How Interior Car Detailing Works

Learn what techniques do into interior car detailing and why they are so affective

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is a widely employed method in the detailing industry due to its versatility and effectiveness in cleaning various surfaces within a vehicle. It utilizes pressurized steam to remove dirt, stains, and bacteria to achieve exceptional cleaning results.


Steam cleaning is particularly suitable for surfaces like carpets, upholstery, floor mats, dashboards, and doors. The high-temperature steam penetrates deep into the fibers of carpets and upholstery, effectively loosening and breaking down embedded dirt and stains. It also helps eliminate odors, leaving the surfaces refreshed.


 For dashboards and doors, steam cleaning effectively removes accumulated dust, fingerprints, and sticky residues, leaving them clean and free of smudges.The heat of the steam also aids in killing bacteria and sanitizing surfaces, making it a valuable technique for improving the overall hygiene of the vehicle’s interior.


Carpet & Upholstery Extracting

Interior Carpet Extracting

Carpet extraction is a crucial technique utilized by detailers to achieve a deep and thorough cleaning of vehicle carpets and upholstery. It involves the use of a specialized machine that sprays a mixture of hot water and cleaning solution onto the carpet, agitates the fibers, and then extracts the solution along with dirt, stains, and contaminants.


Detailers rely on carpet extracting because it provides an effective solution for heavily soiled carpets that regular vacuuming alone cannot address. An extractor is like a vacuum that shoots water out first then sucks it up. This loosen and moisturizes stains making them easier to remove. By reaching deep into the carpet fibers, the extraction process helps to loosen and lift embedded dirt particles, ensuring a comprehensive clean.


The application of hot water in the extraction process aids in breaking down stubborn stains. The simultaneous spraying and extraction action of the machine ensures minimal water saturation, resulting in quicker drying times. One of the primary benefits of carpet extracting is its effectiveness in removing tough stains, such as spills, food residue, or pet accidents, resulting in noticeably refreshed and revitalized carpets and surfaces.

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Deep Interior Vacuuming

Interior Vacuuming

When detailing a cars interior one of the most important steps is vacuuming. Although it sound simple and obvious, vacuuming an interior thoroughly isn’t as easy and glamorous as it seems. In order to truly vacuum hard to reach areas in a vehicle, detailers must use special attachments to get into cracks and crevices. Long handle and brush handle vacuum attachments are the two most common when it comes to detailing. Long handle attachments allow detailers to reach in between seats and deep under seats where lots of hidden, stubborn dirt lies. Experienced detailers remove seats from vehicles allowing them to vacuum every spec of dirt and debris from vehicles. 


On top of this, long handle vacuum attachments make vacuuming the seats themselves much easier. The every day car cleaner may vacuum their car once in a while however if they don’t have the right vacuum equipment or technique, they won’t reach the hard to find city areas of their vehicle that usually have the most dirt. Long tube gallon vacuums are great for car detailing because they allow for much better mobility and access. These can be found at your local store such as Home Depot

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Air Pressure Cleaning
Interior Air Pressure Cleaning

Air pressure cleaning is a commonly utilized technique in the detailing industry for effectively removing dirt, dust, debris, and other contaminants from hard-to-reach areas of a vehicle. Air pressure cleaning is usually done before anything else to loosen and move dirt and debris into areas that are easily accessible. It involves using compressed air to blow away particles from surfaces, crevices, vents, and intricate areas where traditional cleaning methods may fall short. Detailers rely on air pressure cleaning because it offers a quick and efficient solution for removing loose debris without the need for physical contact. This technique is particularly useful for cleaning areas such as air door panels, engine compartments, seats and other interior components.


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Interior Carpet Cleaning

When it comes to carpet and upholstery cleaning cleaning, detailers employ various methods depending on the specific circumstances and level of cleaning required.For example leather seats are generally easier to clean than cloth because they are less absorbent.  Detailers use steam cleaning, extracting, agitation brushing or any other common methods to treat carpet and upholstery. More often than not detailers will combine multiple methods to clean a surface such as a cloth or fabric seat. Agitation brushing can be done manually or using a drill brush attachment, which provides added power and efficiency. This method is effective in dislodging embedded dirt and debris from carpets and upholstery, enhancing the overall cleaning process. It is very common to break up stains on carpet and upholstery using a steamer then follow up with agitation brushing and extracting. By doing this detailers loosen stains, break them down and then suck them up out of the surface.

Spot Cleaning

Interior Carpet Cleaning Shampoo

Spot cleaning in car detailing refers to the targeted treatment of specific stains, spills, or blemishes on various surfaces within the vehicle’s interior. It is a precise and focused approach to address localized issues without performing a full-scale cleaning. When encountering stains on upholstery, such as fabric or leather seats, the headliner, or the dashboard, spot cleaning involves using specialized cleaners or spot removers designed to break down and lift the particular type of stain effectively. The process typically begins by identifying the stain’s nature and choosing the appropriate cleaning solution to ensure the best results without causing damage to the material. Careful attention is paid to avoid oversaturating the area, especially when dealing with sensitive materials like the headliner. Utilizing a soft cloth or a gentle brush, the cleaner is applied sparingly, and the stain is gently dabbed or lifted away, leaving the surface refreshed and free from unsightly marks. Spot cleaning plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall cleanliness and aesthetics of the car interior, ensuring that specific problem areas are promptly addressed, ultimately contributing to a meticulously detailed and visually appealing vehicle interior.