Car owners typically spend hours at a time in their vehicles, which means a high degree of wear and tear on the car’s interior. This is especially true if you perform work where you get dirty and/or dusty, be it working in trades, in food service, with children, etc. Cleaning and removing stains from the car’s carpets and upholstery, as well as vacuuming up dust, dirt and food crumbs, are consequently important steps in maintaining your car’s interior.

While cleaning carpets and upholstery is a no-brainer, and owners typically clean and vacuum these areas with diligence, cleaning other fabric or porous areas is equally important. These areas include floor mats, seat belts, and liners.

What’s more, once the cleaning is done, using the proper fabric protectant is the next critical, yet oft-forgotten, step in car owners’ preventative care. When you bring home a new car, the fabrics in your car have built-in resilience against liquid and stains. However, this resistance depletes over time. If you fail to use protectant after cleaning though, this protection falls to a negligible level.

Using a fabric protectant can prevent most stains from penetrating the car’s fabric, and also helps make future cleanings much easier while ensuring effective results. For example, say you devote time to cleaning your car’s upholstery only to notice a new, unseemly stain a few short days later. If you applied protectant after cleaning, then the stain is simply resting on the surface and stain treatment will be quick and easy. If however you only cleaned the upholstery, then you’re facing a stain that has penetrated the fabric and may leave a tell-tale ring after you finally manage to get the stain out.

Another benefit of fabric protectants is financial. The protectant prevents deterioration caused by debris and environmental elements, such as UV rays, as well as mold and mildew from developing. By extension, you can avoid incurring the cost of reupholstering. Also, keeping your car’s interior in tip-top shape adds positively into the car’s trade-in or resale value, because vendors factor the cost of reupholstering in the value of your vehicle.

Finally, using a protectant keeps the germs and allergens that build up each time you touch your car’s interior at bay. Consider, for example, how often you and your passengers touch the gears, buttons and other items in your car’s interior. Now contemplate how often any of you have washed your hands before entering the vehicle. Not too often, right? Well, if you or anyone else riding with you has allergies or is sick, then your car interior could pass on allergens and trigger an allergic reaction, or otherwise compromise health.

To get your car’s interior looking great and keep it protected until its next cleaning, consider detailing your car. You can clean and protect your car yourself, but why chance creating problems by using the wrong products for your particular vehicle? Our car detailing services include an interior package, and our mobile detailers are well-versed in babying your car with the right products and techniques at the location of your choice. Contact us today to learn more.