No matter how many times you say you aren't going to eat in the car to prevent crumbs from getting all over, the inevitable happens and the rules get thrown out the window. Crumbs are rubbed into the seat and in every crevice of your car, making your once brand new vehicle looking like an unkempt mess. Follow the detailing tips below to make your car look brand new again.
Vacuum up the crumbs with a shop vacuum, pulling the seat apart at the seams to get deeper inside the cracks and crevices. If you have leather seats, you may want to avoid using the vacuum and use a microfiber cloth to push the crumbs and dirt onto the floor (then vacuum up the debris from the floor) instead to prevent scratching the leather. Vacuum the carpeting and mats after you vacuum the seats. Freshen the carpeting by sprinkling baking soda on it. Allow it to sit for about ten minutes, then vacuum it up. If you have a lot of dog hair on your seats, or even in the carpeting, use a small handheld squeegee or even rubber gloves to rub the hair off of the seats.
Wipe down the hard surfaces of your car using a car cleaner such as Armor All, or you can use a small amount of Vaseline on a rag to keep your dashboard and other areas moist and prevent them from drying out. Get into the cracks and crevices using a soft sponge brush, or you can wrap a flat head screwdriver in a microfiber cloth to wipe these areas. For sticky substances on the hard surfaces in your car, use a product such as Goo Gone. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the product for application.
Keep your windows streak-free using a window cleaner and newspaper. Spray the window with the cleaner, then wipe it with the newspaper. Repeat if necessary. Do this to all of your windows. Roll the windows down just a bit to clean the entire window and to get rid of that line around the top of your windows.
The ceiling is an area that most people miss when cleaning their cars, but it can be loaded with dirt and fingerprints. Vacuum it to remove most of the dirt and dust. If you have any fingerprints or stains, spot clean it using a carpet cleanser.
Clean your car often to prevent built up dirt and debris from staining your car's upholstery or carpeting. Wipe down the interior to prevent dust from drying out your leather seats and dashboard. Take your car to a professional auto detailing shop for a professional clean.