Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Car’s Interior

Automotive detailing can largely be thought of in two major categories, the interior and the exterior. For most people, the exterior of the car is a less intimidating place to start because everyone has washed a car before. The problem is, cleaning the interior of your car isn’t as easy as spraying it down with soap.

That being said, cleaning your car’s interior is more straightforward than you might think. The key is to do just a little research beforehand so that you can make sure you have the right products and tools to get the job done right without damaging your vehicle.


If step one for cleaning the outside of your car is washing it, the first step for interior care is certainly vacuuming. Removing as much of the surface dust and debris as you can is the first thing you need you to do before you can move on to the rest of the interior. Having a vacuum with a small head and flexible hose is helpful because you get down into every hard to reach space.

One easy trick is to take everything out of the car that you can before you start vacuuming. This means everything, from your floor mats to the loose change in the center console and everything else in between. This way, when you start actually vacuuming, you’ll be able to cover every surface evenly without worrying about sucking anything up.

Cleaning the Upholstery 

When detailing your interior, you are likely going to want to clean your upholstery too. The most common method of cleaning car seats is to shampoo them. Shampooing a car seat involves vacuuming it thoroughly, applying cleaners and scrubbing with a brush, and then using an extraction machine to pull all the dirt out. The downside of this method is that it does require you to either own or rent a shampooer, although they can be surprisingly affordable.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of getting a machine to clean your upholstery, you can still do a thorough job with just a vacuum, a brush, a towel, and a bottle of cleaner. Working in small sections, you’ll saturate the area with several sprays of the cleaner, scrub it firmly with your brush, and then use the towel to absorb the moisture and dirt. This process can be tiring, but is worth the effort.

Catching the Little Things

As the name implies, the hardest part about auto detailing is catching all of the little details. Did you wipe out the inside of the cup holders? Did you pull out the floor mats and shampoo them? Is the dashboard dusted and polished? While it can seem tedious at first, eventually you’ll develop a system for quickly cleaning your interior.

What if you notice something you can’t clean, like an unsightly scratch on your leather seat, or a gouge in the leather on your gear shifter? Thanks to new products hitting the market, car scratch repair is easier than ever before. Now, instead of having to live with unsightly cosmetic damage or being forced to take it to an overpriced body shop, you can repair minor scratches at home.

Cleaning Your Car’s Interior

Maintaining the interior of your car is just as important as maintaining the exterior. While it can seem intimidating at first, the amount you can get done with just a vacuum, a brush, a towel, and a spray bottle might surprise you. 

With just a little effort and elbow grease, you’ll be able to keep the interior of the car just as clean and beautiful as the outside.

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