How To Clean Your BMW Car Interiors

BMW cars are among the best, but keeping them this way requires some effort. Over time, the interior will get dirty and grimy, resulting in stains on your beautiful leather seats. Don’t worry—cleaning the leather seats of your BMW car isn’t too hard, and you can do it yourself at home with some tools and supplies that you can find at any local hardware store or online retailers. Here’s how to clean your BMW car interiors easily and efficiently!

Find A Shaded Or Cool Area With Good Lighting

You don’t want to clean your car in direct sunlight. It’s too hot, and you’ll damage both it and yourself. Instead, find a shaded area with good lighting where you can see what you’re doing. You will also minimize any scratches on your car by letting it cool off after your drive before cleaning it.

Gather Everything You Need

You don’t need much to get started, but if certain things help make cleaning easier—such as microfiber cloths or leather-specific cleaners—you should gather those up ahead of time so you can jump right into it when you start.

Gather Trash And Debris

The next step in cleaning your car interior is to gather all of your cleaning supplies. These will include wet wipes, soft cloths, and paper towels. You may also want to use a vacuum with attachments to pull out any gunk that is stuck in between seats or in other hard-to-reach places. Be sure to check for trash or any other debris leftover from previous rides.

Remove And Clean The Floor Mats

Next, remove all of your car’s floor mats. If you have a car where they’ve been attacked by a series of hooks that keep them from moving, then you can flip them out and set them on a table or something. You don’t need to detach these, but it’s pretty easy to do with most modern BMW vehicles if you want to go that route. If your vehicle uses clips, then you’ll need to take out those fasteners before detaching. That said, once your floor mats are off, they’re easily cleaned like any other part of your car carpeting (that is, by vacuuming or hosing off).

Clean The Interior Windows And Mirror

Be sure not to spray cleaners directly on your interior windows, as you could ruin your sun visors and other soft surfaces, which should be cleaned with a damp cloth. Wipe each surface thoroughly and then buff out any streaks or lint left behind by using a microfiber cloth sprayed with glass cleaner. If you have heavily soiled windows, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto a clean rag and wipe down all surfaces to remove grime, followed by another layer of glass cleaner. Rinse out each rag as needed until all residues are gone from your interior windows.

Clean The Center Console

First, remove all items from your centre console and wipe down its surfaces with a microfiber cloth. If you have small pieces or gadgets, remove them first to avoid losing them while cleaning. Spray water on your microfiber cloth and dip it into clean water to moisten it thoroughly. Wipe your entire centre console with your wet microfiber cloth until it is streak-free and shiny, and then dry it with another microfiber cloth that has been slightly dampened by water only.

Remove Dashboard Dust And Grime

Using a sponge and some warm water, begin by wiping down your dashboard and vents. Dust and dirt tend to gather here; if you’re lucky, you may even be able to wipe it off with a damp rag. If dust cannot be removed thoroughly, it may need to be removed more than once.

Clean The Seats

The seats are usually one of the hardest surfaces to keep clean in your car. The good news is, keeping them clean is relatively easy! Vacuum them thoroughly to remove any hair or dirt. Use a damp cloth to wipe away light dirt and grime. Use leather cleaner if your seats are leather or upholstery cleaner for fabric seats.


If your car smells, you may want to start here. Baking soda and vinegar can help neutralize odors from cigarettes, food spills, pets, or anything else. Just make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to any odor-causing surface and let it sit for a few hours. If necessary, follow up with a cleaning solution like vinegar and water.