Quick Tips for Cleaning the Interior of a Vehicle

June 28, 2019

Quick Tips for Cleaning the Interior of a Vehicle

Easily Clean the Interior of your Vehicle with Powerizer Complete

The second largest investment after your home easily could be your car.   Having a dirty ride is no different than sporting a dingy pair of sneakers to a playoff game.  Everyone sees them, and a dirty car can easily portray an unkempt man or woman. Pamper your baby, after all; it takes you everywhere you need to go.

Before converting to Powerizer Complete, which cleans everything dirty and can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner, most of us were accustomed to purchasing a handful of products to get the job done.  Cleaning your car is no different.  To obtain and maintain a clean vehicle, Powerizer will replace a Car Wash Membership, Rim Shine, Upholstery, Carpet, Glass and Vinyl Surface Cleaners.  All these items add up to be a small fortune and could take up valuable space in your trunk.  Who has room for all that stuff or wants to continue spending money on things you don’t need?

Powerizer is all you need to clean the interior of your car, making it easy to focus on the three (3) surfaces that require routine cleaning.  Let’s explore them and see how easy it is to clean all of them with one (1) product:

    The First Step is to gather your cleaning tools. Here is what you will need:

    1. Powerizer Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloth for washing and a few dry cloths for polishing
    2. Hand-sized dish scrubber, or skinny hairbrush
    3. Shower curtain or trash bag to cover seats
    4. Bucket to make cleaning solutions
    5. 16 oz. Squeeze bottle for making a Pre-Treat solution
    6. Wet/Dry Shop Vac

    Next Step is to mix your cleaning solutions.  Here are the dosages we recommend:

    Wash solution = one (1) scoop of Powerizer to (1) gallon one of water mixed in a bucket

    Pre-treat solution = one (1) scoop of Powerizer to 16 oz of water mixed in a squeeze bottle

    Before cleaning anything in your car declutter and vacuum out your vehicle and compartments. If you can find a skinny hairbrush. Use it to brush any dirt and debris out of the crevices of your carpet and underneath your seats near the railings where it’s not as easy for the vacuum to reach. Tip: They help to catch pet hair from the fibers of your carpets too.  It's small and can be stored in your glove compartment when you’re not using it.

    Cleaning Upholstered Surfaces -
    Note: We recommend cleaning the seat last since this process requires sitting on them during the entire process of cleaning the interior of the car.

    Hood Liner

    To obtain the best results, let’s discuss the technique for cleaning the hood liner.  Unless you're attempting to pre-treat a stain, we suggest cleaning the entire surface instead of just a small area of the hood liner.  Doing this will leave a visible clean versus dirty separation line.  I’m sure you have seen this if you have used a Stain Spot Remover Pen.  Instead, ALWAYS clean the entire surface thoroughly.   In this instance start by spot cleaning the sun visor and the area directly above them first.  Usually, an outline of dirt from touching the visor accumulates from the oils on your hands.  It’s also a magnet for make-up for those of us reapplying in the mirror daily.

    To Spot Clean apply the pre-treat concentrated solution to a clean Powerizer Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloth or use a squeeze bottle.  Start by blotting the surface and saturating the stain which begins to break down oils, dirt, make-up, and other messes.  Usually, the solution is so effective it merely begins to disappear before your eyes.   If you have a set-in stain, it may require more scrubbing and a little more time for the solution to work.  Scrubbing with a microfiber cloth won’t lift the fibers of the hood liner, causing them to snag the fabric.  For your last wipe down wring as much of the detergent out of the cloth, so it’s damp, the microfiber cloths are most effective when it’s slightly damp in lifting away stains.

    Finish with a rinse by using plain water to saturate the hood liner utilizing a microfiber cloth.  It absorbs seven (7) times more than its weight, which is perfect for applying and absorbing the excess water needed to rinse the hood thoroughly.  It may take 2 or 3 passes over the entire surface or use a wet vac to suck up the excess water.

    You will know the detergent has rinsed clean when the water your removing from the hood liner wrings clear.   Your seats may get soaked in the process, so if you’re not prepared to clean them immediately, place a cheap shower curtain liner or trash bag over them, so the water doesn’t fall to the seats.  Your hood liner should dry in a day or so, especially on a hot day.  NOTE: If you notice brown areas near the edges of the Hood Liner, you probably didn’t remove all the detergent from the liner.  Go back over the entire surface again with plain water this time use as many DRY microfiber cloths as necessary to remove the excess water and detergent.

    Seats

    The process for cleaning seats is similar in the fact that you must remove debris. First, pre-treat stains, wash the entire surface and rinse all the detergent from the fabric which may require two or three passes to ensure your seats dry residue free.  It’s the same as the hood liner.  Replicating the process will be simple and easy. 

    However, we want to share a little more insight about Powerizer and its role in cleaning your car seats.  Recently we had a review from a customer complaining that her floors dried gritty after moping them with Powerizer.  Powerizer is a detergent that cleans everything.  It has ingredients that dissolve and lift dirt from surfaces, whether it be grout, towels, floor or windows.   It’s all the same, oils, dirt, and debris stay suspended in the water so that they can rinse clean.  The debris doesn’t just disappear nor do the ingredients in the detergent when water evaporates from the surface of the floor. Wouldn’t that be lovely?  Instead, when using Powerizer, you must always come back and rinse with plain water.  Doing this removes residues, from your car seats, clothes, countertops, floors, windows, carpets, or whatever else you just cleaned will dry clean and attracts less dirt. 

    The common goal is the same when cleaning fabrics in your car.  If you do not apply a rinse step, it will dry with the detergent still on it; it could harden and eventually break down fibers.  Although the ingredients in our detergent are not harmful and made from plant and mineral-based ingredients, you must rinse with plain water, so dirt is not attracted to fibers, and the solution is eliminated.  No special solvents are necessary, just plain water.  When mopping your floor with ANY floor cleaner and not rinsing them will always leave a residue behind. 

    The fabrics used to upholster your car seats are usually much more durable and can withstand a little scrubbing. I would incorporate a hand-sized dish scrubber to tackle tough stains.   Apply plenty of water to rinse the seat and to help remove as much of the excess water by using a shop vac.  It brings us peace of mind knowing you don’t need special tools or spending tons of money to accomplish the task of cleaning your car.  Cleaning the inside of your vehicle can be done in your driveway where you can spend as much time as needed.  The first clean up may take more time than usual, however maintaining your car shouldn’t be a dreadful task if you're using Powerizer.



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