Achieving a professional show room finish is made out to be an incredibly daunting and expensive task, a lot of times we tend to spend a small fortune on 10 different specialized cleaners just because the label looks good! Do you really believe that your local car dealer is forking out for a range of different cleaners for every different material for every used car that arrives at his garage? No, he isn’t. However, what he does have is very useful knowledge that is difficult to find on the internet because the truth is something the car cleaning industry does not want you to know and the truth is that a lot can be accomplished with a damp microfiber cloth and a single bottle of all-purpose cleaner!
Today I will be telling you how to clean a car dashboard the right way, in this day and age it is surprising how there is so little correct information available on cleaning a car dashboard I mean it is one of the easiest parts of your interior to clean and should not be over-complicated.
How To Clean A Plastic Dashboard
In my opinion I find that a classic plastic dashboard is the easiest part of a car to clean, plastic is a sturdy material so there is no wonder why it is used in a lot of vehicles but because plastic is so common, not just in our cars but in our homes some people think that simple kitchen soap will do the trick, I’m all for cheaper ways of achieving quality results but this is NOT a good idea, regular soap will strip the sheen from your plastic.
Plastic and vinyl are materials that will generate static and will also attract dust quite quickly. Unfortunately those of us with plastic dashs’ are forced to clean our dashboards’ a lot more frequently.
What You Will Need:
- A damp microfiber cloth
- A clean dry microfiber cloth
- Turtle Wax Fresh Shine- New Car
Okay, so with all the equipment here beside you, lets begin.
Step 1- Using your damp microfiber cloth (the cloth cannot be dripping wet just a bit damp is perfect) starting from one corner and working your way across, simply wipe down your dash ensuring all dust and dirt is either falling onto the floor below or just sticks to the cloth, if you feel like your cloth is getting too dirty to continue simply dip your cloth into some water, ring it out and get back to it where you left of!
Step 2- Having completed step 1 your dash is now most likely a bit wet, so now you want to grab your dry microfiber cloth and begin rub your dash until it’s dry. Please ensure that it is bone dry before proceeding to step 3.
Step 3- Grab your can of turtle wax fresh shine and holding it at least 30cm away from the dash begin to spray an even layer onto the area, I find it a very good practice to start from one corner and work section by section until the whole area is covered, this way you are assured that everywhere has been equally covered.
Step 4- Wait for 30 seconds to give the cleaner time to work into your plastic, don’t forget this cleaner has a built in air freshener that can last for a while if we use it properly.
Step 5- Using a clean, dry microfiber cloth you must now buff out the shine and marvel at your good work! Again, I recommend buffing one section at a time to ensure even coverage.
Maintaining Your New Shiny Dashboard
Although the TurtleWax cleaner works extremely well it isn’t always necessary to use it and there definitely isn’t any point in wasting your hard-earned money when you don’t need to spray it. I use my vehicle almost all day every day so obviously it does pick up dirt so what I usually do is when getting my weekly car wash I simply grab a damp cloth and wipe down my dash and interior plastic trim of any dust. This takes no more than 5 minutes but you will appreciate the result for days after.
Of course simply wiping your dash with a damp cloth doesn’t always cut it so I use TurtleWax fresh shine once a month when doing my full interior cleaning routine and my car genuinely smells like a new car (most of the time).
Sun Exposure – If You Live In A Hot Sunny Place This Is A Must
For some of us, battling dust and grime isn’t the only menace we have to face, sun exposure really can damage your plastic dashboard and really all of your plastic interior trim in a way that dust and grime does not.
If you live in a place that you are subjected to high temperatures and more importantly high UV it is very important that you take extra care of your interior as the effects of high UV exposure to your dash can cause it to crack and fade to the point that not amount of TurtleWax will be able to restore it.
A good way to combat sun exposure is to use 303 UV Protectant Spray, unfortunately at £12.99 it is a bit on the expensive side but it really is the only quality product that is widely used by most professional detailers in these extreme conditions.
What You Need:
- Clean, dry microfiber cloth.
- 303 UV Protectant Spray
Step 1- Spray an even amount onto the areas of plastic that are exposed to strong sunlight.
Step 2- Immediately wipe off with a clean, dry microfiber cloth, you must make sure you do not allow it to dry in before you wipe it off.
For constant protection from strong UV I recommend repeating this process once a month, it is very quick and easy and your car will thank you in the long run!
What Products Work Best?
I personally prefer to use the New Car scented TurtleWax Fresh Shine, mainly because I always aim to achieve a show room finish so really the new car scent is the only option for me, I have not personally tested the other scents so I don’t feel it is my place to advise you on the other scents but I can definitely advise you that for the price this product is in a class of its’ own.
Hope I Helped, Post Your Results!
I hope you were able to take this information on board and I hope you get the results you have been trying to achieve, if there is anymore I can do or you have any questions please don’t be afraid to post them below I love hearing from you!
That’s all for now, have a great day, happy detailing!