How to Detail Your Volkswagen Inside and Out

June 13th, 2017 by

2017 VW Touareg

If it’s been a while since you’ve really paid attention to how your beloved Volkswagen looks, now is probably a good time to make plans to thoroughly detail the vehicle’s interior and exterior. Keep reading to learn some essential things that can help your car look as good as it did the day you bought it.

Clean the Interior Surfaces

Many Volkswagen vehicles have cloth upholstery, and you can also splurge and get leather seating for some models. No matter which model you drive, you probably have both leather and fabric inside your car. Every kind of material in your interior needs its own special kind of detailing work.

For fabric uphosltery, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe off any dust or spills. If you notice stained areas, tackle them with a specialty cleaner and a brush made for items that are not machine washable. The brush works the product down into the fibers for a more thorough clean.

Ideally, you should treat leather surfaces with specific leather care products every six months. Getting into this habit helps prevent the leather from becoming discolored due to sun exposure. Your Volkswagen dealer can provide you with a leather and vinyl cleaner made by 3M that is a great option for regular use.

If there are parts of the leather that are extremely soiled, mix two teaspoons of mild soap with about a quart of water and apply that solution to the leather. Be careful to not let the moisture soak into the material. Make sure to dry the area completely.

Don’t overlook the less obvious parts of your Volkswagen, such as the plastic that surrounds the instrument panel. If it gets dusty, you can fix the problem with a soft cloth. If your Volkswagen has a touchscreen panel, wipe the smudges off it with a clean cloth, too.

Wash the Outside

The outside of your Volkswagen may be the part that you’re initially most concerned about because it’s what people notice first. Before starting to detail the exterior, carefully inspect it. If you see even the slightest sign of rust, make an appointment with your Volkswagen dealership for further assessment.

Clean the wheels and tires with water and a brush. The brush makes it easier to get into the crevices. While you’re at it, examine the tires closely and make sure they don’t show signs of abnormal or excessive wear. Washing your car at least once a month is the best way to get rid of dirt, salt, and other materials the car comes in contact with as you drive.

Apply Hard Wax

Once you’ve cleaned the car, think about applying a layer of hard wax which acts as a protective barrier. This step is beneficial even if you make a point of always selecting a wax treatment when visiting an automatic car wash. Waxing is a bit time-consuming, but it makes your car look fabulous and protects the finish. However, if your car has a matte finish, wax is not suitable for it.

These tips leave you well equipped to detail your car like a pro. Doing it regularly is one practical way to keep your Volkswagen looking good and running great.