to clean the interior.
- Preparation of the car interior cleaning
In advance, put all cleaning and care products as well as cleaning utensils within reach. Important: household detergents and dishwashing detergents have no place in the car. They attack the plastic. The following is required:
• Vacuum cleaner or change for the vacuum cleaner in the self-service system
• Mop bucket with warm water
• Clean microfiber cloths
• Cockpit cleaner
• Upholstery cleaner
• Leather cleaner if necessary
• Impregnation spray
• Window cleaner
• Chamois leather or kitchen paper
• Small brush or paintbrush
- Empty the interior
The first thing to do is to get down to business: Rubbish and loose objects out of the car! Throw away old parking tickets, empty the trash cans or ashtrays if necessary.
- Clean vacuum cleaners and floor mats
It continues with the vacuuming. To do this, take the floor mats out of the car and set them aside, then vacuum the car with the vacuum cleaner. It’s best to start with the trunk and work your way forward. Don’t forget to vacuum under the floor cover. To protect leather seats, it is essential to use a soft brush attachment. Side compartments of the doors or cup holders can also be vacuumed out to remove coarse soiling. But be careful: do not press too hard, otherwise scratches can quickly occur.
Floor mats are knocked out and vacuumed as well. The mat brushes achieve a particularly good result in the self-service washing systems – it is worth investing one euro there. Particularly stubborn stains are treated with an upholstery cleaner.
- Fittings and cockpit
A soft microfiber cloth and lukewarm water are often sufficient for the cockpit. Anyone who has stubborn stains on the fittings can use a mild cockpit spray. There are some with silicone for shine, but also cleaners especially for matt surfaces. Spray the cleaning agent on a microfiber cloth, rub the surfaces evenly with it and allow to dry. Be careful with the airbags in the steering wheel, in the dashboard on the passenger side and the seat flanks: wrong means can attack the predetermined breaking points!
- Clean the steering wheel and ventilation grille
The steering wheel is touched every day, so care is required when cleaning the car interior. Use either a plastic or leather cleaner, depending on the steering wheel.
Tip: Use a woolen thread and a brush for small grooves and cracks. This makes it easy to sweep the dust out of the crevices. A brush is also easy to get into the ventilation grille and dust can also be removed from cracks around the radio.
- Windows and mirrors
Cleaning mirrors and windows is also an important part of cleaning the car interior. Inside, the panes are first wiped with a dry microfibre cloth so that the first layer of dust disappears. Remove the remains of stickers and vignettes beforehand with a scraper or soak with a solvent. Spray the windows and mirrors with a glass cleaner, wipe with a microfiber cloth and then wipe dry with chamois leather or a piece of kitchen paper. To make it easier to get to the windshield, there are special window cleaners with telescopic rods. In the case of rear windows with heating wires, you should make sure that you only work lengthways.
Tip: Before cleaning the windows, open them all a little. The upper edge can also be cleaned in this way.
- Upholstery and leather seats
Stains on car seats, carpets and door and side panels with vinyl or upholstery can be removed with an upholstery cleaner. Read the information on the packaging carefully and observe the exposure time. First check the product on a hidden spot for color fastness. Then apply the upholstery cleaner over a large area, allow it to take effect and then remove it with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. Work with a lot of pressure in the case of heavy soiling. Once the area has been cleaned, wipe it with a clean, dry cloth. Alternatively, the residues can be vacuumed off with a wet and dry vacuum cleaner.
Tip: It is worth borrowing a vacuum cleaner for stubborn dirt. It sprays the cleaner directly onto the car seat and then sucks up the liquid and dirt again. Tip: You can even borrow the equipment free of charge from many drugstores. Prerequisite: buy the right cleaning agent in the market. Set up all doors and the tailgate to dry, so that no mold forms. Then seal the seat with a waterproofing spray for textiles.
For leather seats, apply a mild leather cleaner to a sponge and distribute it on the seat. Important: work in one direction from seam to night. Anyone who has ventilated car seats should use a cleaning foam. This prevents the holes in the leather from becoming blocked. Then wipe the seats with a damp (not wet!) Cloth. The leather must dry with good ventilation so that it does not go moldy. A special petroleum ether for leather is suitable for stubborn stains.
The most important thing for leather seats is to re-oil them, so it’s best to apply a special care lotion after cleaning.
- Door trim and door seals
The door panel on the driver’s side is often particularly dirty, scratches and marks from shoes are not uncommon. Wipe off the coarse dirt with a damp microfiber cloth and use a cleaner if necessary. Important: The rubber seals require special care, because they become brittle and fragile. Use door sealing wipes or a care lotion for this. Alternatively, you can also buy deer tallow from a tube, which is available in drugstores for as little as three euros. The paste-like mass is applied to a sponge or a dry cloth and massaged into the rubber. This also protects against freezing.
- Car headliner
Anyone who has stains on the headliner can remove them with an upholstery cleaner. To do this, cover the seats with towels or foil in advance, as you are working overhead and the cleaner might drip down. Spray the agent on the stains according to the instructions, let it work for a short time and then wipe it off with a damp microfibre cloth. Important: Wring the damp cloth regularly in fresh water and do not work too wet. If the headliner is too dirty and needs to be cleaned intensively, the paneling should be removed before cleaning.
- Remove odors
Cleaning the inside also includes removing unpleasant odors. You are to blame for many of them: leftover food, spilled drinks or full ashtrays. Often it has already disappeared after cleaning. If this is not the case, you can first try with household resources: Simply put a container with coffee in the vehicle overnight. Sometimes the air conditioning is also to blame for the stink. Special remedies can help. In particularly stubborn cases, you can have ozone treatment from a professional. It costs between 100 and 200 euros.
…but if you don’t have time to clean your vehicle yourself, you can of course book an interior cleaning with us. In our booking section you can specify exactly what should be done on your vehicle. You can order your mobile car cleaning service in Malta online in just a few steps. >> Click here to go to the booking page <<