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We often discuss how to care for the parts inside the engine and the exterior of your car, but do you know how to care for your car’s interior? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to care for and clean the inside of your car without damaging the dash or your seats. 

Clean Car Interior Benefits 

Even if you haven’t been driving as much as normal in 2020, you should still clean the end of your car. Over time, dirt and dust can make its way inside and make it dirtier than you even realize. There are many benefits to keeping the interior of your car clean. For example, having a clean car as the following benefits:

  • A clean car allows you to more easily transport passengers
  • Keeps your car from developing smells 
  • Prolongs your car’s lifespan and helps in resale value 

Further, having a clean car even has psychological benefits and can lower stress levels. 

How to Clean Your Car’s Interior 

The more you drive your car, and the more passengers you have ride in it, you know how easily stuff, dirt, and crumbs can accumulate. To clean your car on the inside, follow these tips from Consumer Reports

To clean… cloth surfaces: 

Your carpet and seats can easily catch and hold onto dirt and debris. To clean these soft surfaces, start by vacuuming, using your vacuum’s upholstery tool to aggravate the dirt out of the cloth. Be sure you use a smaller attachment to get the small crevices under and between the seats and in the small corners. 

Once you vacuum, if you have a steam cleaner, use that to lift stains up from the carpet. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, using soap and water with a soft wash cloth will work. 

Do not soak your seats with water, as a damp cushion can encourage mold and create a musty stench you might have trouble ever getting rid of. 

To clean…leather and vinyl:

Most leather and vinyl are treated with a protective coating, which means you have to clean it gently. Start by cleaning them with a soft cloth and a small amount of dish soap and water. When done, use a leather conditioner to keep the leather from drying out. Do not use products that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Also avoid commercial detailing sprays that can make surfaces look wet or glossy, because they can cause a glare. 

To clean… windshield and windows: 

The inside of your windshield can become dirty from air pollution and other interior vapors that can leave residue. This can hurt your visibility, so be sure to clean it with a soft cloth and a glass cleaner. Be sure to not get the cleaner on your seats, and always spray the cloth and not the glass. 

To clean… touch screens:

More and more cars are now equipped with touch screens that you have to use to change the radio and control the heat and air conditioning. This means a buildup of fingerprints and dust can make it hard to see the buttons you’re supposed to be touching. To clean this, damp a microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol, gently rubbing the screen clean. Do not use window cleaner here, as it can damage the screen’s anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings. 

Call Scott’s Auto 

To help with your car’s resale value and prolong its lifespan, keeping your car clean will be of great help. From the inside out, a clean car is essential to your car running like it should. If at any time you notice any issue with your vehicle, call our team at Scott’s Auto. With three convenient locations, we’re here for you!

Fort Collins: (970)-682-4202

Loveland: (970)-541-4404

Montrose: (970)-615-5150 


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