Despite spending most of your time behind the wheel, keeping your car’s interior clean is often overlooked when detailing. Not anymore. Here’s our guide on how to keep your car’s interior clean.
It’s an often unspoken and overlooked truth of ownership that cleaning the car’s interior is quite important. Yes, you might spend all day cleaning and detailing the exterior, and you might have all the right products and equipment and techniques to achieve a show-winning finish, but surely that’s all fundamentally pointless if you’re then climbing into a dusty and sticky cabin that’s full of Kit-Kat wrappers and discarded car park tickets?
In the same way that giving your living room a top-to-toe spruce up can markedly improve your mood and mental wellbeing, so it is with the cockpit of your pride-and-joy. After all, the car interior is the only bit you can see when you’re driving it, and surely you want all of the controls and surfaces to be tidy and clean to the touch. No-one wants to be driving about in a gummy waste paper basket.
As you can see in the video below, this state of affairs isn’t solely confined to unkempt and unloved old shopper hatchbacks; even premium and high-end cars can start to look a bit shabby if you allow the mud and stray hairs to collect unchecked, and the transformation of this Porsche Taycan speaks for itself.
It’s plainly evident that this isn’t a neglected car, simply one that’s succumbed to the everyday wear and tear of any other car out there, so we’re showcasing here how easy it is to keep on top of this ongoing situation with Gtechniq’s easy-to-use and highly effective formulae. Sitting at the core of the range are these four products that everybody needs in their detailing arsenal.
Car interior cleaning steps
How to clean your car’s interior – Gtechniq detailing products
When you clean the interior of your car, it’s not just about making it look clean: it’s about making sure it’s actually clean, microbially-speaking, and this product allows you to achieve just that. It’s formulated to kill 99.9% of bacteria, and you know what bacteria do: they make things smell weird and they spread germs. So it’s cutting off grimness at the source, and the formula also tackles existing smells to absorb them, while eliminating tacky residues. This is an all-surface cleaner that’s easy to use: with gloves on, you simply spray it onto a damp microfibre cloth, wipe surfaces to agitate the dirt, then wipe it off with a clean and dry cloth. So simple.
I1 Smart Fabric
The second product in our guide to how to clean your car interior is I1 Smart Fabric. This is a properly clever product, as it offers real protection as well as cleaning, and that protection is extremely long-lasting. The breathable and durable solution makes ordinary fabrics waterproof without changing the way that they feel, and it’s colour-safe too.
Not only is the protection effective and long-lasting, it’s also one you can use to impress your mates – take two floor mats, treat one of them with I1 Smart Fabric, then treat both to a good soaking. The untreated mat will soak the water up, while it’ll just run straight off the other. So your fabrics’ beading can match that of your paintwork.
C6 Matt Dash
Your dash is probably filthy, isn’t it? Don’t worry, they all do that, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Dirt gathers in the nooks and crannies, dust covers the dials and screens, it’s just what happens. And Matt Dash is the answer. A non-abrasive spray-on product, it’s specifically designed for the vinyl, plastics and rubberised finishes that make up your dashboard and doorcards; it doesn’t affect the gloss of your car’s trim and leaves a natural feel, and the formula also includes Biocote® antimicrobial technology, killing 99.9% of bacteria. In addition, Matt Dash offers UV protection, to stave off the damaging effects of the sun’s rays.
L1 Leather Guard
Leather can take a bit of looking after; we’ve all seen the effects of age on the leather interiors of older cars and while giving them a good feed is said to help, that’s actually a bit of a myth as modern automotive leathers use synthetic fat liquors which don’t evaporate – so any product that’s designed to feed leather won’t be absorbed by modern hides, but instead remain on the surface attracting dirt. And it’s better to slow down the decline before it can really start with some proper protection. Gtechniq’s Leather Guard is a product which offers outstanding protection against abrasion damage, UV rays, dye transfer and other discolouration, as well as boasting BioCote® antimicrobial technology. Friction protection is particularly important on seat bolsters, piping and other high wear areas, and the anti-stain function protects light-coloured leathers from being stained by dark-coloured fabrics like jeans.
And that’s how your clean your car interior. For further detailing guides, check out our video on how to decontaminate wash your car.