Some say that the cleanliness of one’s automobile reflects the state of their own personal hygiene. While the validity of this statement could certainly be challenged, it is certain that a dirty vehicle interior is unsightly. Left unattended, it may also be detrimental to the resale value of your vehicle.
In the case of the automobile interior, the easiest places to get dirty often prove to be the most aggravating to clean. The recessed areas in cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets seem to attract crumbs and dust that can make the interior of your ride look (and smell) old and worn out.
The easiest way to handle the problems that arise from a filthy passenger compartment is to have your vehicle professionally detailed. Unfortunately, this can be expensive and inconvenient. The good news is that you can use the same methods that the pros use to remove dirt and crumbs from your vehicle cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets.
Here are a few of the most common tips for making your cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets look cleaner and fresher.
A great way to remove crumbs and dust from cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets is by using tack paper or tack wipes. Tack wipes are much like paper towels except they are sticky and lint free. They are primarily used to remove dust and debris from metal surfaces before painting but they work great for attracting crumbs and dust that can accumulate in the recessed areas of cup holders, storage compartments, and door pockets.
If you have problems fitting your hands and fingers into tight areas, gently wrap the tack wipe around the eraser end of a pencil and lightly swab out the recessed areas. Any crumbs and dust should be attracted to the tack wipe which will be discarded after use.
Powerful cleaning compounds are great at breaking down grease and grime but they may harm the sensitive surfaces inside of drink holder wells, storage compartments, and door pockets. These areas may be treated with paints and dies that can be faded or even removed completely if the wrong kind of chemical cleaners are used.
Avoid spray cleaners unless specifically recommended to clean interior surfaces (in your vehicle) and use mild soap and water if necessary. Of course, you never want to pour (or spray) water or soap inside your automobile. Instead, use a cloth or sponge and wring it out thoroughly prior to wiping inside the recessed areas of cup holders, storage compartments, and door pockets.
After using mild soap and water to clean interior surfaces, rinse to cloth or sponge out and use it to remove any excess soap and water from the recessed areas of cup holders, storage compartments, and door pockets.
Regular maintenance of cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets may be performed with a vacuum cleaner or compressed air. Use an open-ended blade attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck the crumbs and dust from recessed areas. If you have access to compressed air, just blow the crumbs and debris from cup holders, storage compartments, and door panel pockets. The small cans of compressed air that are often used to clean computer keyboards can also work for light maintenance. Always use eye protection when working with compressed air.
Whether your cup holders, storage compartments, or door panel pockets are beyond cleaning or you are just ready for an upgrade, great looking inserts from CupHolderHero can give your interior a quality feel and a unique appearance while making them easier to clean next time around!