As temperatures dip with winter’s onset, Park Place Infiniti offers some change-of-season advice to protect vehicle interiors from the summer’s worth of dust and debris that could blow in when the heater comes on.
“Of course, the easiest and most thorough way to a sparkling interior is to take the vehicle into a dealership and let trained professionals, like the experts at Park Place Infiniti, who have specialized tools and knowledge, give it a thorough cleaning and detailing,” said Omero Torres, Park Place Infiniti Service Technician Team Lead, from the dealership at 5605 W. Sahara Ave. “But for car owners who prefer to do it themselves, most professionals follow these steps to make the job more manageable.”
To begin, grab a garbage bag and clean out any trash. Whether it’s candy wrappers, bottles or fast-food containers, chances are good you have an abundance of stuff that can be thrown out. Be sure to bring along a separate bag for recyclables. It’s also a good time to make sure you have your current registration, insurance and owner’s manuals. Working from front to back can be beneficial, and don’t forget the trunk.
Next, wipe down all interior surfaces to remove accumulated dirt, dust and stains. The dashboard, armrests, doorjambs, windows, handles, knobs and buttons should be wiped with proper cleaning products recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Don’t forget about cup holders, map pockets, cubbies, glove boxes and rear cargo storage areas.
Be conscious of universal serial bus and auxiliary ports, to avoid getting cleaners or water into them. Use soft cloth (never paper) and factory-recommended cleaners when wiping touch screens and other displays to avoid scratching or damaging them.
If you have leather seats, use a cleaner especially designed for leather. If not, use a product recommended for cloth upholstery or use a damp cloth to avoid using large quantities of water and prevent wetting the seat padding. Take any floor mats out of the vehicle, shake them and, if they are rubber, rinse them with a hose. Avoid using products that could harm the vehicle’s interior. When in doubt, seek help.
Suck it up
Once the surfaces are clean, it’s time to vacuum. Home and shop vacuum cleaners, which often have attachments for hard-to-reach areas, are effective. Remember to get under, alongside and between seats, and the trunk or cargo areas, too. Next, vacuum carpeted floor mats. If the carpet or carpeted mats have stains, ask a dealer to recommend a cleaner that won’t harm the carpet material.
Once the interior is clean, an exterior wash will leave the vehicle feeling good as new.
“A clean car is a simple pleasure, and with the colder months ahead, it’s important to keep it that way,” Torres said.
“If you carry lots of stuff that is hard to keep organized and tidy, it may be time to look into the cargo management items available for your make and model at your dealership. With all of the high-tech equipment built into today’s models, it’s frequently the simple things that get overlooked.”
Park Place Dealerships, founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer, represent luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati, Lotus and smart. In June 2012, Park Place bought the Infiniti dealership in Las Vegas. For more information, visit, www.parkplaceinfiniti.com.