Updated: Jul 1
This is a popular question often asked by those who’ve never had the luxury of receiving a professional car detail before. We’ll be careful throwing the “L” word around because car detailing should be looked at as a maintenance, not a luxury. Especially interior car detailing. So, let’s get into what actually makes this service important.
Staying healthy is the most important benefit of interior car cleaning, but probably the least thought about. Here at SpeeDetail Mobile Auto Detailing, healthy car interiors are a big deal to us. A truly clean car is a healthy car. You can’t have one without the other. Some cars may appear clean, but we’re here to remind you that there is a big difference between interior car cleaning and interior car detailing.
Have you ever really cleaned your steering wheel? I mean really went at it? We ask because your steering wheel is likely 4 times dirtier than a public toilet seat! Yes, 4 times (CarRentals.com). Do you sanitize your hands after each touch of the gas pump? It seems impossible, but the pump is far more germ-infested than steering wheel and toilet seat combined.
Each time you get in your vehicle, you’re bringing in germs and bacteria from somewhere. Every time a male uses a public restroom, he steps in urine on the floor. This is then brought back into the car and transferred to the carpet. Unfortunately, there are so many ways to spread germs inside your vehicle and it just so happens, the driver’s area is the most tedious to clean. How convenient, right?
When is the last time you changed your cabin air filter or had your ventilation system purged? Have you checked the edge of the carpet where it tucks into the plastic trim? This is a hotspot for mold due to bringing wet shoes into your vehicle. These scary and disgusting facts about your car aren’t meant to be used as fear, but as knowledge so you can keep yourself and your family healthier. If you’ve ever sneezed or coughed in your car, there are germs.
How Do I Control It?
Hopefully, after reading the above information, you asked yourself “What can I do to keep my car sanitary?” The answer is actually very simple once you understand what to clean and how to clean it. Regular interior car cleaning is the solution. Whether you do it, or you have a professional auto detailer do it, it needs to be done. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll want to make sure you’re using chemicals that are designed specifically for interior car detailing.
Pro tip: stay away from the ArmorAll.
These products actually attract dust, dirt and germs. You’ll want a pH neutral interior cleaner that won’t leave any damaging residue behind. If shopping at a local parts store, you can’t go wrong with Meguiar’s.
How To Clean My Car Interior?
Here is a list of hotspots and tools we recommend rounding up to make sure you get the job done right:
Tools and Chemicals
• powerful wet-dry vacuum
• steam cleaner, if available to you - absolutely do not use near electrical components
• detail brushes - stiff make up brushes can work in a pinch
• pH neutral interior cleaner - spray onto towel first and never directly on electronics
• antibacterial cleaner
• UV protectant for dash, vinyl and leather
• carpet and fabric protectant (will slow germs from embedding into carpets and seats)
• multiple microfiber towels
• steering wheel
• on and around the gear shifter
• door handles
• carpet, including under the seats
Now that you know what you need to keep your car healthy and clean, get out there and make it happen! We encourage you to check out our other blog posts and YouTube videos for technical tips and demonstrations. If you’re still not confident in your abilities, or simply don’t have the time, reach out to us and set up a pre-detail inspection. You can fill out our fast, easy quote form here: www.speedetailoh.com.
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Your SpeeDetail Team
SPEEDetail Mobile Auto Detailing
Butler & Warren Counties