While keeping the interior of a car clean and dirt-free is advantageous to both the eyes and noses of its passengers, a clean car interior is also much better for their health, as bacteria tend to build and collect inside unclean vehicle interiors.
Automotive professionals know that cleaning an entire car thoroughly can take several hours because there are a number of steps involved in doing so. In fact, the interior of a car alone could take an auto detailing in Sri Lanka more than an hour to clean. Every vehicle’s interior is made from different materials – ranging from fabric to leather – and knowing the proper methods, and using the right equipment and products is very important to help maintain it in the long run.
Leather should be handled with care
Auto detailing experts in Sri Lanka always say that a car’s leather interior should always be treated with the same care one would give his or her own skin. While it’s common knowledge that leather must be conditioned on a regular basis to protect against aging and cracking, auto detailing professionals go the extra step by understanding that vacuuming and a complete cleansing must come first before introducing a conditioning product.
Over the course of time, leather is more susceptible to the effects of environmental damage that is caused by dirt, oil and the sun’s UV rays. Here are three key steps auto detailing professionals will follow when cleaning leather of vehicle interiors:
- To use a microfiber cloth, along with a commercial cleaning solution to carefully wipe down all of the vehicle’s seats.
- To use a soft-bristle brush and a trusty cleaning solution to brush the seats meticulously to make sure that all of the dirt, dust, and grime comes to the surface of the leather.
- To wipe the seats down with a dry, clean microfiber cloth. Once this is done, the cloth is usually full of the dirt and residue that has accumulated on the leather.
Once cleansed, the leather is then conditioned. Leather conditioners are used to keep the material soft and pliable, protecting it from signs of aging and cracking for years to come. Thereafter, a pH neutral conditioner is applied to the car’s seats using a fresh microfiber sponge. It’s then let it sit and absorb for an hour – usually in a dark environment. After the conditioner has soaked into the leather, auto body experts will buff the seats with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion.
Auto detailing experts don’t use lotion-based products on perforated leather as it can get stuck in the holes of the leather.
Cleaning and removing stains from fabric seats
Auto detailing professionals in Sri Lanka know that while cleaning leather seats can take a long time, cleaning fabric interiors can be a little more challenging as it requires more manual labour. This is chiefly because the fabric is more prone to visible stains than leather, and normally, such stains are hard to remove.
Of course, no matter the material of a vehicle’s interior, auto body experts will always vacuum before they begin cleansing the interior of the vehicle. If there are stains on the seats, they will use an upholstery cleaning agent to remove them.
After spraying a reliable cleaning product directly onto the stains, auto body pros will scrub them out intensely, wiping the product off with a soft cloth once the stains have been removed. Next, they will clean the rest of the fabric seats using the same product as well as a soft cloth. When all of the car’s fabric has been cleaned, the seats will be wiped down with a dry cloth and allowed to air dry.