How to Clean the Interior of a MINI Cooper

by William Zane

The new MINI Cooper has an extremely unusual and cool-looking interior design that complements its bold exterior styling. From the large, centrally mounted speedometer to the toggle switches on the center console, BMW (the makers of the MINI) did a great job of making this an interior that's a joy to experience. Keeping a MINI's interior clean and detailed makes it even more enjoyable to drive and also helps ensure that it maintains its value.


Remove the floor mats. Thoroughly vacuum the interior, sliding the seats forward and then backward to access under the seats. Vacuum between the seat backs and seat bottoms. Use a thin vacuum nozzle to reach between cushions and between seams. If the carpeting is very dirty, steam-clean it with a rented steam cleaner or have it professionally steam-cleaned.


Clean the cloth seats with a fabric cleaner and a soft bristle brush, spraying the cleaner onto the fabric and then scrubbing the cleaner with the brush to lift any stains.


Clean leather and vinyl with special cleaners intended for those materials. Work the cleaner into the surface with a clean, dry rag and then wipe clean.


Spray vinyl protectant like Autoglym on a rag or foam applicator and wipe down the vinyl areas of the dash, door panels, center console and AC vents. For hard-to-reach areas like vent slats and between the gauges, use a flat-head screwdriver wrapped with a rag and gently wipe it into these areas.


Use glass cleaner on the MINI's gauges. MINIs have large, prominent gauges that look their best when they're thoroughly cleaned.


Spray automotive glass cleaner on a rag and wipe down the insides of the glass. Do not spray it directly on the glass, as it may get onto nearby interior areas.


Wipe down the doorjambs and door thresholds after you've cleaned the exterior of your MINI. A lot of dirt and dust builds up here, which can be quite noticeable when you get in and out of the car.


Shake out and vacuum the floor mats before putting them back in the interior.

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About the Author

William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.

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