At Black River Details we’ve discovered that there’s a common misconception about car detailing. Lots of people think it’s all about the paintwork. But, we believe that interior car detailing is just as important. After all, that’s where you spend most of the time! Consequently, we think it’s essential to keep the interior of your car clean not just because it looks good, but also for your health. If your vehicle is left in a damp area, mould can become an issue. Bacteria can grow on the touchpoints of the interior like the steering wheel and gear lever. So, it’s important to keep on top of your interior to ensure the most pleasant of motoring experiences.
In this article, we’re going to share some handy tips on interior car detailing.
Interior car detailing:
Gently does it:
Firstly, we always recommend that you use the least aggressive cleaning method that works, and that is appropriate for the material being worked on. Don’t go in immediately with super-strong chemicals and coarse scrub pads. Try using just a microfiber towel with some cleaner first. If that doesn’t remove the dirt, then step up to a soft bristle brush. After this, you might try a stiffer bristle brush. Only when you’ve exhausted gentler methods should you try a scrub pad. Of course, specialist materials are often used inside a car. These finishes might include delicate leathers, Alcantara and suede. As a professional car detailing firm, we know precisely how to work with the more sensitive areas of interior car detailing.
Let’s say you’ve finished cleaning and dressing the interior, and all you’ve got left is the glass. Naturally, you spray the windshield with your glass cleaner. But on this occasion, it ends up dripping onto the freshly cleaned dash. You wipe up the overspray and then continue with cleaning the windshield. This point is where things get sticky! Firstly, you end up with the towel smearing a film all over the glass; then you realise that you missed a bit of overspray and it’s now stained the dash.
As professional car detailers, we’ll always follow best practice. When you’re dealing with any spray, be sure to spray the product on the towel and not the surface to be cleaned. Follow this general rule of thumb, and you’ll stay safe from overspray and drips.
Hitting the headlines:
When it comes to interior car detailing, an area that you should always take a lot of care with is the headlining. Depending on a vehicle’s age or condition, the headlining material may be at risk of coming away from the material or could tear if the wrong cleaning methods are used. To prevent unnecessary damage, always use your cleaning products sparingly. By doing so, you won’t over soak the material. After you’ve applied your product use a microfibre or soft bristle brush with light pressure to gently clean the headlining. Immediately afterwards blot it dry with a fresh towel. You should also avoid using circular motions just in case this ends up tangling up the fibres in the material.
To make sure that you’re not working over yourself and to help speed up the interior cleaning process it’s always a good idea to have a system in place. As an example, when you’re cleaning the seats work from the top to the bottom. By doing so, you won’t end up getting overspray and cleaning chemicals on parts of the seat that you’ve just cleaned.
At Black River Details we will generally work from the driver’s seat round the back of the car including the boot then round the front passenger’s seat. We find this a super-efficient process for interior car detailing.
- Firstly, when vacuuming move the driver’s seat all the way back and tilt the backrest all the way back.
- After this, move onto the rear driver’s side passenger by moving the driver’s seat all the way forward and tilting the backrest all the way forward, giving you as much room as possible.
- From here you can move onto the boot then onto the passenger side.
Get more vroom from your vacuum:
If you’re vacuuming out the vehicle and you notice bits of grit, dust and dirt that aren’t being picked up by the vacuum, you can make life easier for yourself. Use a stiff bristle brush on the carpet and also tamp the bristles. This process will help to bring the embedded dirt to the surface where it can be cleaned.
At Black River Details, we are experts in interior car detailing drop us an email or give us a call to arrange your detail.