After thoroughly researching and rigorously testing a multitude of car carpet cleaners, our team members have a few suggestions for things that we think you should look for in this type of product.
When it comes to car carpet cleaners, there are two main application processes. The two most common applications of car carpet cleaner are via aerosol canister or via a spray bottle. Below are brief explanations of each including their pros and cons.
- Aerosol: This type of car carpet cleaner will give you the most possible foaming action. Most aerosol cleaners require you to shake before use, but will effectively tackle a large vehicle with ease due to the foaming capabilities of aerosol canisters.
- Spray Bottle: This type of car carpet cleaner may not have the foaming power of aerosol cleaners, but it can in some cases be more accurate. Some spray bottles have adjustable nozzles making hard-to-reach areas a little less difficult to reach.
There are two main features of a car carpet cleaner that our team members felt truly made a difference in the car carpet cleaning process. These two features are deodorizing capabilities and attached brushes for application.
A car carpet cleaner that deodorizes makes all the difference. It’s no good adding smells on top of bad smells in an attempt to mask the original foul smells. Car carpet cleaners with deodorizing properties will eliminate negative odors while simultaneously adding their own fresh and pleasant smelling aroma in its place.
Car carpet cleaners with attached brushes simply make sense. At the end of the day, many of these car carpet cleaners require you to brush or agitate the solution into the car carpet to effectively clean it. This ultimately leaves you looking for a brush or microfiber cloth while simultaneously wishing the product came with everything you’d need to do the job properly.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
To get some added interior cleaning know-how we spoke with Mike Pennington, Sr. Manager of Global Training at Meguiar’s. He has over 30 years of car detailing experience and told us one of the best things someone can do is basic surface preparation before applying a cleaning solution. He carried on to say:
“A lot of people don’t realize you can actually brush a carpet prior to vacuuming, or while you’re vacuuming, to fluff those fibers up to get all that excess dirt out”