Ford Escape: Vehicle Care / Cleaning the Interior

Cleaning the Instrument Panel

WARNING: Do not use chemical solvents or strong detergents when cleaning the steering wheel or instrument panel to avoid contamination of the airbag system.

We recommend that you only clean the instrument panel and cluster lens with a damp soft cloth. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.

For additional information and assistance, we recommend that you contact an authorized dealer.

Note: Avoid cleaners or polishes that increase the gloss of the upper portion of the instrument panel. The dull finish in this area helps protect you from undesirable windshield reflection.

Cleaning Plastic

We recommend that you only use a mild soap and water solution on a soft cloth. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.

Cleaning Displays and Screens

We recommend that you only use a microfiber cloth in a circular motion to clean off the fingerprint or dust.

If dirt or fingerprints are still on the screen, apply a small amount of alcohol to the cloth and try to clean it again.

Note: Do not pour or spray alcohol onto the touchscreen.

Note: Do not use detergent or any type of solvent to clean the touchscreen.

Cleaning Leather and Vinyl

We recommend that you only clean the leather and vinyl surfaces in the following way:

  1. Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.
  3. Make sure the leather is dry, then apply a small amount of conditioner to a clean, dry cloth.
  4. Rub the conditioner into the leather until it disappears. Allow the conditioner to dry, then repeat the process for the entire interior. If a film appears, wipe it off with a dry, clean cloth.
  5. For additional information and assistance, we recommend that you contact an authorized dealer.

Cleaning Fabric Seats and Headliners

WARNING: On vehicles equipped with seat-mounted airbags, do not use chemical solvents or strong detergents. Such products could contaminate the side airbag system and affect performance of the side airbag in a crash.

We recommend that you only clean the fabric seats and headliners in the following way:

  1. Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.
  3. For additional information and assistance, we recommend that you contact an authorized dealer.

For heavy stains, spot clean the area. If a ring forms on the fabric, clean the entire area immediately, but do not oversaturate or the ring could set.

Cleaning Carpets and Floor Mats

We recommend that you only clean your carpets in the following way:

  1. Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.
  3. For additional information and assistance, we recommend that you contact an authorized dealer.

For heavy stains, spot clean the area. If a ring forms on the fabric, clean the entire area immediately, but do not oversaturate or the ring could set.

We recommend that you only clean your floor mats in the following way:

  1. Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wash rubber floor mats using mild soap and lukewarm or cold water.
  3. Completely dry the floor mat before placing them back in your vehicle.

Cleaning Seatbelts

WARNING: Do not use cleaning solvents, bleach or dye on the vehicle's seatbelts, as these actions may weaken the belt webbing.

  1. Wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.

Cleaning Storage Compartments

  1. Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.

Cleaning Moonroof Tracks

  1. Remove debris from the tracks with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Wipe the bulb seal and mating painted roof metal surface with a soft, damp cloth and a mild soap and water solution.
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