Cleaning your car might take more than an hour if you really want to get rid of all the dirt, dust, grime, and grease that have made their home in every square inch of your vehicle. Some car owners loathe spending that much time doing this dirty job. However, they have no choice but to clean the car on their own. Calling the professionals in for help is not included in their weekly budget. Hence, learning how to vacuum your car like a pro comes in handy. Plus, it only takes a few simple steps.
Invest in the Right Vacuum Cleaner
The first and probably most important of the interior detailing tools out there is a car vacuum cleaner. You need to invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner that comes with an array of wands, hoses, brushes, and other attachments. These will help you get to the farthest and tightest spots in your car interior. If you are more serious about DIY detailing, getting an upholstery tool might also be a good idea.
When choosing your vacuuming machine, you also need to consider its voltage. The higher the number of watts, the more powerful it usually is. Ideally, we recommend that you find and buy one that has more than 450 W. Thus, you can be sure it will be efficient at cleaning your car’s upholstery and carpets.
Another factor to consider is the type of the vacuum cleaner. More specifically, look at what it is equipped with in terms of its waste collection system. Does the vacuum work with water, a bag, or a dust collector? Given the same power consumption and engine capacity, there may be differences in the suction power of your car vacuum depending on what it is equipped with.
How to Vacuum Your Car Step by Step
After washing and drying the exterior of your vehicle, you are now ready to focus your attention on the interior. Learning how to vacuum your car properly will certainly give you outstanding results in the least possible amount of time.
Vacuuming a car the right way is one of the least enjoyed car cleaning chores. Unlike waxing the exterior or cleaning the windshield, the results of a vacuuming job are hardly visible to the naked eye. However, that doesn’t mean that your vacuuming job is ineffective or worthless. It simply means that the vacuum picks up dirt that other conventional cleaning tools cannot.
Here’s what you can do to achieve pro-like results with your car vacuum cleaner:
1. Remove Large Waste
Remove large pieces of trash and debris in your car first. Don’t let the vacuum cleaner do all the work for you. Get rid of the trash from the door wells to the glove box, to the trunk. Take out important personal items such as your tablet stylus, loose change, and candies, so that they don’t get accidentally sucked into the vacuum cleaner.
2. The Floor Mats
Take out the floor mats. Shake them out and vacuum them individually. If they have not been shampooed and conditioned for a while, now is the time to do it.
3. Vacuum Away!
Attach the brush to the vacuum cleaner and work your way from top to bottom. Do the ceiling first to encourage the dirt to fall down. You can pick them up later as you move along. Don’t forget to run the vacuum over the dashboard, steering wheel, parking brake, shift lever, and vents (with the right attachments for them, of course).
4. Clean the Tricky Areas
Run the vacuum cleaner under and between the car seats, around the floor pedals, and under the console, reaching as far back into the car as you can. This is the trickiest part, and even with the front seats pushed right up against the dashboard you will not have a lot of room to maneuver the vacuum hose. Still, you have to be patient if you want to get every last bit of dirt and dust that’s been sitting inside your car.
5. The Trunk
Finally, pop the trunk and give it a good once-over with your vacuum cleaner.
Remember, you need to check your cleaning tools every now and then to ensure that they will give you the cleaning results you want. Using the tips above on how to vacuum your car will only help you this far. Make sure you also know how to maintain a vacuum cleaner as well.
If you change your mind and decide to entrust the professionals with cleaning your vehicle inside and out instead of doing it yourself, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our eco-friendly steam method and tools will give you brilliant results.
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