Getting your car washed is a basic part of automobile maintenance. It is up to each and every car owner to keep not only the exterior of their car free of dirt and debris, but it is also important to keep the inside clean too. Once and a while, though, cars can get so dirty that they need a deeper clean. This is why it is important to get your vehicle detailed. A car detail includes not only a wash and a carpet vacuum, but also a wax and a deep clean of all the nooks and crannies in the interior. When it comes down to it, heading to a professional detailing shop can be expensive, which is why if you have a strong do-it-yourself ethic, you may be able to detail your own car.
Here are five car interior detailing tips for DIYers.
1. Have a clean area to work and detail your car.
If you were to take your vehicle to a professional detailing service, you would see that they place your vehicle under some kind of canopy or covered area. You want to make sure that the area where you are doing the details doesn’t have too much dirt or debris floating in the air because that could defeat the purpose.
2. Make sure there isn’t any direct sunlight.
Besides the fact that direct sunlight can be bright and make the area where you are working too warm, it can also cause your vehicle to dry too quickly. If you have wax on your car, you don’t want the wax to dry before you can smooth it into your topcoat. So, you want to make sure you work towards the end of the day or in some kind of carport.
3. Organize all your tools before you get to work.
It can be quite frustrating – not to mention time consuming – to keep getting up and retrieving the various tools and supplies that you need. It can also be annoying to keep heading to the store for different cleaners and supplies. Ideally, you want to have all these things laid out before you start detailing. For instance, you’ll want sponges, rags, toothbrushes, wire cleaners, and anything else that can make your vehicle look sparkling new.
4. Start with the inside of the car and then move to the outside.
You would be quite surprised to learn that most cars are actually dirtier on the inside. The inside is often harder to clean and it can be quite messy. So, you want to start detailing the interior by vacuuming, cleaning all the gunk out of the grates, and shampooing the upholstery. If you have leather seats, you can use leather wax and conditioner.
5. Use compressed air to clean out the ductwork.
The ductwork of your air conditioner and heating system is often the dirtiest and it is what can make your car have an unpleasant odor. All you need is a simple canister of compressed air to really remove the dust and pollutants. In the end, this may just maintain that new car smell that you’ve been hoping won’t go away.