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Interior - where to start?

I'm likely picking up a 1999 super duty work truck tomorrow that is in typical work-truck condition. Interior is dusty and dirty - so much so that I'm not sure where to start.

It's got rubber flooring, so that is a plus to get it clean.

So where would you start with a completely filthy interior?

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I'd start with a good old fashion scrubbing with soap and water. Get the worst of it off and see where you stand. Then I'd go back in and get down and dirty into the details.

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If it's really that dirty, it's not a huge deal to unbolt the seats, pull the trim out, and then remove the vinyl flooring completely out of the truck. It's a helluva lot easier to get it REALLY clean that way instead of trying to scrub the little nooks/crannies with everything still installed in the truck. Heck, while you're at it, there would be no more convenient time to put down a layer of Dynamat (or some equivalent product) to quiet things down in the cab.

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If it's really that dirty, it's not a huge deal to unbolt the seats, pull the trim out, and then remove the vinyl flooring completely out of the truck. It's a helluva lot easier to get it REALLY clean that way instead of trying to scrub the little nooks/crannies with everything still installed in the truck. Heck, while you're at it, there would be no more convenient time to put down a layer of Dynamat (or some equivalent product) to quiet things down in the cab.
That is a good point. I had not thought of that. McMaster has a nice sound-absorbing product that runs like 17 bucks for about a 3' x 5' sheet. I've got a piece of it somewhere i could go ahead and lay down.
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get your self a can or two of "tuff stuff" it is in a yellow and red aerosol can and can be bought at most automotive stores , Its the best thing ive ever used to bust up heavy dirt on automotive interior and not damage the color of the vinyl or plastic . it should do a great job on your dash , steering wheel and what ever else you cant get out of the way for scrubbing down as Rcannon suggested

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I get a really wet towel and wipe off all the excessive dirt and then keep going over it until the towel is clean.
For the floors I would scrub with simple green or something along those lines.

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Like he said - pull the seat and mat.

Throw a poncho or tarp over the steering wheel and dash as well as inside mounted PCM or other.

Spray with degreaser and rinse with pressure washer. If it is not clean do it agin. Dry with a leaf blower and do the seat and mat. Leaves just the wheel and dash to wash with degreaser on a rag. Add protectant on the plastic and wax the metal. Leave the protectant off the floormat area.

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Got a link to the stuff from McMaster??

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Got a link to the stuff from McMaster??
Sure thing.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#9709t39/=30qy33

At that price, just try a sheet and see what you think. It quieted down a jeep with one sheet pretty well.
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Simple Green. Works great for a cleaner and smells good too! Then I go back with a vinyl protect etc.

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