How to Use a Car Vacuum Cleaner

How to Use a Car Vacuum Cleaner

Keeping your car clean can be a full-time job, especially if you spend a lot of time in it. No matter how careful you are, dirt and dust can collect in a short span, meaning that you have to stay on top of it lest it starts to consume your vehicle’s interior like some kind of dusty blob. While the outside of your car can be as easy as driving through a car wash, the inside is a whole other problem in itself. Thus, today we are going to discuss the best ways to use a car vacuum cleaner to maintain a prim and proper interior. Don’t let dirt and garbage get the best of you by following these steps.

What You’ll Need for This Tutorial

When talking about vacuuming your car, there are several ways that you can do it. First, you can go to a car wash and use a vacuum system they provide (usually these are coin-operated). Second, you can use your own machine and clean out the inside at your convenience in the comfort of your garage or driveway. In the end, the methods will still be the same, but just know that when we say “vacuum” on this list, it could either be something you have already or something that you rent for cleaning.

Overall, you won’t need too much to clean out your car, so you shouldn’t have to buy much, if anything, for this tutorial. As long as you have access to a vacuum, you will be A-OK. The wipes are handy for keeping your dashboard clean, but they are not always necessary, so only use them as needed.

Step by Step Guide - How to Use a Car Vacuum Cleaner

While vacuuming can be a relatively straightforward process, that is not to say that there are some tricks you can utilize to get a better clean for your car. While it may take a little longer to complete, the fact is that you want to get your vehicle in tip-top shape every time you vacuum; otherwise, what’s the point? So, with that in mind, here is the best way to get the results you want.

Step One: Clean Out Trash and Bulk Items

These are things that are too big for your vacuum or that will clog it if you try to suck them up. Wrappers, to-go bags, and drink cups are all examples of garbage that collects quickly in your car, so take it all out before you try to vacuum. This is where the bag will come in handy.

Step Two: Pull Out Your Car Mats

If you don’t have mats on your floor, then you won’t have to worry about this step. However, you may want to consider getting mats so that you can extend the life of your car’s floor overall.

Step Three: Start in the Front

The reason that we suggest that you start on the passenger and driver’s seats is that they are already in good position to give you access to the floor. Technically speaking, you could decide that it’s better to begin in the back since you’ll have to return the seats to their original position anyway, but we’re going for efficiency here so this is how we operate. If you want to start in the back, however, feel free.

It’s always best to start from the top to the bottom of your car so that any debris that may fly out while you vacuum will land on the floor and you can pick it up as you go. Vacuum the seats, the dashboard, and anywhere else with loose dirt and dust that can be sucked up. Make several passes if need be to collect everything. This is where nozzles and attachments will be helpful.

Step Four: Clean the Back

Pull the front seats forward and position them so that you can vacuum the backs of the seats more easily. You want to make sure that they are as far forward as possible so that you can get all the way underneath with the hose. If there are tight areas that you can’t reach then try a different attachment or try to knock the bigger dirt out with something so that you can vacuum it up.

Again, it’s best to start from the top down, and make sure to get behind the rear seats and into the cushions as well. Dirt collects all the time in those cracks so don’t forget about them. Then move to the floor.

Step Five: Vacuum the Mats

Beat them vigorously to get rid of the dust and then vacuum them as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to return the rear mats first before you return the front seats to their original position.

Step Six: Return the Mats

Put them back how you found them and make sure that they are in the right position.

Step Seven: Wipe Down Surfaces

Again, this could be an optional step depending on your needs, but if you’re going to clean you might as well go all the way. Wipe down your dashboard and any other surface that needs cleaning.


Once you’ve finished wiping, you’re all done! It’s a pretty simple process and one that should be repeated at least once or twice a month, depending on how often you drive and how clean you want to keep your car. Thanks for tuning into this tutorial and we hope that your car looks better than ever!

John C.

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