Spot Cleaning Between Auto Detailings
Make Your Detail Last!
Much like your home’s furniture, the interior of your car is also exposed to all kinds of dirt. Especially because it is highly unlikely that you and your passengers are always fresh and clean every time you get inside it.
When you have dirt and dust on your clothes or there’s oily residue on your skin from sweating, dirt and grime will likely form accumulate on your upholstered seats. As for your shoes, all the dirt, dust, grit and oils that you get from the parking lot will be transferred to your carpets and floor mats too. And tha’s just by getting in your car!
So much more can happen during the drive. Someone might spill pop on the seat. Or someone eating cookies might leave all those crumbs on the carpet. Or a kid eating chocolate or candy might wipe his fingers on the headrest. Or maybe someone might get carsick and throw up on your carpet. If you don’t do anything about it, it won’t be long before your clean and fresh interior becomes dull, dirty, and foul smelling.
How do you keep the inside of your car clean and fresh?
Vacuuming the interior of your car is good for removing dust and dirt. But, surface cleaning won’t always be enough, especially over time. That is why we recommend you bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center for a full auto detail twice each year (or at very least once per year). You can keep those instances to every 12 months by including interior cleaning as part of your regular car maintenance.
Of the many car upholstery cleaners around, here are our top 3 picks.
Designed to be sprayed upside-down so it is easier to control, this product foams well and dries quickly. After vacuuming, just spray it on, work it in with a fabric brush, wait a few minutes, and then wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
It gives great results and is safe to use on carpets, non-clear plastic, rubber, upholstery and vinyl. It does a great job on delicate fabric as well. It removes stains that are more than a year old but it doesn’t leave stains or residue of its own. It has a clean and pleasant smell too.
A multipurpose foam cleaner that can be used on any washable or painted surface including all kinds of fabric, carpets, chrome and vinyl. Aside from deep cleaning, it also helps in restoring a surface’s original color and appearance so your vehicle’s upholstery will look as good as new. It smells nice too.
To use, just spray it, let it soak for at least a minute, wipe with a damp cloth, then wipe with a dry cloth. For more stubborn stains, you may use an upholstery brush to scrub the stain off before wiping it with a damp cloth or some baby wipes.
It does what it says it will do, that is, remove all kinds of stains, even the toughest ones, from all kinds of materials. And it takes only a little effort. Just spray, let it sit, give a quick scrub, and wipe it off. It get rids of stains without discoloring the material being cleaned.
Keep this in mind when cleaning car upholstery
Before applying any cleaning product, read and understand the instructions to make sure the product doesn’t do any damage to you or to your car.
Prior to applying cleaners, do thorough vacuuming first, and then be sure to remove the floor mats.
Carefully follow the instructions on how to apply the cleaner, including the recommended amount, how long you should leave it, and what to use to work it in and get it off.
Repeat the application as needed. It’s better to do multiple light applications instead of one heavy application that might result in unnecessary waste of the product.
Bring Your Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center for a Full Detail
At least once every twelve months you should have your vehicle detailed. A full detail will help to keep it clean, safe, and last as long as possible. And good news, we provide auto detailing! At rates that are about half of what “the other guys” charge, we will make sure to make your car shine (and smell great too!).
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule your detailing.