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VIDEO Internal car care 101

1 June 2018

Daniel Bowden profile

As well as being a motoring enthusiast and passionate car owner, Dan Bowden is the Founder of Bowden’s Own Premium Car Care. For more than 15 years, the Bowden family’s company has grown to provide a diverse range of over 30 different liquid car care products, all made locally in Australia. The Bowden’s family car collection is also regarded as one of the best car collections in the world.

Have you spilled coffee on your seat? Have the kids dropped their ice cream on the car floor? Or has your dog left fur in every nook and cranny of your car?

From cleaning your floor mats to getting that perfect finish to your dashboard, car expert and enthusiast Dan Bowden teaches us how to get your car’s interior showroom-fresh and how to protect it from future damage and stains. 

Cleaning and protecting your car’s interior

Whether you’re a car washing novice, or a car fanatic, we’ve covered all the steps.

  • Mat and deep dirt clean: Clean your floor mats thoroughly by getting into your car’s carpet to remove that deep dirt.
  • Vacuum and dust removal: Using your vacuum, get into the gaps and crevices to remove the dust and dirt.
  • Deep surface clean: Remove the grease and sweat from your surfaces, but make sure to remove the Orange Agent while it’s still wet.
  • Vinyl care: Doing the deep surface clean can leave your surfaces looking stark. Putting a finish on your surfaces will protect them and make them look great.
  • Seat cleaning – cloth:  Getting rid of stains in your seats is easier than you think with the right product.
  • Seat cleaning – leather: Many people think leather can’t get dirty, but you will be surprised what you can pull out from it.
  • Seatbelts: protect the fabric of the seat belt by using a water-based fabric cleaner.
  • Glass: Get a perfect and transparent finish by using the right technique to clean your windows.
  • Deodoriser: Don’t lose that new car smell and add a bit of deodoriser.

What you’ll need to clean your car’s interior


  • Rinsing bucket
  • Horse hair brush - for scrubbing car mats
  • Wet/Dry vacuum cleaner (removes dirt from wet areas) – consider extension lead also
  • Vacuum cleaner attachments – to remove dirt from crevices
  • Applicator pads
  • Small detailing brush for dust removal – a small paint brush will suffice
  • Supply of microfiber towels – these can be re-washed. Purchase in volume from auto-supply retailers
  • Plush Towels – deeper plush pile

Cleaning products

  • Quality all-purpose Interior Cleaner – ensure it is pH neutral balanced
  • Fabric cleaner - with no solvents or alcohol
  • Glass cleaner - with no ammonia
  • Leather care treatment – for nourishing leather
  • Leather protectant – to provide a protective coating to leather surface
  • Deodoriser spray – look for ones that ‘encapsulate’ odours

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