You might know how to clean your car from day to day, but do you know the ways to actually deep clean your car? Use these tips to target stubborn areas and make your car cleaner than it's ever been.
Freshen the Air
You spend a significant amount of time in the car on your daily commute. To help you breathe easier, start by dusting the air vents and console. Save time by using a cheap foam brush from a local craft store. Vacuum up the dust with the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to prevent debris from settling elsewhere in the car. (You can also use this trick on the knobs and buttons found on the center console.) Finally, replace the cabin air filter to eliminate smelly odors.
Scrub Vinyl & Leather
For sticky spots and drips on vinyl and leather components, use a Magic Eraser. Scrub the area gently to avoid damaging the material. If this method fails to remove dirt from textured vinyl armrests, scrub with an old toothbrush dipped in soapy water.
Treat the Seats
If you have leather seats, vacuum them to remove loose debris and condition them with leather conditioner. If you have fabric seats, the process is a little more involved.
Start by removing embedded pet hair. One effective method is to spray the seat with water, run a squeegee over it and vacuum the clumps of hair it picks up. Then, remove dirt and crumbs from the seat cushion seams with an old toothbrush. Finally, shampoo the seats with all-purpose cleaner, a scrub brush and soft white rags.
Clean the Carpet
Vacuum up loose debris with the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Then, spray dirty floor mats with stain remover. Instead of scrubbing them clean, save time by throwing them in the washer. Then, apply upholstery cleaner to carpeted areas you can't remove from the car and scrub with a stiff brush. Wipe the area clean with a wet rag, rinsing often to remove the soap, and let the treated area dry.
Wipe Down the Exterior
Trouble spots usually lie on the front of the vehicle, so check here while deep cleaning your car:
Remove dead bugs from the grille by applying cooking spray and wiping it with a dry cloth.
Buff away the grime on headlights with baking soda toothpaste and a microfiber cloth.
Super clean your windshield by gently rubbing it with steel wool. Then, treat it with a coat of Rain X.
Apply rubbing alcohol to your windshield wipers to prevent smears.
Keeping your car clean inside and out is sure to make it stand out from the crowd. If you really want to turn heads, make sure you take care of the inner workings as well. Visit the service department at INFINITI of Thousand Oaks, where our team will keep everything operating smoothly, from the engine to the brakes. Contact usat (888) 566-7799 to schedule your next service appointment today.