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Top 4 Tips for Valeting the Inside of Your Car

The inside of your car is just as important as the outside.  If you are passionate about your car, you won’t want to stop at washing and waxing. Here are some tips on how to keep the interior of your car as fresh and as new as the day you bought it.

 

Carpet Dirt and Grit

Before you vacuum the inside of your car you will want to brush your carpets with a stiff brush. This will loosen any dirt that might be ground in to the fibres of the carpet and carpeted mats. It will also help loosen dog or cat hair. Once you do this, it will be easier to vacuum your carpets and mats (mats should be taken out of the car, shaken off and vacuumed meticulously).  For better results, use the long, thin attachment of your hoover; this thin attachment has more suction power and can get into those hard to reach places, such as under and between seats.  (Putting down bicarbonate of soda before vacuuming can help masks some odors until you can shampoo.) Pay special attention to the carpet and mat where the driver sits, as well as the area near the driver side door and under the accelerator. As you slide in and out of your car, these areas are usually the places where dirt accumulates most. In fact, these two areas should be valeted regularly to avoid excess dirt and wear. It is also best to use fabric mats for the spring and summer seasons, and rubber mats for autumn and winter.

 

Shampoo

Once the inside has been vacuumed thoroughly, use Autoglym’s Interior Shampoo on the carpet, carpeted mats and fabric seats. Spray on and ensure surfaces are covered completely. Then use a soft brush or a firm sponge. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth, rinsing it often in clean water. You may wish to keep the doors open to help the carpet dry faster. For water marks on fabric seats, repeat the process across the entire seat to ensure the appearance is consistent. Otherwise, you may have one very clean spot on your seat.

 

Interior Surfaces and Trim

To get those small, hard to reach places a soft, clean paintbrush is a brilliant tool that will allow you to remove dust and other particles from air vents, switches, and buttons, car handles as well as around the steering column. Plastic surfaces should first be wiped down with a damp cloth. (Be sure the cloth is damp, not wet.) Use Autoglym’s Hi-Tech Interior Microfiber cloth for this task. Next, to get the new-car shine on your interior surfaces, use Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber Care. This will restore all plastic and rubber interior surface features to their original shine and colour, and provide a protective coating. For leather surfaces or faux leather, go straight for Autoglym’s Leather Cleaner. After this, apply our Leather Balm Care to avoid cracking and ensure leather remains supple.

 

Windows

Use two microfiber cloths, one damp and the other dry. Using a general purpose cleaner to dampen the first cloth, wipe down the windows thoroughly, inside and out; then use the dry cloth to buff the glass and remove any cleaner residue. Wipe and dry all the mirrors, as well. Complete the task with Autoglym’s Fast Glass cleaner.