How to Clean Your Car Using a Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner

Person cleaning car interior with a vacuum

There is nothing worse than picking up your friend in your car, only to have them roast you to oblivion because said car’s interior is dusty, dirty, and dismal. Listen, folks. It’s 2021, and that part of our lives needs to be over. This is the year of the portable car vacuum cleaner

Car vacuuming is like a fine art - it takes work, but the visual reward is simply outstanding. If you’re wondering how exactly you should go about vacuuming your car, fear not, as I will be steering you (haha, get it? Like a car) in the right direction. 

Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road (get it? Like a gear shift? Sorry. That’s the last time, I promise.) and answer some basic FAQs. 

The Basics: 

Time to buckle up (HAHA SYKE!) and get moving! Here are some common questions about how to vacuum your car that should help you get started.

How Often Should I Vacuum My Car? 

Most experts recommend vacuuming your car’s interior twice a month. However, not everyone has the time to do this, so once a month is okay too.

Can You Clean Your Car with a Regular Vacuum?  

I’m not going to tell you no, exactly, but I am going to say if you want an actual clean, you shouldn’t. In order to get into all of the cracks and creases, only a portable car vacuum will really get the job done. Car interior vacuum cleaners are designed to get into even the hardest-to-reach places, whereas regular vacuums are massive and only really work on the floor.

What are Some Helpful Car Vacuuming Tips?

  1. Vacuum the interior BEFORE cleaning the exterior! Vacuuming your car kicks up dust and dirt that can land right on your freshly cleaned exterior. 
  2. Pay special attention to the seats! I hate to say this, but humans are kind of gross. Our skin, hair, and food scraps get all over these seats, so it’s extra important to use your auto hand vacuum here. 
  3. Vacuum the mats last. You can do this outside of your car, and it adds a great finishing touch to show you’re all done. 

Choosing the Right Vacuum

There are a lot of car interior cleaning vacuum cleaners out there, so here are a couple great suggestions if you’re feeling lost in the vacuum vortex. 

The ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner is car grime’s worst nightmare. With a 16ft 12V outlet cord, 4 different accessories, AND a convenient travel bag, this cleaner will have your car looking like you just drove it off the lot. 

If that’s not working for you, imagine this: The vacuum above, but UPGRADED. That’s what the ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner 2.0 will get you. It has everything stated above, but ALSO a built-in LED light as well as a washable double HEPA filter! 

If you’re STILL not feeling these, check out our other amazing tools on our website!

Step by Step Guide on How to Use Car Vacuum Cleaner

Now it’s time to put the pedal to the metal (Okay, that’s the last one for real). Follow these steps to get the cleanest car you’ve ever had! 

  1. Open Your Car Doors. This allows easier access, and provides ventilation from dust and odor. 
  2. Clear out Any Trash & Debris. Take out big pieces that your car interior vacuum might not be able to handle! 
  3. Remove Your Car’s Floor Mats. These are under our shoes, so they’re usually the dirtiest. We’ll save these for last. 
  4. Start from the Ceiling and Move Downward. All of the dust will fall to the bottom, so it’s best to get this part out of the way. 
  5. Clean Your Dashboard & Display. This is an often neglected surface, so brush the area using one of the brush heads from your handheld car vacuum cleaner.
  6. Clean the Upholstery. Get all that trapped hair and dust out from the cracks of your seat. A thin tube extension would be great for this.
  7. Clean the Floorboards. A lot of dirt accumulates here, so scrub it with a brush head extension.
  8. Open & Clear Out Your Trunk. Clear it out and vacuum it! Just because we’re never in there doesn’t mean it doesn’t get gross.
  9. Clean Your Floor Mats (Outside of Your Car). Last but not least, use a brush head to scrub off these mats, and put them back in when you’re done. 

That’s it! You’re done! Now take a victory lap (Sorry), and congratulate yourself with a celebratory trip around the block! Happy driving!


Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor