Interior Plastic Care - Mothers
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Interior Plastic Care

Plastic is a long-lasting, hard-wearing material, and as a result, often goes neglected in a car. The truth of the matter is, the plastic trim in your interior is susceptible to damage and wear-and-tear just the same as any other part of your car, and as such it should receive regular care and attention. From the dashboard to the seat trim, a little bit of TLC will go a long way.

Soft Plastic vs Hard Plastic

The type of plastic you’re cleaning will determine which products you will use and also how you will apply them. Hard plastics are usually smooth and glossy. These should be treated with a car polish like Mothers® Plastic Polish, using a super-soft applicator pad or microfiber cloth. Softer plastics with a matte finish, or plastics that look and feel like leather should be treated with a protectant or similar penetrating product formulated for use on rubber. These products can be applied with a terry cloth towel.

Cleaning and Maintaining Dashboard and Console Plastics


The worst enemy to your dash, center console, and even door panels is dust. So before starting the cleaning process, a thorough dusting is required. The Mothers® Speed Interior Detailer effectively eradicates all dust, oil, dirt, and fingerprints from these surfaces. It is also gentle enough to be used on touch screens.Important: Do not apply any vinyl protectant to this towel because it could come into contact with the wrong types of plastics.

Small brushes, like our Mothers® Detail Brushes – narrow and angled to get into all those hard-to-reach areas – are ideal for getting rid of the dust and dirt that tends to build up in the grooves.

Treating Cabin Interior Surfaces

Mothers® Protectant is a low-shine product that most dashboards respond well to. By regularly using a high-quality product like this to preserve the plastic, you improve the overall durability and longevity of your interior. An added plus is the interior’s improved ability to resist dirt and dust, which makes cleaning so much easier.

Pro Tips from Mothers® Pros

  • If your product meant for hard plastic makes contact with soft plastic, be sure to clean it off immediately.
  • Don’t get your hard/soft plastics products mixed up. Organize your interior cleaning so that you do the hard plastics first, followed by soft.
  • Fake wood trim qualifies as a hard plastic and can be treated with associated products.

Use a clean microfiber towel and apply a few squirts of protectant directly to it. Mothers® Protectant is gentle enough to not alter the colour of interior plastics, yet effective in bringing out that as-new appearance.

Apply the protectant evenly and sparingly. Wait for 1-3 minutes before buffing off the excess. If you’re dealing with stubborn dirt, a protecting agent with built-in cleaner like our Mothers® VLR is the perfect solution.

Detail Tip
Never let any chemicals dry on hard plastic. Work in small sections so that you can buff thoroughly before the product dries.