Welcome to the club.
I've got the Parchment interior (Stone White over here strangely) and don't really struggle keeping it clean. If you love your car as much as you do, you shouldn't struggle with rule number 1 and that is, clean it frequently. The black seats are leatherette and Alcantara which are both synthetic materials. The white is real leather and real suede so entirely natural. There are various interior cleaners but I have only found one brand that is really good on our seats - Autoglym. Use a very fine mist of Interior Shampoo or apply via a sponge to the suede and use Leather Cleaner to clean the rest. If you spray onto the leather, it won't harm but wipe it off right away with a damp cloth. I use an Autoglym leather as no fibres transfer to the seats. If you want a "quick do", use Meguires leather wipes on the leather but not the suede. There are various leather care gels and sprays you can use to condition the leather which will keep it supple and stop it cracking. I've got several with no real preference and would use them maybe twice a year. The really heavy gels can be greasy so I would only tend to use them before putting the car away for the night so it can dry out a bit.
If you keep your carpets well vacuumed, you can use the same Autoglym Interior Cleaner on them but whether doing the seats or the carpets, I cannot over emphasise that "less is more", you want a very fine even mist.
The best cleaner for the dash top is Meguires Interior Cleaner! It's dirt cheap in Walmart and cleans all the hard surfaces really well. The main benefit on the dash is that it dries really dull - just like a new dash. Vehicle manufacturers spend millions developing materials that don't reflect in the windscreen yet many people go and instantly make a balls up by spraying silicone on it - they should be shot at dawn!
Just to make a distinction between these two products, the Autoglym shampoo is a wet process and is especially good for soiled or really dirty surfaces. Wipe off any spray before it dries and it won't harm any of the surfaces in the car. The Meguires product is a dry process in that you don't follow up with a wet cloth or leather, you wipe it off with clean microfibre cloths. Do not let it dry on any surface and do not get any more than very slight overspray on the SUEDE parts of your interior and don't forget that those panels in the doors are real suede too.
When you've got to grips with the interior, you need to get on top of the exterior before the winter. Wash with good shampoo like Meguires Gold Class, clay with plenty of detailing fluid then a quick polish and a final coat of wax. You can get it all at Walmart at not much expense and any Martians sat looking at Planet Earth will wonder what it is that glints in the sun.
Currently CX5 SportNav 2.2 diesel automatic and AWD.
Formerly CX3 SportNav 1.5 diesel automatic and AWD.
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