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Prepping the Interior:
Get everywhere in between the
seats behind the seats and
everywhere else that you get.
Use a solution of mild soap, wipe down all hard surfaces
as the dashboard and steering wheel.
Instrument gauges, clock, radio,
rear view mirror, ash tray,
steering wheel, & horn assembly:
The ash tray should be spotless, empty it and
inspect for rust
As the ashtray may be costly to replace and hard to find,
a little silver manifold dressing to mask the burn and
neutralize tobacco smoke, buy an aerosol can of
Holding the can 12 to 14 in. away from fabrics, lightly
headliner (don’t soak it), seats, door panels and carpet.
Then turn the fan to high and switch the system to max. A/C
you have that option.
Find the intake opening by holding a tissue near the blower
Then spray the mist into the opening.
Leave the windows closed for at least 1 hour.
Your car will smell like baby powder for a while, but
that’ll go away.
When cleaning your rear view mirror, don't forget to clean
Next clean out the glove box completely.
Check around the ignition lock for paint scratches.
Spray on a Q-Tip your favorite cleaner to remove accumulated
from around the instrument gauges.
clean hard-to-reach places, such as air vents, use
Dash, air vents and sun-visors:
the dash, cracks, crevices, console, etc.
Brush out the air vents.
Take an inexpensive artist’s paintbrush and give it
a light shot of
Work the brush into the crevices to collect the
Wipe the brush off with a rag and move on to the
Remember to flip the
sun-visor to clean the other side, and seek out
the discolored or rusty fasteners.
For a fast immediate cover up, just smear in a dab of
manifold dressing on the rusty fastener.
If the dash and headliners look dull a bit dull, squirt
a mist of clear
tire blackener on your rag and slowly work it in to
Use vinyl trim dressing on dash boards, doors and console.
If you have leather seats, use only specifically designed
cleaners on your leather seats.
Any solvent-based cleaner will speed the aging
And keep conditioners and cleaners away from leather
stitching to prevent shrinkage.
Vinyl and Leather:
Use a leather conditioner on any
A good interior protectant is especially useful for
vinyl and leather portions of the car's interior.
Not only do they provide protection from dirt and grime,
as well as
the sun's harmful rays, but they also offer an attractive
Seats and Seat Belts:
Make sure you clean the entire backside of
Analyze the seat belts, if fair shape wedge them along
side the seat, if they are nice, lock them over the
Doors and Hinges:
Look inside the hinge area. Shine up door
sills, and add
some luster to door panels.
Look closely at old rubber around the glass, especially
the dash and windshield, plus dull weatherstripping.
To remove cigarette smoke
from windows, use a 50/50 solution
of ammonia and water.
Clean the glass using an auto-specific glass cleaner.
This includes the inside and outside of all windows,
lights, and mirrors.
If you have a rear window defroster, use a window cleaner
Ammonia can break down the heating elements in your rear
those thin lines, which are small wires used for
When you clean the rear glass, scrub gently, and in the
defroster grid, not across it.
Once you have cleaned all the glass and windows, get
rid of the streaks
by going over them again with a clean, damp (with water
chamois or other clean cloth.
Then take a clean dry terry cloth and polish them dry and
amazed how nice they look.
This will get rid any remaining streaks.
and floor mats:
The most important care that you
can give your car’s carpets and
cloth seats is a weekly vacuuming.
This removes the majority of the grit that destroys these
Stay away from hard vacuum attachments while cleaning
They are known to cause scuffs and scrapes along with the trim
bordering your carpet.
To remove grease or oil stains on the carpet or seat
cornstarch to the spot.
Let it sit an hour, then vacuum.
If you have other carpet or seat stains, spray carpet
and use carpet brush.
Take a clean terry towel and rub over area to soak up
For really dirty or stained interiors
household carpet and upholstery
shampoos work very well.
Wrap masking tape or duct tape inside out
around one hand.
Then massage over the entire carpet area, to ensure
picking up the
fuzz balls, hair from unknown origins, and small
Decide how dirty your floor mats are.
If vacuuming will not clean them, wet them, and spray on
and scrub with carpet brush.
Then, rinse until the water runs clear.
Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the water.
Then hang mats over a fence or clothes line to dry the
rest of the way.
To remove lipstick, blot the spot with white vinegar and
For coffee, saturate with club soda
and blot with a clean rag.