What are interior detailing and its purpose?

Car interior detailing is the process of cleaning and reconditioning a vehicle’s cabin. It involves deep-cleaning everything inside a car, including seats, carpets, mats, door panels, dashboard, and trim.

The goal is to restore the interior of a vehicle to its original condition as close as possible. The process can be lengthy and involved, but the results are worth it. A car with a clean and well-maintained interior will look great, and create a more pleasant and healthy driving experience.

Top 3 reasons you need your car detailed today.

1. Improve the way your car looks on the inside.

You want to keep your car looking nice and clean like your house. Nobody wants to get inside a messy car. With regular detailing, you can make sure your vehicle looks its best from the inside out!

2. Make the ride safe and healthy for you and your passengers.

A clean interior also has safety and health benefits. You can see all around you better while driving. Less dust and debris reduce allergens and bacteria that can cause illness. And you can breathe better quality air.

3. By providing long-lasting protection to the cabin parts, you can increase the resale value of the whole car.

The sun’s UV rays can fade and crack things over time. Usual daily tear and wear cause stains and scratches.

That’s why the final stages of interior detailing include applying protective sealants to all the surfaces in the cabin. It provides the car’s finish with lasting protection from UV rays and other damage. Plus, it keeps the interior in the best possible shape longer and adds overall value to the car itself.

As a result, it’s always a good idea to have your car detailed by a professional on a routine basis.

How to remove grime and stains without the need for harsh chemicals?

Now featuring steam-cleaning.

Here’s the list of some of the advantages of steam cleaning:

  • Eco-friendly.
  • Gentle on fabric and effective in cleaning and disinfection.
  • The high temperature of the steam kills bacteria, germs, and dust mites.

We’ll disinfect your car’s interior today, so you and your family can stay safe and sound on the road tomorrow. 

Contact us today to steam clean your vehicle.

We guarantee the best results when detailing your car’s interior.

Why choose us?

We have the right tools, top-quality products, and knowledge.

  • We treat the interior as an essential part of the complete car detailing process.
  • We know that interior auto detailing is not only about vacuuming the floor and wiping down the dash.
  • We understand that interior detailing is as crucial as exterior detailing. Even more so. After all, you spend most of your time inside the car while on the road.

How to clean and detail car interiors: a comprehensive step-by-step guide.

Here’s a complete detailed guide on how to clean cars’ interiors. You’ll find it helpful if you want to learn how to clean the inside of your car yourself. Or if you are curious about what to expect when hiring a professional detailer.

Before you start, you want to make sure you have plenty of time dedicated to the task. Also, make sure you have all the things you’ll need to complete the job successfully. You will need plenty of new or clean microfiber towels, cleaning sprays, equipment, brushes, etc.

Step 1: De-clutter and remove all unwanted items.

The first and most crucial step is de-clutter, i.e., removing trash and unwanted items. De-cluttering makes the cleaning process much more manageable. 

Step 2: Remove and clean the floor mats.

Remove all floor mats and wash and disinfect them. 

  • Rubber mats: spray degreaser and rinse off with water. 
  • Standard fabric rugs: vacuum first, then spray fabric cleaner.

Finally, scrub with upholstery and carpet brush. Wipe clean with a microfiber towel.

Step 3 – Vacuum inside the entire car.

Vacuum the entire cabin, including seats, center console, dashboard, and floor. Focus on getting between the cracks and crevices. Be sure to pay attention to any areas that seem particularly dirty or grimy. 

Always working from top to bottom, keep the vacuum nozzle close to the surface to pick up dust and grime. 

Once you’ve vacuumed, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down all the hard surfaces. Pay special attention to the steering wheel and sticky or greasy areas.

Step 4 – Steam clean the door jambs, seals, and weather stripping.

Steam cleaning is one of the best methods available. Traditional cleaning methods rely on harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbing. Cleaning with steam uses only hot water to loosen and remove dirt and grime. As mentioned earlier, steam cleaning is:

  • more gentle on interior surfaces
  • and more effective in eliminating unpleasant odors
  • the best in stain removal
  • a great way to clean hard-to-reach areas. Dust and dirt tend to accumulate quicker under the seats and in crevices.

Step 5: Re-vitalize the headliner with a gentle but thorough cleaning.

A headliner is one of the essential parts of the vehicle’s interior. It provides a nice, clean look, but it also helps to protect the car’s interior from dust and contamination. But be careful. Cleaning a headliner is a delicate car detailing procedure. Here’s a pro tip on how to do it right:

  1. First, be sure to set the vacuum to the lowest setting and vacuum the headliner before you start cleaning it. The vacuuming will help to remove any loose dirt and dust. 
  2. Next, using a damp cloth, wipe down the headliner. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as this could damage the fabric and the glue attached to the headliner. 
  3. Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture. Your headliner should be looking good as new now!

Following these simple steps can keep your car’s headliner looking new.

Step 6: Clean seats can make a world of difference!

When it comes to interior auto detailing, the seats are often one of the most overlooked areas. Take your time and clean your car seats the best you can. It will make the whole car look better. Here are a few tips for cleaning both upholstery seats and leather seats.

Upholstery Seats

For upholstery seats and seat covers, start by vacuuming the surface to remove dirt or debris. Then, use a mild soap and a soft brush to scrub away any remaining dirt. Use a more powerful cleaner like SONAX Upholstery & Alcantara Cleaner for stubborn stains. Test any cleaner on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that it will not damage the fabric. Once you have finished cleaning the seats or seat covers, vacuum again to remove any soap residue.

Leather Seats

For leather seats, start by vacuuming the surface to remove loose dirt and debris. Then, clean the leather seats using a special brush and cleaner. 

(Recommended product for this procedure: SONAX Leather foam.

It will clean and protect your delicate leather upholstery in a single step. ) 

Follow the leather cleaner or leather conditioner instructions to avoid damaging the leather. After cleaning the seats or seat covers, vacuum them again to remove any soap residue. 

By taking the time to clean your car seats, you can help to keep your car’s interior looking its best.

Step 7 – Scrub and shampoo carpets and floors

  • Spray the cleaner onto the carpets and scrub with a brush. Be sure to get into all the cracks and crevices.
  • Allow the carpets to air dry completely before moving on.
  • You may need to use a more powerful car shampoo or a carpet shampoo for more significant stain removal. Test these products in an inconspicuous area to prevent the car’s flooring damage.

Over time, dirt, grime, and stains can build up and make your car look unclean and uninviting. Use a high-quality carpet extractor such as Hart 6-Gallon 5.5 Peak HP 3-in-1 Wet/Dry Shampoo Vac to prevent that. 

The power of the carpet extractor

There’s no need to worry about messy spills or stubborn stains when you have this machine! It can pick up anything from wet towels on your floor to dog hair. You’ll be able to take care of things in minutes without hiring a carpet cleaning company to do your carpets (Imagine the cost!).

  • Carpet extractors are an essential tool for interior detailing and car upholstery cleaning.
  •  Carpet extractors can clean areas by getting rid of dirt, stains, etc. 
  • They also help stop the growth of mold and mildew by removing moisture from the affected areas. 

Carpet extractors use high-powered suction and hot water to clean various surfaces. What’s more, they greatly reduce the need for “elbow grease.” Many people swear by carpet extractors to keep their car’s interior looking spotless. If you need to clean a large area of your carpet and remove embedded dirt, a carpet extractor is necessary. It will save you tons of time and money.

Step 8: Clean the plastic trim and vinyl.

This step applies to plastic door panels, dashboard, center console, cup holders, etc. 

As an alternative to any interior cleaners, you can add a drop of dish soap to the water. Dampen microfiber towels in soapy water and wipe down all plastic surfaces. Be careful around electronics and touch screen areas. Finish off with a dry clean towel.

As a final step, apply trim dressing and vinyl protectant to all the plastic trim areas.

Step 9: Seal off all the fabric with a protective fabric spray.

If you have fabric seats, spray a fabric protectant on your upholstery. Do the same for carpets and floor mats. Carpro CQuartz Fabric Coating is an excellent product for this task. It is easy to use, providing ultimate protection to all fabric surfaces.

  • The product features excellent protection from UV light
  • It prevents bacteria growth caused by sweat, oils, and grime.
  • It makes maintenance cleaning in the future much easier and less time-consuming.
  • It has superb hydrophobic qualities and repels any liquid right away.

To apply, spray a light coat and let it dry. And now, all the fabric in your car has an extra layer of protection!

Step 10: Clean air vents and a new cabin air filter promote clean air inside the car.

Professional detailers will always make sure to clean air vents and AC vents. Over time, dust and other debris can accumulate on these surfaces, blocking the free flow of air. The restricted air will impact and deteriorate the air quality in your car. Luckily, cleaning nd AC vents is a simple task.

  1. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove any loose dirt and dust.
  2. Scrub away any stubborn residue with a small brush. Next, dry the vents with a paper towel and compressed air to prevent water spots from forming in the future.
  3. Don’t forget to change the cabin air filter.

And that’s that – With a few minutes of work, you can improve the quality of air in your cabin.

Step 11: Deodorize the interior with your favorite air freshener.

One crucial step in auto detailing is to deodorize the car’s interior. Choose an air freshener with natural ingredients that do not emit harmful fumes. It’ll give the car a final long-lasting touch that can make all the difference. Air deodorants that are less harmful to the environment last longer. And they tend to neutralize any unpleasant odors in your vehicle better.

Step 12 – Final and most crucial step: sparkly clean the glass.

You will need a premium glass cleaner and lint-free towels to clean the windows. We prefer to use Ultra-Premium Glass Cleaner from Griot’s Garage – a premium quality glass cleaner. It is an excellent choice for keeping your car’s windows streak-free and squeaky clean. The foaming action helps loosen contaminants or any grease and oily residues. And it makes it easier to wipe away all the dirty substances leaving the glass squeaky clean and sparkly. And because it’s ammonia-free, it’s safe for use on all tinted windows.

  • Spray a light mist of the cleaning product onto the glass and wipe away with a lint-free cloth. 
  • Be sure to clean both the inside and outside of the windows.

Read a pro tip below in the Pro Tips section on adding extra shine and pop to the clean glass.

The final touches

Once you have completed all the above steps and cleaned all the surfaces, you can do some final touch-ups. Vacuum any missed areas and wipe down all the covers with a microfiber cloth one more time. Replace the floor mats, and be sure to put all the personal items back into the car.

And there you have it! You have now detailed the interior of your car.

Car interior cleaning pro tips.

Tip 1 – Keeping your car’s interior free of pet hair?

If you have a furry friend, pet hair can be tough to get rid of- and even tougher to keep off surfaces. There are a few ways to remove pet hair from your clothes, furniture, and car interior parts.

  • A lint roller or tape can remove hair from fabric for fair amounts of pet hair. 
  • Be sure to vacuum carpets, floors, seats, and door panels as often as possible. 
  • For upholstery, use a soft brush designed for pet hair removal. You can find it at any auto parts store.

Tip 2 – Make use of a microfiber applicator when applying sealants and protectants.

Microfiber applicators are one of the most versatile car care tools available. You can use them to apply various car care products. These applicators will not damage car interiors or leave behind lint or streaks. 

Any local auto parts store has a variety of them. So you can find one that’s perfect for your car detailing needs. Microfiber applicators are easy to use, and they’re inexpensive. You can stock up and always have a few on hand. 

Tip 3 – How to make the air freshener inside your car last?

Your car’s AC system can help distribute the air freshener through the entire area of the vehicle. It will make it last longer and provide better coverage. Follow these three steps:

  1. Turn the AC on to the highest setting
  2. Switch the Air Recirculation Mode on
  3. Spray the air freshener into the footwells near the vents.

The air deodorizing spray will go into the AC system. And every time you turn on the AC, you’ll have fresh smelling air coming out of the AC vents.

We can help you choose the best air freshener for your needs. And we can guide how to get the most out of it. Give us a call today!

Tip 4 – Adding extra shine and pop to the clean glass surfaces.

Apply Meguiar’s® D156 Detailer Synthetic X-Press™ Spray Wax on the inside glass. It will make the window extra smooth and shiny. It will also make it easier to clean the glass in the future.

Tip 5- Use this simple car wash trick to clean the seat belts.

Many car owners overlook seat belts when they detail their car’s interior. But it is a crucial part of the process. Seat belts get touched a lot, and they also keep a lot of dirty stains. The material becomes grubby from food spills, coffee splashes, etc. 

Use a clean microfiber towel to wipe off the seat belts with the solution. To clean seat belts, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a bowl. This simple car wash trick can make a huge difference in your car’s interior appearance.

Conclusion

Interior detailing can be a daunting task, with so many different things to consider. Follow this step-by-step guide as a reference, and the job will not be as confusing anymore.

The most important thing is to have everything ready before you start. And you must dedicate some time to the process. Once you have those two things, interior detailing is much less intimidating. Move from one step to the next, and make sure you’re doing a thorough job. In the end, you’ll have a car that looks almost new again.

Thanks for following our guide!

FAQ.

How often should you do complete detail of your car’s interior?

Answer:

We recommend doing a complete cleaning and detailing once every 3-4 months. It all depends on how often you drive and your climate. You want to have your car detailed every few months. A technician will clean the inside and outside of your car and apply a leather conditioner to all the leather parts. They will also put a protective coating on all the major areas inside your car. In short, regular car detailing is an integral part of the overall car protective maintenance routine. 

What does interior detailing include, and how is it different from interior cleaning?

There are two different methods of interior detailing. It all depends on your preferences and the condition of your car. A basic wipe-down and vacuum will suffice if your vehicle is almost clean and only needs a good once-over. It is often called interior car cleaning.

But, if your car is messy and needs a deeper cleaning, you’ll want to opt for interior car detailing.

It’s a deep clean with all the steps described above. The complete package includes 

  • washing all fabric material,
  • steam cleaning carpets and upholstery, 
  • cleaning the steering wheel, console, dashboard, and all other surfaces, 
  • conditioning leather seats, etc. 

Of course, this process is more time-consuming, but it’s well worth it if you want to keep your car in tip-top shape.

What is the average cost of professional interior detailing in Kentucky?

We all enjoy the look and feel of a clean car. A spotless interior can significantly reduce the appearance of wear and tear. Achieving the highest level of cleanliness for a vehicle can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the time or expertise to do it yourself.

That’s where professional detailing comes in. The cost of professional detailing will vary depending on the size and type of vehicle. You can expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a standard sedan. For larger vehicles like SUVs and vans, the price will be $300.

Looking to sell your car or want to keep it looking its best? Hiring a professional detailer is definitely worth the investment.

How long does it usually take for a professional to detail your car’s interior?

When it comes to car detailing services, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The amount of time it takes to detail a car’s interior depends on many factors. The size, the type, and the condition of a vehicle will determine the final cost and time it will take to detail it. But on average, it takes 2-3 hours per car’s interior to complete the car detailing job.