By Mahya Kamalvand
We would consider your vehicle an extension of your home. The amount of time you spend inside your vehicle to commute to different locations is exponential. Ask yourself, do you enjoy coming home to a clean house? What about walking into a clean car and driving around in a clean car? How do you feel?
Why Is It Necessary to Keep the Interior of Your Car Clean?
We spend a lot of time and money taking care of the mold, dust, and dirt on the exterior of our car. What we miss is the effect of the cleanliness inside our vehicle on our health, our environment, and our bank accounts!
Garbage, old food, and mystery stains are all the major sources of bacterial diseases inside your car. Even a mildly messy car interior requires immediate action.
Here are a few factors you need to consider why cleanliness inside your vehicle is just as crucial.
Whenever you get into your vehicle, you are in a closed environment. All the frequent touch points such as the driving wheel, gear shift, window button, door handles and your screen can also be filled with hidden bacteria. Frequent interior cleaning can keep allergies and other health issues at bay by preventing low air quality especially during this time of Covid-19.
Preventive Excessive Wear and Tear
When you neglect to clean the interior of your vehicle, your interior surfaces could develop excessive wear and tear. Dirt, dust, and spilled particles can wear away on any interior surfaces. Our best recommendation to prolong the longevity of your vehicle is to regularly clean not only outside but inside as well. Shiny offers both interior and exterior detailing.
Retaining Your Vehicle’s View
If you’re planning to sell your vehicle or trading it one day, you’ll always be looking for the best value for your vehicle. One deep cleaning before selling will end up being costly as there may be small damages and repairs that are needed. Regular car cleaning plays a big part in rust and scratch prevention, dull paint and other issues that take away from the look of your car. By detailing your vehicle, you’ll preserve the value of your vehicle and a proper cosmetic condition will be more appealing to our buyers.
Now with enough reasons to take action, you need to leave your car in the best hands, which you can trust Shiny with. Or, you can simply do it yourself. There are many effective ways to clean the interior of your car. Here are a few things that you can do at home to bring back the fresh smell and sparkling interior.
How to Clean Your Car Properly
The first action you need to take to take care of your car interior is to free up some time. No job can be done properly in haste. Then, you’ll need to commit to a list of tasks to end up with an interior free of any virus, allergen, bacteria, or odour.
Say Goodbye to All the Trash and Clutter
Put on your gloves and prepare some trash bags. Take out anything that is obviously unnecessary. Let go of things that you feel like may come handy one day in your car, but they are deliberately a source of attracting germs.
Here comes the hard job. You need to look under and between the seats, under the mats, and any place you don’t normally look in search of trash!
Interior Surfaces Need Extra Attention
It’s only logical to start dusting off from higher cases inside your car before vacuuming.
Bring your microfiber towel and a cleaning spray. It’s recommended that you use different towels; one is for wiping away the dust and the other one is for drying the damp. Make sure you have removed all the dirt off the surfaces.
Switch your towels in order not to move the old dust to new places.
Pay close attention to places that dirt tends to congregate in. To make sure, you can use special brushes to take the dust off the steering wheel, gauge cluster, gear shift, and other tight spaces.
Take care of your windshield from the inside. You can apply a glass cleaner to a microfiber towel and use it to wipe the dust off the glass.
Some people also feel like matching the glossy exterior look of their car to a shiny finish inside their car. If you are one of those folks, make sure you have an effective and well-known brand of wax to apply on the surfaces after you are done washing and cleaning.
Before vacuuming, make sure to get rid of all the garbage or unnecessary items in your car. You may also want to remove the floor mats and vacuum them outside your car. This gives you room to both vacuum under the floor math inside your car, and to vacuum the mats out of the car under better light.
Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning the Inside of Your Car Like a Pro
- Cold weather and Snowy winters means more mold, salt, and mud in the car. So, it’s best if you spend more time cleaning the inside of your car if you do not take it out a lot.
- A shiny interior may easily get disgusting if there is a foul odour inside your car. Foul car odour may come from many different sources such as food, vomit, urine, mould, or even your dog. There are many products to help you take care of the unpleasant odour inside of your car. Just be careful that the air freshener does not have a too empowering odour.
- The best way to take care of the spills on your upholstery is to act quickly. You can keep a clean cloth or paper towels prepared in your glove compartment in case of any accidents.
Shiny can help you keep a clean car inside and outside. We are only a call away to assist you drive a glossy car. After all,
"The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment."