How to Clean the Interior of Your Car

Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

When it comes to judging people, they say it's what's inside that matters most. The same applies to your car.

You might have given your ride a good wash and wax to make it gleam from the outside, but your passengers won't be pleased to find litter strewn around inside amongst ragged upholstery. Keeping your car's interior clean isn't just for aesthetic purposes either.

Maintaining a clean car inside and out and you might help keep it safe as well - any liquid spills within your car, left unattended, can cause corrosion and rust from the inside.

With a lot more areas to cover in the car's interior than the outside, it can be tricky making sure everything is covered. However, simply breaking the job down into its various components will save you a whole heap of time and frustration.


Depending on the type of material your car's seats have, you'll need different procedures to get them clean. Cloth seats are probably the easiest to clean, as most of the time a quick vacuum is required to pick up any loose dirt.

It's also easy to remove any stubborn stains with just a bit of water and a typical cleanser found around the home.

Leather seats need a bit more attention - make sure you use a specific leather cleaning agent such as a soap or shampoo, available from your local car service centre. Take care as you work it into the leather, distributing it evenly over the surface.

It's also a good idea to use a conditioner on the leather after it's been cleaned, to help keep it in top condition for longer.


The floor of your car is likely to be the dirtiest part of its interior, with passengers trampling over it and having the tendency to leave rubbish lying around. If your car doesn't already have them, you should definitely invest in some proper floor mats.

These make it so much easier to keep the floor clean as all you need to do is remove them, shake off any dirt and grime and give them a good vacuuming. Remember to do this on a regular basis, say once a week, instead of letting dirt build up.

For stains on the carpet itself, you might have to do a bit more work. Use a simple household carpet stain remover to treat the blemish, scrub or wipe it off and vacuum over it once again to complete the job.


The various surfaces inside your car such as the dashboard and steering wheel need to be looked after as well. Most of these don't require any special products. A cloth coupled with water and mild detergent should do the trick. Make sure the air vents are clean and free from dust as too - just use a fine brush to wipe them down.


You might have realised by now that much of your car's interior can be cleaned with products you can easily find around the house. The same applies to your windows. A standard glass cleaner works just as well for your car, especially in the hard to reach areas on the inside of the windscreen.

Give each window a good wipe, rolling them down to wipe off any dirt and grime accumulated along the edges too.


After having given the interior such a thorough clean, you might be overwhelmed at having to wash the outside as well! For a quick and professional job, why not take it down to a Motorama Cool Hand Car Wash? Our team uses only environmentally friendly products and methods to make your car shine in a matter of minutes while you wait with a relaxing coffee!