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How Often Should you Vacuum Your Car?

Published by: Katherine Frame

How Often Should you Vacuum Your Car

We are all obsessed with our cars, and who wants to roam around in a dirty car, right? Imagine moving around in your car while it is full of dust on the outside, and a lot of wrappers on the inside. Doesn’t sound like a pleasant sight for the eyes. On the other hand, you don’t want to ruin your car by washing it incorrectly.

In this guide, we will answer how often you should vacuum your car and all the car washing-related questions that may be popping in your head. 

What you’ll Need to Clean your Car’s Interior

Everyone has a cleaning routine for their homes, and for anything and everything they own. We are sure that you will always be ready with your pipe and your cloth, each time you find even a little bit of dust on the outer surface of your car. 

However, a lot of us fail to clean our cars from the inside. Imagine the crumbs of food that you ate and the mud that must’ve hopped in with your shoes, just lying around inside your car. 

All of that and so many other aspects contribute to making your car’s interiors look grimy, and if you’re wondering what things you’ll be needing to get that perfect shine without damaging anything in the car, then the answer is pretty simple. All you need is isopropyl alcohol, a vacuum cleaner, soap, and disinfecting wipes. Do not forget to use a microfiber cloth wherever necessary because this particular fabric is made as such that it won’t damage the interiors of your car. 

Door Jambs: How to vacuum them?

First things first, let’s take a look at how you can clean your car’s door jambs.

The door Jamb is basically the area of your car where the car’s door gets attached to the car’s body. It is the car’s first part which you take a look at, as soon as you enter the car. Hence, you should make it a point to keep your door jambs clean.

Use a vacuum cleaner to suck in all of that dirt and dust that has been stuck to your car’s door jambs. Then, you can simply rub any sort of mild polish on the door jamb by using any cotton cloth.

Once done, you’ll see how your door jambs look shiny and bright. You can also add oils on the door jambs to ensure that the area does not get too dry. 

How to get clean and shiny car seats?

It is vital for you to clean your car seats. Before you move ahead and wash them away, do not forget that a lot of dirt builds upon our car seats as well.

Use a vacuum cleaner to quickly suck all of that dust and then if you have cloth seats, get your hands on a spray cleaner along with a good scrub brush and get working. 

On the other hand, if you have vinyl or leather seats, grab a leather cleaner in the form of a lotion and use it to clean the seats after you vacuum them. 

How often should you clean the interiors of your car?

In order to ensure that the interiors of your car always sparkle and shine, you should make it a point to clean it once every month. However, if you feel like the crumbles of your snacks or pet hair make an appearance in your car quite often, then you should consider cleaning the interiors of your car twice a month. 

One tip that we have for you is that don’t forget to take out all your belongings and empty the car before you start cleaning it. Also, a lot of people make the rookie mistake of vacuuming the car’s carpets first. Doing this will only create a hassle for you, as the dust will end up going here and there when you clean other parts such as the car seats.

Therefore, you should always vacuum areas such as the door panels, dashboard, and your car’s console, and then move towards vacuuming the carpets in the end. 

How to work your way with vinyl 

In order to get rid of all of that dirt and dust off your car’s doors and dashboard, your first move should be to wipe the vinyl with a cotton cloth. Then, spray some vinyl cleaner on the cloth and start wiping the surface down.

Do not forget to use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess. Make it a point to skip the steering wheel at this point, because the vinyl cleaner can make it hard for you to hold the steering wheel, as it gets slippery. 

Also, do not skip the part where you declutter and then vacuum the pockets of the car’s door. 

How to wash the windows of your car 

You might have noticed that whenever you roll your windows down, dirt and dust pile up on the top and on the edges of the window. You should make it a point to clean the mirrors, windshield, and the windows of your car by wiping them with a damp cloth or by using a cleaning spray with the cloth.

Club soda also works effectively when it comes to cleaning the windshield as well as the windows of your car. 

Moving towards cleaning the car’s floors 

Last but definitely not least, you need to ensure that the car’s floors are shiny and clean. First things first, remove the mats and make sure to push all the seats forward.

We’re doing this because a lot of junk hides behind the seats and we want to get it all out. Then, vacuum the mats as well as the car’s carpet to ensure that you get rid of all of that dust and dirt. Then, you can also get the vacuum cleaner inside the car and just run it through the floor to clean it properly and eliminate any sort of junk. 


It can be a risky task to clean the interiors of your car. You should always ensure that all the products and tools that you are using to clean the interiors are of superior quality and the cloth is made using microfiber so that it does not damage your car in any way.

Just follow the tricks and steps that we’ve provided above and we’re sure that you’ll be good to go. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it safe for me to use a vacuum cleaner to clean the interiors of my car?

A vacuum cleaner’s job is to get rid of dirt and dust and hence, it only ensures that it sucks the dust from all the parts of your car. It is totally safe for you to use a vacuum cleaner, but don’t forget to wipe the car and clean it using a cloth because a vacuum cleaner only takes care of the dirt and dust.

How many times in a month should I clean the interiors of my car?

It is suggested that you should clean the interiors of your car twice a month in order to ensure that it stays fresh, hygienic and shiny at all times.

Vacuuming the car or washing it: what comes first?

Before you go on to wash any part of your car’s interior, you need to use a vacuum cleaner to ensure that you eliminate the dirt and dust that has been building up inside the car.

Do I have to buy a specific vacuum cleaner to clean my car’s interiors?

There is no such thing as a special vacuum cleaner made to clean your car. Hence, you don’t need to buy a separate vacuum cleaner to do the job. The one you use at home can be used to clean your car’s interiors.

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Katherine Frame

Katherine Frame is a professional writer and reviewer who worked in higher education for eight years before working on The Hardware Hub. She has written for multiple home magazines and blogs.

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