4 Simple Steps: How to Clean Your Dashboard Properly

How to clean your dashboard? There’s nothing worse than sitting in a car coated with films of dust, stickiness and grime. Don’t you agree? Dirty interiors are unappealing, and they are a haven for the bugs and germs that make us sick.

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With the dashboard being the focal point of your car interior, you need to make sure it is clean at all times (well, as much as possible 🙂 ).

But how do you do this? How do you get rid of the dirt and dust tucked into tiny nooks and crannies? How do you stop your dash from fading and cracking under the harsh sun?

I’m here to answer these questions.

Below is a quick and painless dashboard cleaning routine that will keep your car interior in mint condition.

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How to Clean Your Dashboard

So, you're probably wondering...

What Can I Clean My Dashboard With?

  • Soft Microfiber Cloth
  • Interior Cleaner 
  • Vent and Dash Brush
  • Dashboard Polish

Step By Step: How to Clean Your Dashboard (Repeat Monthly!)

Step 1: Dust Your Car Dashboard And Center Console

Add mild soap into a bowl filled with water, dampen your microfiber cloth with this water, and run the cloth across your dash and center console.

This action will lift the heavier particles of dust and grime off the dash.

Make sure you wring out the cloth so that it is not dripping with water. Rinse and repeat this process until your dash is clean.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DASHBOARD

Pro Tip: If you want to leave your dash with a fresh smell, add essential oil into the water mixture.

STEP 2: Bring Out The Interior Cleaner

If your neglected dashboard is caked in dust and grime, you will need to use an interior cleaner for a deep and intensive cleaning experience.

Spray or dab a small amount of interior cleaner on a clean microfiber cloth, and then rub the cloth over your dash and center console.

This will remove stubborn grime and dust that was not removed by the soapy water.

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STEP 3: Use A Vent & Dash Brush To Clean Dashboard Knobs

A lot of the dust and grime that enters your car gets stuck in tight nooks and crannies, and your microfiber cloth will not be sufficient.

Take your vent and dash brush and run it over the dashboard knobs, hand brake, vents, radio, gear shift, and any other crevices and spaces where dust and grime have snuck into.

Use a gentle touch when running the bristle over these interior parts to avoid scratching delicate bits.

STEP 4: Add Shine To Your Dash Using Polish

Once your dash has been fully cleaned, you can add a little bit of shine to give your car a brand new appearance.

This step is straightforward: spray or pour a small amount of polish onto a clean microfiber cloth, and then rub this cloth over the super-clean dash. You can also repeat this process over your center console.

There are numerous dashboard polish options with differing degrees of shine- semi matte to gloss. You can therefore pick the polish which suits your preference perfectly.

PRO TIP a small amount of olive oil onto a microfiber cloth, and then rub the cloth over your dash. When you’re done, remove any excess olive oil from your dash with a dry cloth.

If you are worried about the effect of olive oil on your dashboard, test the oil on a small area of your dash. If no discoloration occurs, you can go ahead and rub olive oil over your whole dash.

Best Way to Dust Your Car Dashboard

1. Dust your dashboard and center console with a damp cloth

2. Apply interior cleaner to remove buildups of dust and grime

3. Use a toothbrush to clean out crevices

4. Add shine using polish or olive oil

How About? Waxing or Buffing

All Done!

Now you know how to clean your dashboard!

If you want your car interior to look good and smell good, then it’s time to give it a deep clean, starting with your dashboard. The tips above will ensure that your dash remains clean and pristine, and best of all it won’t take too much of your time.

PRO TIP: Once you use this tutorial to clean your dashboard, you won’t ever want your dashboard to return to its deplorable state. That’s why you should put an extra microfiber cloth in your glove box, so you can swipe at any grime or dust that dares to decorate your dashboard.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to give your car that brand new feel? Let me know what you thought of this tutorial in the comments below, and if you have any dashboard cleaning pointers feel free to share.

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