Keep Germs From Spreading In Your Car This Winter With An Interior DetailJuly 22, 2018
It is easy to believe that since your car is clean, you are free from all the germs and bacteria that can be found on most public spaces. This is in fact a very wrong assumption and research has shown that parts of your car, the steering wheel for instance, could average about 700 potentially harmful bacteria per square inch! All these pathogens get into your car using the normal, day to day activities of an ordinary day, such as shaking hands and interacting with public spaces such as the office restroom or even a restaurant chair.
These germs are mainly responsible for the passing of colds and any blockages that are triggered by allergens. They can be anywhere in your car, but mostly found in the areas that are mostly used, such as the steering wheel, car mats and carpeting, the air conditioning vents, and in between the seats. The steering wheel is rather obvious, since that is the one place you are bound to hold after a day of activity outside the car. The mats collect these germs and allergens from shoes while seats are perfect for growing bacteria on food crumbs that fall in the crevices. This is why undertaking an interior detailing at least twice a year is important. Here is how to take care of the bacteria and pathogens in your car this winter:
This is usually the first step in cleaning the car’s interior. The vacuuming process will utilise an extension hose and several attachments to make sure every reachable nook and cranny is covered. The ideal vacuuming process begins from the top and works its way down, so that all the debris and particles that are dislodged and fall to the bottom of the car are also cleaned up.
The vacuum nozzle is used to clean the headliners, the seats, and all other upholstered areas of the car such as the rear shelf. It is also used to clean the boot and cargo area; the spare tyre is also removed so that this part of the boot can also be vacuumed. Floor mats are removed so they can be cleaned separately, while the area under the floor mats is vacuumed.
The crevice tool is used to clean all the tight, hard to reach areas such as the visors and seat pockets. Other hard material areas such as the plastic, hard vinyl, and dashboard components are cleaned using the dusting brush since the hard-vacuum nozzles are likely to scratch them. An air compressor is then used on the hard to reach dashboard areas to blow out dust and allergens.
Any detailer worth their salt will have a variety of products to help with cleaning the interior of the car. It is important to note that the interior is a sensitive space, and using the wrong type of product could result in discolouration and staining which is not a good look. This is why you should always use a reputable detailer who will take the proper care of your vehicle.
One of the problem areas in car interiors is always the carpet and cloth upholstery. This is where allergens and germs love to latch on. If not effectively cleaned, these pile up and make the inside of your car an allergy triggering cesspool. The best way to clean your carpets is by using a steam cleaner. Should a steam cleaner not be available, a general spray-on carpet cleaner is used together with a stiff bristled brush. The cloth areas of your car are best cleaned with a soft brush and an upholstery cleaner, including on the rear shelf and safety belts.
The leather upholstery is cleaned with leather soap, leather cleaner, and saddle soap. These are rubbed on the leather with a damp cloth to reach all the parts. A glass cleaner is then used on all the mirrors and the inside of all the windows to remove any dirt and grime. All the hard surfaces such as your dashboard, rubber door mouldings and cubby holes are cleaned with an all-purpose household clean and a damp cloth. An air compressor is used to clean tight areas such as the vents, the panel seams and the dash buttons. It is also used to clean out the ashtray and the glove compartment as well.
These are the final touches to your interior to make sure everything is in tip top shape. A specialised conditioner is used on the leather parts to leave them supple and plaint, and keep it from drying out. A second vacuuming is undertaken to remove any dirt that could have dislodged and fallen in the car during the cleaning process. A perfuming will then be done to remove any noticeable smells that could be in the car, leaving it feeling fresh.