How to clean your car interior
Maintaining a clean car interior requires constant upkeep – but including it in your weekly clean is important for the health quality of your car. Just like in homes, cars can harbour dust, dirt, pet hair and particles which when left may affect the air we breathe in.1 November 2022
1. Have tools and accessories handy
A big part of how to clean a car efficiently is to organise your tools beforehand. Before starting on your car, gather the following car vacuum cleaner accessories:
- Dyson’s cordless vacuums transform into handheld devices. Along with the hand vacuum for car, the Scratch-free dusting brush, Light pipe crevice tool and Stubborn dirt brush all tackle car spaces.
- Rubbish and recycling bags.
- Containers to hold car possessions like manuals and sunglasses while you clean.
- A damp cloth.
2. Clear the interior space
Before using your car seat cleaner, start by clearing loose items and possessions. Check under seats, in side pockets and cup holders, using containers to place possessions to the side. Leave all car doors open for ventilation during the clean. Finally, take out the floor mats from the footwells. These can be cleaned with the Stubborn dirt brush away from the car. The car should be completely emptied before vacuuming, to reveal any dirt, debris and pet hair in the upholstery and side interiors.
3. Best way to clean car seats
The Hair screw tool is specifically designed for soft surface areas like mattresses and car seats. Just like with homes, the right order of how to clean car seats starts from top to bottom. This ensures any dust that becomes dislodged and falls is captured in the final sweep. During car seat cleaning, start at the front of the car with both seats moved as far back as possible. Using the Crevice tool, vacuum along the seams of seats (making sure to reach where the back meets bottom). The Hair screw tool or Mini-motorised tool can be used to vacuum the seat upholstery, helping to remove visible and invisible dust and allergens that gather in soft furnishings. For extra power in these areas, use the ‘boost’ mode on your vacuum.
4. Vacuum interior sides
Next, move to generally flat surfaces in the car’s body such as the dashboard and tight spaces. This is the perfect job for the Detail cleaning kit. Tool such as the Scratch-free dusting brush and Combination tool gently removes dust from delicate surfaces with soft bristles. Then go over with a damp cloth to gently remove marks and stains on the dashboard. For how to clean car interior spaces like side pockets and tight corners, utilise slim tools like the Awkward gap tool or Light pipe crevice tool. For particularly ground-in dirt, a damp cloth can be used after vacuuming.
5. Tackle car floor
Use a car vacuum cleaner on the floor as your last step. Begin with stubborn dirt like dried-in mud and food stains. Use the stiff nylon bristles in the Stubborn dirt brush to lift dried dirt from high-traffic areas. Once cleared, vacuum over the flooring with the Mini-motorised tool. For pet owners, reach for the Hair screw tool to remove hair and dander from soft surfaces, floors and the boot.
6. How to clear stubborn dirt
If you don’t have a Stubborn dirt brush, the Combination tool can be used as a car vacuum cleaner for mud and ground in dirt. Pulling the soft nylon bristles back, go over floor areas. The Combination tool is designed with a wide nozzle to help cover more surface, and includes a nylon lint picker to lift tricky debris.
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