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Toyota Corolla Owners Manual: Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

Toyota Corolla Owners Manual / Maintenance and care / Maintenance and care / Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

The following procedures will help protect your vehicles interior and keep it in top condition:

Protecting the vehicle interior

Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner. Wipe dirty surfaces with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water.

Cleaning the synthetic leather areas

● Remove loose dirt using a vacuum cleaner.

● Apply a mild soap solution to the synthetic leather using a sponge or soft cloth.

● Allow the solution to soak in for a few minutes. Remove the dirt and wipe off the solution with a clean, damp cloth.

■Shampooing the carpets

There are several commercial foaming-type cleaners available. Use a sponge or brush to apply the foam. Rub in overlapping circles. Do not use water.

Wipe dirty surfaces and let them dry. Excellent results are obtained by keeping the carpet as dry as possible.

■Seat belts

Clean with mild soap and lukewarm water using a cloth or sponge. Also check the belts periodically for excessive wear, fraying or cuts.

CAUTION

■Water in the vehicle

●Do not splash or spill liquid in the vehicle. Doing so may cause electrical components etc. to malfunction or catch fire.

●Do not get any of the SRS components or wiring in the vehicle interior wet.

An electrical malfunction may cause the airbags to deploy or not function properly, resulting in death or serious injury.

■Cleaning the interior (especially instrument panel)

Do not use polish wax or polish cleaner. The instrument panel may reflect off the windshield, obstructing the drivers view and leading to an accident, resulting in death or serious injury.

NOTICE

■Cleaning detergents

●Do not use the following types of detergent, as they may discolor the vehicle interior or cause streaks or damage to painted surfaces:

Non-seat portions: Organic substances such as benzene or gasoline, alkaline or acidic solutions, dye, and bleach Seats: Alkaline or acidic solutions, such as thinner, benzene, and alcohol ●Do not use polish wax or polish cleaner. The instrument panels or other interior parts painted surface may be damaged.

■Preventing damage to leather surfaces

Observe the following precautions to avoid damage to and deterioration of leather surfaces: ●Remove any dust or dirt from leather surfaces immediately.

●Do not expose the vehicle to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Park the vehicle in the shade, especially during summer.

●Do not place items made of vinyl, plastic, or containing wax on the upholstery, as they may stick to the leather surface if the vehicle interior heats up significantly.

■Water on the floor

Do not wash the vehicle floor with water.

Vehicle systems such as the audio system may be damaged if water comes into contact with electrical components such as the audio system above or under the floor of the vehicle. Water may also cause the body to rust.

■Cleaning the inside of the rear window

●Do not use glass cleaner to clean the rear window, as this may cause damage to the rear window defogger heater wires or antenna. Use a cloth dampened with lukewarm water to gently wipe the window clean. Wipe the window in strokes running parallel to the heater wires or antenna.

●Be careful not to scratch or damage the heater wires or antenna.

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