- Pull car into workspace, crack or lower all windows, this is to prevent you from locking yourself out. Also, if the vehicle has tinted windows this allows for more light to enter cabin.
- Open all doors, trunk and hood (we call this the butterfly)
- Using compressed air, blow all major debris from vehicle, assuming it is free of large trash and stuff. Blow everything out the open doors, blowing under the seats and in between them. Also blow out air vents and back shelf (sedan) blow out all door pockets and cubbies.
- Lightly vacuum all leftover debris quickly, you will be getting in and out as we go so no need for perfection.
- Starting at one corner (Exa. DR side) start your carpet and upholstery cleaning. Spray your pretreating agent on carpet and seats and make your way around the vehicle just spraying.
- Once you are back to your starting point agitate the pre-treater on the surfaces. Go around the vehicle again
- If using an extractor start your extraction process for all fabrics.
- If not using extractor, spray your carpet cleaner on the surface and agitate with a brush. Using a microfiber towel wipe and scrub all areas sprayed.
- If using a steamer, you may start scrubbing all fabrics.
- Once fabric is completed. Using your interior cleaner of choice and assortment of brushes and towel start on one corner again and work your way around working in quarters on all plastics leather and vinyl surfaces, door panels, dash, center console and sill plate and kick panels.
- Spray product on and scrub with appropriate scrubber, then using air and towel dry and remove excess cleaner from surface.
- Using a towel dunked in ONR 256:1 wrung out, wipe down the visors and headliner fabric, this will help clean and remove grime without staining or damaging fabric.
- Spray and wipe on interior dressing of choice or leather conditioner on seats.
- Roll windows up but then lower about ¼ of an inch for ventilation, clean interior glass.
- Final Vacuum, taking care to move seats forward and back and getting into all crevices, may need compressed air to help.
- If finished with vehicle I recommend turning on the HVAC to the floor to help dry the carpets or parking car in the sun (in Butterfly mode)
- If dressing the engine, you may do this during step 3, spray on a water-based dressing on all plastics and rubber under hood and let dwell.
- Using a Shop-Vac or Extractor, suck all remaining water out of floor mats and let hang or lie them in the sun. Do not replace in vehicle unless main carpet is dry.
Detailing Interior Standard Operating Procedure
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