In the know: How often should you ‘deep clean’ your car’s interior?

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If you love cars, chances are you’ve already come across one of those TikTok detailing videos where car care professionals deep clean automotive interiors. From simple seat and dash cleaning to near-restoration level detailing, these vids are truly satisfying.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the factors to consider in deciding how often to clean your car's interior?

    According to car care professionals, cleaning your car depends on what you use it for and how often you use it.
  • What are the recommended deep clean schedules for cars?

    It’s recommended to have daily drivers deep cleaned at least once a month and weekenders about every four to six months.
  • In addition, people nowadays go to great lengths to ensure their car’s cleanliness. It’s not difficult to understand one’s fear of having harmful microorganisms and disease-spreading viruses breed inside their vehicle.

    That said, how often does a car’s interior need to be cleaned? Stick with us to find out.

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    Why do you need to clean your car’s interior?

    Before we answer that question, let’s first look at why a “deep clean” is important.

    Aside from making sure that your car’s interior is not a hotbed of disease, keeping your vehicle’s cabin clean can actually help you preserve its beauty and maximize its longevity.

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    If you have kids, snacking in your car is inevitable. Not only will a trip to Micky D allow your toddlers to replenish lost energy but it will also keep them from throwing tantrums. Unfortunately, this also means that your car will most likely suffer from soda stains and ketchup smudges.

    Over time, these will leave marks on your car’s interior. Loving fathers might see this as art but second-hand car buyers will disagree and will point out that this affects the vehicle’s resell value.

    Dog and cat lovers, on the other hand, often deal with fur. In addition, pets like Golden Retrievers or Siberian Huskies could collect dust and dirt on their coats which can then be left on your car’s seats and carpet.

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    A deep clean will make sure that your vehicle will not only look good but will also sell well.

    What the experts say

    According to car care professionals, cleaning your car depends on what you use it for and how often you use it.

    It’s recommended to have daily drivers deep cleaned at least once a month and weekenders about every four to six months.

    Doing so will ensure that stains are immediately addressed and that dust and dirt will not accumulate where they shouldn’t.

    Bottom line

    Regularly giving your car a deep clean can help protect you and your family against harmful germs and viruses. And for those who plan to sell their vehicles when their growing household asks for an upgrade, a well-maintained interior can help them get a good deal.

    Whether you take it to a detailing shop or do the deed yourself, giving your car the love it deserves can go a long way.

    Photos from Mercedes-Benz and Turtle Wax

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