If your car is getting really dirty, stinky, or if something happened and you just need to make sure it gets clean again after a big mess, this guide is for you. Vacuuming is an indispensable part of car interior cleaning, and we want to help you improve your technique so you can get the clean, fresh car you deserve.
Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum and a Hand Vacuum
The combination of two vacuums gives you the best chance of getting professional results without paying a professional to actually do the cleaning. The bulk of the work should be done by the Wet/Dry Vacuum, with tight corners, awkward angles, and other hard-to-reach spots being handled by a versatile, cordless hand vacuum. If you have a cloth interior, you can even do your own upholstery cleaning if you have the right soap for the job and a wet pickup filter for your Wet/Dry Vacuum.
Why Should You Vacuum from Top to Bottom?
The best way to vacuum is always to work from top to bottom. This is done because gravity has an effect on everything you do, even the dust in your car. You want to use vacuums because rags, dusters, and other cleaning methods mostly just throw dust around, making it easy for it to resettle. Clean your car’s interior from top to bottom to get the most dust out you can. You should finish with the floor of your car’s interior.
Vacuum and Wash your Floor Mats
The mats in your car do a lot to keep your car clean. They collect a lot of dust, gravel, sand and dirt, especially cloth ones. Take your floor mats out and clean them separately. Vacuuming will only do so much, so wash them with soapy water and as much water pressure as you can get your hands on. Afterward, use your Wet/Dry Vacuum to suck up as much moisture as possible. You don’t want to put wet mats back inside your car for them to get moldy right after you cleaned them.