When somebody says 'clean the car' we often pay more attention to the exterior. We shampoo it, wax it, and even add a bit of polish to keep that paint gleaming. The interior? A vacuum and a wipe would be fine, right? Well, we reckon your cabin deserves more. After all, that's where you spend most of your time.
We advise using an interior cleaner to make the cabin, well, clean. We previously tested out Sonax's Xtreme Interior Cleaner and we were impressed with its results. But why not take it a step further by detailing it? Just in time too as we have yet another product from Sonax: the Xtreme Interior Detailer.
Sonax Xtreme Interior Detailer is what's called a QID or quick interior detailer. It comes in a spray bottle just like the cleaner, which makes it ideal for those who would like to do car care from the garages. No need to take the seats out or remove some parts and panels to steam them out; Simply spray and wipe down. It won't be the same as a full detail, but Sonax's product should be fine for the weekend DIYer.
Of course, before you spray on the QID, we recommend using the interior cleaner first for better results. Once you've done that, spray directly on the part you want detailed and wipe away with a microfiber or clean piece of cloth. You may be surprised that you'll still pick up dirt.
Because we've tested Sonax's products before, we expect a lot from the Xtreme Interior Detailer. We're happy to report that it is, indeed, very effective. On plastic and vinyl trims, it leaves a matte finish on the panels with none of the sticky and oily residues we've come to associate with typical QIDs. The odor isn't that strong either, so those with sensitive noses need not worry.
From our observation, the grayed-out plastic panels regained some of its lusters. Perhaps it will be more noticeable on tan interiors. Of course, this QID isn't some magical liquid that turns everything inside back to showroom condition. It won't eliminate the scratches that have been racked up over the years, but it does its best to lessen the haze.
You can also use the Xtreme Interior Detailer on leather or leatherette surfaces. However, it won't be as effective on cloth seats. For that, we advise using the Xtreme Interior Cleaner instead. Yes, the detailer can clean some stains, but you'll have to have a few more squirts of it to rub it off. Of course, don't forget to spot-test it first before you apply it. Remember different cars have different materials and just because it works for one, it doesn't mean it works for all.
But all in all, the Xtreme Interior Detailer maintains that expectation we have from Sonax products. It's effective, it doesn't leave oily and greasy marks, it's easy to use, plus you even get a pleasant scent (if you're into vanilla) in the cabin when you're done with it. All in all, it's a good supplemental product to the Xtreme Interior Cleaner.