Date of Review: 7th July 2022
The Sales Pitch from Chemical Guys:
One Solution For All Surfaces
Rather than use separate cleaners for leather, vinyl, plastic, carpet, cloth, glass, and wood, Chemical Guys developed Total Interior. With just one product, you can now clean and protect virtually all interior surfaces to remove layers of dirt, grime, debris, fingerprints, grease, and oils. The gentle formula won’t stain, streak on glass, or change the feel or texture of upholstery or carpets.
Mist On, Wipe Off
The unique formula is also blended with UV blockers that help shield interior car parts from harsh sunlight to help prevent cracking and fading on hard plastics. The premium formula wipes clean, finishes residue free, and leaves no greasy or oily feel or look behind. Total Interior Cleaner does not add extra gloss or shine; it only restores the stock appearance to the cleaned part.
Use This To:
- Save time and money with one do-it-all product
- Simplify your detailing arsenal
- Keep your interior fresh, clean, and new
- Clean without worrying about damaging surfaces
- Gently clean and protect nav and touch screens
What You Get:
This is a designed to be a single product that does it all for your interior. All surfaces cleaner detailer. The bottle from Chem Guys is their top quality product and delivers a consistent spray.
Simply spray on directly to the surface and then wipe off.
Nothing could be simpler than spraying on, then wipe off with a clean micro fibre cloth. But all is not what it seems. The is a light ‘clean smell after spraying, which is not to strong. After a few minutes it disappears anyway.
As the sales pitch says from Chemical Guys says that it will clean ‘navigation & touch screens’. I had deliberately let my screen get a bit grubby, (gross I know). I wanted to put this product to the test, there’s no point in cleaning a pretty clean part. The screen was dusty with greasy fingerprints.
I cleaned the screen fully first with the product and the result was the following.
It managed to clean some of it, but FAR from the promises of a single product to clean it all. I was not impressed.
I decided to try a little experiment, to wipe half again with the Total Interior cleaner and half with Nonsense all purpose cleaner. There was a huge difference.
From the pic above the left-hand side was actually cleaned by the Chemical Guys “Nonsense” and the right side was cleaned a second time by the interior cleaner. The Interior cleaner hadn’t touched it at all, so disappointing.
With the screened properly by ‘Nonsense’ it looked much better.
Let’s look at other surfaces that I used the product on. The steering wheel and the driver dash gauges. First the before;
A quick spray on the surfaces and wipe over and it did a great job.
The door trim fittings and the centre console were wiped over with great results.
The cleaned surfaces below with some nice results.
As the product is supposed to have some UV protectors I sprayed and wiped down the upper dash and I’m pleased to say that the cleaning didn’t change the finish of the surface to remain the matt finish.
A very mixed bag of results and inconsistency from a single product.
It seems to be that the product can’t deal with finger prints on my infotainment screen. Is it because the Honda screen is a matt finish and the grubby finger marks can’t be cleaned off? I very much doubt it to be honest.
But, on the other hand it did a great job of cleaning various plastic trim, high gloss plastic parts, leather, metal and even glass without leaving any streaks. The glass had no residual smears after the clean. I reckon if the infotainment screen was polished glass it will clean it fine.
The results depend on what you clean. I wanted this to be a one stop clean all bottle. For me – it wasn’t.
i ccan’t deny that I was disappointed by the product on the infotainment screen. After Chem Guys said it would clean it, clearly it didn’t and not through the want of trying either. I used different types of micro fiber to see if it made a difference, it didn’t.
For the cost of £15 or there abouts it’s a lot of money for a fairly mild cleaner.
Ease of use – 10 out 10
Finish – 6 out 10
This is a mild cleaner that does well on some surfaces and terrible for my infotainment. The all round cleaner ‘Nonsense’ also from Chemical Guys did fine on the same screen. I need this explained to me.
I have used other interior cleaners and they are specific for matt or a gloss finish, sometimes changing the OEM finish. This product doesn’t which is a very big positive and useful in that respect.
The product seems to be the right way as an intention as an around product for the interior.
Before purchase I would advise to try some before you buy it.
Would I recommend it? No
Would I buy it again? Only if it was on a very cheap sale.