How to clean the car interior
Just like with home interiors, knowing how to clean inside of your car is important for a number of reasons. Alongside living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, car interiors can harbour grime, dust mites, pet hair and microbiomes.24 January 2023
1. Tools and accessories for your car vacuum cleaner
Before beginning your clean, gather all the materials and accessories you’ll need:
- Dyson’s cordless vacuums transform into handheld devices. Your car vacuum cleaner can be used alongside vacuum attachments like the scratch-free dusting brush, Light pipe crevice tool and Stubborn dirt brush.
- Rubbish and recycling bags.
- Containers to hold car possessions like manuals and sunglasses while you clean.
- A damp cloth.
2. Clearing interior space
Before using your cordless car vacuum, start by clearing away any 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, pet hair and debris in the upholstery and side interiors.
3. How to clean car seats
Car seats feature soft upholstery, which require special tools to ensure the materials don’t get damaged while cleaning. Use the Hair screw tool on your handheld car vacuum cleaner to tackle this area. Just like with home cleans, start from top to bottom. This ensures any dust that becomes dislodged and falls is captured in the final sweep. Start at the front of the car with both seats moved as far back as possible.
For how to clean car seats, start with the Light pipe crevice tool to vacuum along the seams. Next, the Hair screw tool is used to vacuum seat upholstery. For extra power on seats which have accumulated dust, use ‘boost mode’ on your handheld vacuum.
4. Vacuum interior sides
Flat surfaces like the dashboard can be addressed next. Because of the materials in place, it’s important to clean using only tools that have soft bristles. Opt for the Scratch-free dusting brush and Quick release combination tool to clear dust from these delicate surfaces. After vacuuming, go over these areas with a damp cloth to remove and marks or stains. For side pockets, slim tools like Awkward gap tool and Light pipe crevice tool illuminate and reach deep down. For particularly ground-in dirt, a damp cloth can be used after vacuuming.
5. Tackling the car floor
The last area to use your cordless car vacuum on is the floor. Begin by addressing dried debris like dirt and food. The stiff nylon bristles in the Stubborn dirt brush are designed to lift dried-in debris from high-traffic areas. Once tough dirt has been cleared, you can vacuum over flooring. Use the Mini-motorised tool to go over the general area. For pet owners, the Hair screw tool can be utilised here to pick up hair and pet dander from the boot, floor wells and other soft surfaces.
6. How to deep clean your car
Sometimes, cars call for heavy-duty cleans. If you don’t have a Stubborn dirt brush, the Quick release combination tool can be used on your cordless car vacuum for mud and ground in dirt. Pulling the soft nylon bristles back, go over floor areas. The Quick release 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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