With the headliner and visors now clean, skip the glass for now and move onto the dashboard and door panels. We do this slightly out-of-order because if you get any cleaner over spray onto the inside windshield or windows, you can then address it by cleaning the glass afterward. This way you are not wiping down the glass twice, thus saving some time during the detailing process.
Before cleaning the dashboard, now is the time to use forced air from the the Handheld Mini Air Cannon or Interior Cleaning Gun to blow the top of the dashboard and air vents to remove any heavy dust build-up, then blow dust out of the center console, seat crevices, and underneath the seats. This way any excess debris is down onto the carpeted areas in easy to reach areas for one quick final vacuum at the end of the cleaning process. Now is a perfect time to use the delicate fibers of the Large or Small Interior Detailing Brush to clean the gauge cluster and instrument panel screens as well.
If the dashboard, door panels, and other areas have some dust build-up or a light amount of dirt, Adam’s Interior Detailer with Microban® is the fastest and most efficient way to clean and protect these areas in one step. The Microban® technology also fights to keep bacteria and other microbes off of these surfaces even after you’re done cleaning them. Interior Detailer with Microban® is an excellent choice for wiping down the steering wheel, steering column, turn signal and wiper levers, gear shifter, door handles, and switches - all high-traffic areas that you want to keep free of germs and bacteria.
For a deep cleaning of the dashboard to remove heavier dirt, Adam’s Leather & Interior Cleaner is a powerful cleaner that can cut through any previous dressings to get down to the bare dashboard surface. It is safe for use on leather, plastic, and vinyl dashboards. For cleaning an Alcantara/suede dashboard, please see the Alcantara/Suede section below. Use Leather & Interior Cleaner with the Edgeless Utility Towel (or Interior Scrubbing Mitt for a deeper clean), then flip the Utility Towel over to wipe away any excess residue.
On door panels, Adam’s All Purpose Interior Cleaning Gel works great, since it will cling to the door panel and not drip down as easily when scrubbing with the Edgeless Utility Towel or Interior Scrubbing Mitt. To clean underneath and around door switches and handles, Adam’s Interior Detailing Swabs are perfect to get into those tight areas and can be used with Interior Detailer, Leather & Interior Cleaner, or All Purpose Interior Cleaning Gel, depending on the level of cleaning necessary.
Moving onto the center console, use the Mini Air Cannon or Interior Cleaning Gun to blast out as much dirt, dust, crumbs, etc from the console first. Adam’s Leather & Interior Cleaner can then be used here along with the Interior Detailing Swabs or Cockpit Brush to deep-clean around buttons, gear shift knob, parking brake handle, cup holders, arm rest, and any other pockets or compartments to remove the remaining dirt, dust, crumbs, and sticky residue from spills and so forth. Then use an Edgeless Utility Towel to wipe away any excess residue.
One of the last areas to clean before a final vacuum of the floor will be the leather seats. Adam’s Leather & Interior Cleaner with the Large or Mini Cockpit Brush is a great combination to deep-clean leather and take it down to a bare surface to prepare it for conditioning afterward. The Cockpit Brush works to get down into the perforations of the leather, found in many modern heated/cooled seats. Then use an Edgeless Utility Towel to wipe away the excess cleaner.
While cleaning the seat areas, make sure to clean all of the areas around the seats too. Use the Mini Air Cannon or Interior Cleaning Gun to blow debris out from underneath the seats and seat rails - move the front seats as far forward and backward as they can go to make sure that you are able to clean out the seat rail area and the tight spots in between the seats and center console. Clean the door sill kick panel areas, as well as the seat belt mounting locations, with Leather & Interior Cleaner or All Purpose Interior Cleaning Gel, since these are typically plastic and can easily become dirty and discolored over time. Finally, clean the pedals with Leather & Interior Cleaner or Interior Detailer with Microban®.Do not condition the pedals, as this could lead to a slippery feeling and accidents when driving.