How to get a ‘Dealership Clean’ for the Interior of your Car at Home?

Now that the world is slowly opening back up, your calendar might be filling up with events you need to get to. With your car being stuck inside as much as you, the interior of your car is not as clean as you would like.

It’s such a pain to bring your car into the car wash and pay an extra hundred dollars to get your interior detailed. No fear, because in this guide we will be giving you easy cleaning tips on how to touch up your interior for your next adventure. 

How to Clean the Inside of your Car?

Detailing your interior can be a struggle especially when you want that ‘Dealership Clean.’ You can’t just throw a bucket of water and soap and rinse it off hoping for the best for your interior. So, here is a step-by-step list on how to approach cleaning the interior of your car. 

Gather Trash 

  • Start by going through the inside of your car and picking up any trash that has piled up on your seats and floor from the past year. It will be a great idea to invest in a car trash can for non messy disposable of any trash while you are on the road.

Clean the Floor Mats 

  • Your floor mats are usually the dirtiest part of your car. Remove all of them at once to save time. Shake them out and then use a car detailing vacuum, like ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner, which comes with attachments to reach those hard-to-reach areas. 
  • While your mats are out, go ahead and vacuum the interior carpet with your car vacuum cleaner. 

Clean Interior Windows and Mirrors 

  • People sometimes forget to clean the inside of their windows and mirrors. Use a microfiber cloth and window cleaner to wash off any dirt. 
  • When wiping, lower your window slightly and start at the top of the window. Then work your way down so you can catch any drippage. 
  • You can make your own window cleaner by mixing a one-to-one solution of white vinegar and water. 

Clean Center Console 

  • Now it is time to clean the center console that is probably pretty messy and hard to clean with tight corners. You can use a pair of tweezers to remove debris from the smallest nooks of your car. 
  • After that, you can use the smallest nozzle from your Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner to remove extra dust particles. 
  • To clean your gear shift, use a slightly damp microfiber cloth. To reach tight corners, use a cotton swab or toothbrush. 
  • If your cupholder is removable, take it out and soak it in warm water with a splash of dish soap. Scrub it clean and dry it to have a new cup holder for your drink of choice.   

How to Clean your Car Seats?

  • If you have leather seats, use the Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner to remove dirt and dust from seat stitching and the area between the backs and the bottom of the seats. When done, consider using a leather conditioner to restore the seat’s shine. 
  • If you have cloth upholstered seats, vacuum your seats. Then pretreat heavily-stained areas with some upholstery cleaner. Apply the paste and let it sit for at least an hour. After an hour or so, vacuum the residue with your car detailing vacuum. 

Door Panels 

  • Gently wipe your door panels and your side pockets with a damp microfiber cloth. Keep the doors open when cleaning so the dirt and dander land on the outside of your car.  

Quick Car Cleaning Hacks to Save Time 

Now that you know the best ways to detail the interior of your car, here are some quick hacks to save time while cleaning. Let's get started!

Odor Control 

  • If your car is still smelling stale after all that cleaning, sprinkle the carpet and cloth seats with dry baking soda. Let it sit there overnight and suck it up in the morning with your car vacuum cleaner. 

Air Vents 

  • The air vent grills can be extremely tedious to clean. To save time use a soft, long bristle brush attachment that comes with your car vacuum. 
  • You can also use an old makeup brush or paintbrush and sweep the grills while using a car vacuum cleaner to suck up extra dust as you go. 

Treat Leather Stains 

  • Keep a leather-cleaning kit in your car. Then you can clean any stains that happen immediately before they become permanent. Pretreat the leather with a conditioner before you start the stain removal process. 

Non-Removable Cupholders 

  • You can use an old sock to get stains out. Soak the sock with an all-purpose cleaner. Place it in the cup holder and twist it to get the stains to loosen. 
  • After the sock, use a wooden skewer to scrape anything left over out of the cupholder. 

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to grab your microfiber cloth and car detailing vacuum and get started. Once you’re done, you’re ready to rejoin society to run some errands or drive your friends around for a night out. Happy cleaning everyone!


Contributing Writer: Madeline Collins