The interior trim of most modern vehicles is a combination of vinyl, plastic, rubber and leather.
Leather and faux leather has already been addressed so this section will only deal with vinyl, plastic and rubber trims.
Before applying any cleaning or protection products to the interior trim it is important to remove any loose dust and dirt.
Our trusty vacuum cleaner with an extension hose, soft bristle brush head and crevice tool is the primary tool for the task. If the brush’s bristles are set in a plastic head make sure the edges of the plastic are smooth so as not to scratch any trim. If in doubt, put a couple of turns of electrical tape around the plastic for added protection.
Dust off the parcel shelf, interior door trim including arm rests and door pockets, glove compartment, dashboard and any associated pockets and the top of the dash.
Sometimes areas at the base of the windscreen and the rear window can be difficult to get at. Wrapping a microfiber cloth around a ruler and securing it with a rubber band can make a useful improvised tool for these areas.
It’s worth noting that designers have dedicated many hours to incorporating an infinite number of ‘difficult to get at’ slots, cracks, seams and corners into our vehicles to frustrate the process of interior detailing. Fortunately CCC have invested their time in sourcing a couple of items that will make detailing the interior of a vehicle a little easier.