Step 3: Empty cup holders and compartments
These can be some of the dirtiest areas of your car’s interior and often the most neglected. We’ve all been there, you’ve picked up a coffee to go at the weekend and left the cup in there, or you’ve demolished a banana for breakfast during the early-morning commute and left the peel in there.
These compartments can often be sticky or full of dust and dirt. Start by removing all left-over rubbish and larger items. If you have a suitable attachment, hoover any remaining grit that you may find in the nooks and crannies of these compartments before tackling them with a suitable cleaning product and cloth.
To keep your cupholders looking brand new, consider lining them with a material or additional fitting that adds additional protection.
Step 4: Polish your dashboard
Dashboards are prone to collecting dirt and dust simply through everyday use. Be it fingerprint marks or stains, it is important to clean them regularly if you want to maintain that clean and new-look finish.
There are several dashboard cleaning products on the market, but if you don’t have any to hand, wiping them down with a slightly wet cloth will do a great job.
As best you can, avoid spraying into any electricals or vents to avoid any internal damage. When polishing the dashboard, ensure that you do not polish the steering wheel, gear stick or pedals, to avoid them becoming slippery while driving.
Step 5: Clean the steering wheel
Now that you have cleaned your dash, turn your attention to the steering wheel - perhaps one of the dirtiest aspects of your car. While on face value, they may not appear to be that dirty - a previous study from the Queen Mary University in London, which featured in the Mail On Sunday, stated that steering wheels can have nine times more dirt than your average public toilet.
In times like these, we know the importance of washing our hands. With our steering wheels requiring so much hands-on contact, it is important to clean them regularly. How you clean your steering wheel will depend on the type of wheel your car has, as you will want to take extra care with leather.
To avoid stripping colour from a leather wheel, use a leather cleaning spray and a microfiber cloth. Work your hands around the wheel, twisting as you go to ensure you cover all angles before wiping down with a dry cloth.
For plastic wheels, soap and water will do the job. Simply use the same techniques as above and dry the wheel down with a separate cloth. Avoid spraying cleaning products directly onto the wheels to protect any electrical equipment underneath.