Seriously… What’s the Point?
Believe me, I get it. Life is hectic. You’ve got a million things on your plate. Learning how to clean your dashboard probably ranks near the bottom of your to-do list. Right?
Yet, it’s the first thing you notice when you get in your vehicle. What’s more, a properly maintained dash increases your car’s resale value. Nobody likes a cracked dashboard and filthy interior. Luckily, you can easily avoid this with a little care.
A clean dash is healthier, too. Just take a look at all the dust lingering there. Do you really want any of that getting in your lungs? Dirt looks terrible on your dash, but it’s even worse in your lungs.
Before You Dive In…
First things first. Consult your owner’s manual. Find out which cleaners are approved for your automobile’s components and which ones to avoid. You don’t want a new stain smack dab in the middle of your vehicle’s dash.
When it comes to permanent damage, better safe than sorry. So, test each of the interior materials you plan on using in a discreet place to see how they affect your car’s appearance. If you like what you see, prepare your car for cleaning.
Before starting, remove all personal items and papers from the dashboard area. You need a clear space to work. You also want to avoid dousing important papers in water or interior cleaner.
How to Clean Your Dashboard
Auto supply stores offer countless interior cleaning products. But you don’t have to break the bank to get a clean dash. In fact, you probably have many of the items necessary to make it spick-and-span.
I’ve included optional tools below as well as affordable hacks. Here’s what you’ll need:
- two to three soft microfiber cloths
- bowl for water
- gentle soap
- interior cleaner
- vacuum (optional)
- vent and dash brushes
- fine paintbrush (optional)
- dashboard polish or olive oil
- chewing gum remover or dry ice (optional)
Alright, you’ve got the items you need. Now, it’s time to dive into how to clean your dashboard.
The Initial Wipe Down
Start with a microfiber cloth and a bowl filled with soapy water. This method captures particles while minimizing dirt scatter. Dip the microfiber cloth in the soapy water and wring it out carefully to remove excess water. You don’t want to drip water all over the interior of your vehicle.
With the moist cloth, gently wipe down your dashboard and center console. This will allow you to pick up heavier dirt pieces without introducing any of them back into the air.
Remember to work from top to bottom. Avoid cleaning above an area that you just finished. Otherwise, dirt from the work area above will settle below. Then, you’ll have to re-clean those lower areas. Rinse and repeat this process until your dash appears clean.
For an extra fresh look and smell, add a small amount of essential oil to the soapy water. This will add the hint of a natural scent to your car, without chemicals or overpowering odors. We
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