My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero looks pretty nice on the outside. The pain is in decent shape, and there’s only a very mild smattering of dents, dings, and bruises. Not bad for a 28-year-old truck designed to go play in the dirt. On the inside, however, things are a bit more rough. The interior is in good shape, but it definitely needs a nice cleaning.
I stopped by the Meguiar’s HQ, which is just up the road in Irvine, California. On site, they have a space to showcase just what their products can do. I’ve been there before, most recently with my old Benz. The purpose of that prior visit was to learn how to take care of the exterior of a project car.
Today, it’s time to learn about cleaning off the interior. Michael Stoops from Meguiar’s walks me through some very basic cleaning tips. It all starts with a vacuum session, because that helps properly set the stage to get things truly clean. From there, we dive into the seats, carpets, steering wheel, dashboard, rear cargo area, and even the pedals
It all ends with making sure the Montero smells as good as it looks. A bug-bomb-esque air freshener is detonated inside for five or so minutes, and my Montero is left smelling like a summer breeze. It didn’t smell bad before, it just smells clean now. And a week or so out from this cleaning session, I can still smell the cleanliness.
From here, it will just be a matter of maintaining the truck to keep the interior in great shape.