How to care for your car's interior

Team OD Updated: April 16, 2020, 09:53 AM IST

Many owners like to keep their car shining from outside more than the inside as it's easier to clean and is also the only visible profile. However, keeping the car clean from inside is more important as that's the space you spend your maximum time in. Here are the ways to maintain the interior of your car.

Hyundai Creta 2020 - interior-sketch

Vacuum it!

Firstly, make sure the cabin is properly vacuumed to remove all the dust and grime that gets deposited with time. Also, make sure the carpets and the more difficult to reach areas like the front under seats section, the recess in the front console, bottle holder slots on the door trims and also the gaps between the seats and the console are cleaned thoroughly. Leather seats are comparatively easier to clean with cream solutions whereas the fabric seats need to be dealt with by proper vacuuming and then spraying of a cleaning or soap solution followed by brushing the area that has been sprayed.

High contact areas

The buttons and the knobs on the central console and the steering wheel used for various functions in the car and also the door locks are the parts that we come in contact with more often and they get oily and sticky. Its important that unlike the seats, you do not spray on these controls but wipe them gently with multi surface cleaning creams like Min, etc, most of which you can find online.

Air-Conditioner cleaning

Another important part of an automobile that needs thorough cleaning is the air-conditioning unit that might attract the virus from outside and then transmit it to the occupants inside. Hence, the AC units should be disinfected to get rid of any bacteria or mould. Start with cleaning the vents, which might sound the easiest but is also one of the most tricky parts, as dust tends to accumulate in the smaller slots. Use a foam paint brush as its sturdy bristles are also flexible to reach tight spots.

This should be followed by cleaning the cabin filter, usually located around the glovebox. The best practise is to replace the cabin filter at least once every year. However, you can regularly clean it using an air-compressor to get rid of the dust particles. Once that is done, the blades of the AC condenser fan should be wiped whereas the mesh of the condenser can be cleaned with pressurized air and sprayed with water or cleaned properly with a cloth. One must take care not to mess around with the other circuits around these parts in the engine bay.

Sanitize it

And lastly, have a box of tissues and wet wipes along with a hand sanitizer in the car as it can come in handy when you are travelling alone or with family, children and friends. All the personal habits that you have been following at your home to prevent spread of coronavirus, should also be practised in the cabin. Simple things like washing of hands before entering the car and after leaving the car, wiping of the steering wheel and gear lever with a wet wipe and also regularly sanitizing your hands is highly advisable.

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