Interior detailing isn't the most difficult, unless the inside of the vehicle is pretty much ruined. If that is the case, please look for a different article referring to revitalizing your interior (in a way that's not too expensive). If not, follow these steps to a clean and fresh vehicle interior:
- Remove everything. Remove all (if any) garbage, the floor mats and personal belongings. If you can, remove the seats as well for easier cleaning.
- Give vinyl a quick wipe down. We'll come back to this soon, but this way you can vacuum up anything that falls from these surfaces.
- Vacuum. Vacuuming up first will make the rest of the job go along a little smoother. NOTE: IF YOU HAVE AN AIR COMPRESSOR, USE IT HERE TO BLOW OUT CRACKS, CREVICES, AND AIR VENTS. BE SURE TO WEAR EAR AND EYE PROTECTION.
- Shampoo the carpet. Take your foaming carpet spray and cover the carpet and cloth seats with the spray. Let this sit for a minute, and then use the carpet brush to scrub the foam into the carpet. Also do this with your headliner.
- Vacuum. Be sure to vacuum extremely well, removing the foam that is now in your carpet and seats. A strong shop vac will work best here. If you didn't remove your seats, use a crevice attachment to get in-between the seats.
- Follow steps 4 and 5 to clean your floor mats. (If your floor mats are "bad," you may use a diluted solution -- degreaser and water -- to clean the mats. Hose these off until all of the soap is removed).
- Shine up those doorjambs. I recommend using a diluted degreaser to clean off dirt and grease. Then use your quick detail shine to make the doorjambs shine.
- Clean the vinyl. Take a vinyl cleaner and a cloth and scrub your vinyl surfaces (dashboard, etc.). For really tough stains, a brush may be used in combination with the cleaner.
- Clean the windows. Take your favorite glass cleaner (preferably ammonia-free; ammonia discolors tint) and clean the windows, and mirrors. (Don't forget the mirrors under your visor.)
- Clean and condition any leather. If you have leather in your vehicle, I recommend using Lexol cleaner and Lexol conditioner. Follow their easy instructions on the back of each bottle to clean and condition your leather.
- The finer detailing. Take a q-tip or soft detailing brush and get any remaining dust from small crevices and air vents.
- Airing out. If you have the time, let your vehicle sit with the windows slightly open to air out the carpets and to remove any smell from chemical use.
- Place your floor mats and belongings back in your vehicle. If you wish, mist some of your favorite fragrance under the seats.
Your vehicle should now be fresh and clean!