Keeping the outside of your van clean is easy enough. But the inside is where your passengers spend the most time. So it needs to be spotless. Follow these tips for making your passengers feel comfortable.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SEATS
No one wants to sit on a dirty seat. Your seats get the most attention and use from your passengers, so you should pay extra attention to them as you’re cleaning your van.
CLEANING LEATHER UPHOLSTERY:
Use a leather-cleaning kit.
Leather requires more careful care because it is more susceptible to aging and fading. So you’ll want to be sure you use only cleaners and conditioners made specifically for leather.
Turn on your heater.
Leather will accept cleaners and treatments more readily in a warm environment. If it’s hot where you live, then you don’t need to turn on the heater. But if it’s the middle of winter, turn on the heater for a few minutes to warm up your van before cleaning the leather.
Pretreat stubborn stains.
Use a leather conditioner to pretreat stubborn stains on leather upholstery. Then apply a leather stain remover on the stain and rub it in. Allow it to sit for about 30 seconds and wipe off.
Apply the cleaner, focusing on one section or seat at a time. Use a soft cloth to rub the cleaner on the upholstery. Rinse off the cleaner thoroughly with clean water.
After you’ve cleaned the leather, make sure it is completely dry before you apply conditioner. While leather naturally repels water, it will not hold the conditioner if it’s wet.
Be sure to use a water-based, pH neutral leather conditioner instead of a less expensive petroleum-based conditioner, which can cling to leather and transfer to clothing. Apply the conditioner to a cloth and wipe over the leather. Wipe away any excess conditioner and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before using your van.
Dirt and debris can easily gather in the seams where the upholstery has been sewn together. But it’s hard to clean out this dirt with a vacuum or cloth. Instead, use a toothbrush to get at these areas, scrubbing gently with your cleaner.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
With all the passengers going in and out of your van, there’s no telling what kind of things could be left behind. It’s a good idea to do a quick sweep after every transport and make a closer inspection daily or at least every few days. You can also keep a small trashcan in the back of your van so your passengers can dispose of trash as they exit.