Interior detailing involves cleaning the inner parts of a vehicle. Some of the components found in the interior cabin include leather, plastics, vinyl, carbon fibre plastics and natural fibres. To clean the interior cabinet, different techniques such as steam-cleaning and vacuuming are used.

Interior Car Detailing

Outer beauty is nothing compared to inner beauty. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that interior car detailing requires more effort and time than exterior detailing. A dirty interior cabin not only has a bad odour, but also adds to operational complications.

Dirty air exhaust spreads allergens throughout the cabin; stain and grit cause switches to fail, and hazy windows can obscure the view of a driver. In that case, cleaning a car’s interior is more than just washing with water and soap.

Depending on the car detailer you visit, there are different ways to do interior car detailing. However, the standard processes include:

Vacuuming – The first step to cleaning the interior of a car includes vacuuming, seats, headliners, rear cargo area, boot area and parcel shelf. To get the best out of vacuuming, floor mats should be cleaned separately. As for the difficult areas that cannot be reached using a vacuum, an air compressor can be used.

Brushing and Steam Cleaning – This is used to clean fabric interior, carpets and mats. A thorough scrubbing is done in order to remove any stains and blemishes that may have accumulated over the past years. To be more effective, a steam-cleaner should be used. However, interior should be left to dry completely to avoid mould.

Glass Cleaning – A glass cleaner is used to clean the glass. It ensures that the glass remains sparkling and ensures the driver’s view is not obstructed.

Leather Cleaning – A leather cleaner is used to clean the leather parts. As for the soapy areas, a damp cloth is used to remove the excess soap. In the case of older cars, the leather may become dry, a conditioner customized for leather can be used after cleaning to restore its softness. 

Re-Vacuuming and Wiping – Re-Vacuuming is important just after vacuuming. Any dirt left in the interior cabin is removed. Dashboards and windows should be wiped clean with a clean cloth using a cleaning detergent. After all this is done, a car’s original shine is restored.

UV Protectant – Wiping over the interior plastics and trims with a UV protectant, not only enhances the finish, it also protects it from UV damage. UV Protectants come in a gloss and saturn finish.

Perfuming – Finally, to leave the car with a good scent, a deodorant is used in the car.

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