Keeping your vehicle clean inside and out will help keep it looking new over the years. Having a regular cleaning schedule makes a difference and makes it easier to maintain each time you clean.

1 ) Before you start it’s important to gather the essential supplies you’ll need.

  • Clean microfiber cloths and cleaning solvents made for the materials you will be cleaning are vital. Using the correct products and a clean cloth that hasn’t been used for any other purpose will ensure you aren’t doing more harm than good. The wrong solvents can damage or stain interior leather and fabric. 
  • Depending on the material of your seats you may need a specific cleaner and leather conditioner. Make sure you’re using the right products made for those interior areas and apply as instructed on the label. 

2) Park the vehicle in the shade if possible and have access to a vacuum.

  • Vacuuming the vehicle before you begin the detailed cleaning process will help it go a lot smoother. Removing that loose dust and debris before you start wiping it down helps to prevent working any dirt into the interior surfaces and carpet as you move around in there. 
  • When you’re able to park in the shade it will help to get the most out of the cleaning products, especially in the warmer weather. The direct sun will often dry or “bake” the product on before you get a chance to wipe it off. This can result in a streaked or smudged look. 

3) Clean small sections working your way across and down.

  • By working in sections you’ll avoid losing track of where you already cleaned so you can be sure you’re not working harder than necessary and not missing a spot. This is especially important when cleaning the interior of the auto glass.
  • Clean the interior areas first that are up higher. For example, starting with your windshield interior and then working your way down to your dashboard will avoid any overspray of windshield products getting on the dashboard area that you just cleaned.

4) Follow manufacturer guidelines and consider the product quality.

  • Not all auto cleaning products are created equal. Some use better quality ingredients than others, especially some leather cleaning and conditioning products. Using a high-quality item will pay off in the long run. 
  • Check the package directions and owner’s manual and make sure the product is the right one for your vehicle. Some vehicle manufacturers have their own cleaning recommendations depending on the type of leather or other material that is used for the interior surfaces. 

5) Be thorough and take your time.

  • Cleaning your vehicle’s entire interior can seem like a daunting task, but if you have the right supplies and can set aside a couple hours to do it right you’ll be able to then enjoy a nice clean interior as you go about your day. Try to do it during a time when you won’t feel rushed. 
  • Vehicles have a lot of “nooks and crannies” so paying attention to details will help to ensure you don’t miss a spot. After you’re finished move the seats and take a peek under to be sure you cleaned all the debris out from there. Kids, pets and just daily travel can result in a surprising amount of mess in vehicles. 

At Flagstop Car Wash we make keeping your vehicle clean inside and out a breeze. Our car washes are convenient and you can use them as often as you want when you join our RVA Wash Club —one low monthly price gives you unlimited access to any of our automatic car wash locations. Our free-to-use carpet floor mat cleaners, vacuums and other cleaning services are available to make the process of keeping your vehicle clean a great experience. Stop by and see us today! 

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