There’s nothing like driving off the lot with your brand new car. From the immaculate looking seats to the wonderful new car smell, it’s a feeling that never gets old. However, this all seems to go away in a few days. One week later your car is filled with fast food wrappers, crumbs from your children, and that musty old smell that comes with driving your car regularly. It’s the worst, and it also hurts your car. Keeping your car clean can help it to drive better, last longer, and resell for a higher price. This seems like it should be common knowledge, and yet so many of us keep our cars dirty.
Cleaning your car isn’t as hard as you might think. If you keep up with a regular wipe down and vacuum on a weekly basis, you’ll hardly have anything that needs to be scrubbed or deep cleaned. Both your interior and exterior can be cleaned right at home. Forget that expensive detailer down the road, we have the perfect tools to help keep your car fresh, clean, and brand new.
For those of you with leather seats, you hit the jackpot. Leather is one of the easiest things to clean. Just pick up some leather cleaning wipes from the store or wet down a rag with some warm water and olive oil. With your wipe or rag, gently wipe down the seats until they are looking clean. If you have a stain that isn’t coming out, gently use the rag with some vinegar to scrub at the mess. There’s hardly a stain that can’t come out of leather.
Cleaning cloth seats can be a bit more difficult. First, you’ll need to vacuum up all the crumbs or stuck on food that might be clinging to the soft material. Cloth seats do much better with a spot cleaning rather than a full wipe down. For any stains that you find, spray a mixture of water, vinegar, and dishwashing detergent onto the stain. Let it rest there for five minutes before blotting at the stain with a clean cloth. It should come right up.
Whether you are living solo or have children, there are always opportunities for crumbs to find their way into the car. You’ll need to remove everything from the car, including children’s car seats and floor mats. Grab a shop vac or use the vacuums at the local car wash to go throughout the nooks and crannies of the car and get out all the crumbs. Vacuuming is an important step to keeping your car smelling nice and looking clean.
Rinse and Wax
Your interior isn’t the only thing that needs to be cleaned. Keeping the outside of your car clean is just an important as cleaning the inside of it. Driving your car through the wash on a weekly basis helps to keep the dirt from sticking to your car. If you wait too long to wash the dirt off it can leave permanent stains on the car’s exterior. This is almost impossible to get off. To keep your car looking new, finish the wash with a wax treatment. Your car is going to be just as shiny as when you drove it off the lot.
One of the most important things you can do for your car is to try and keep it out of the weather. Cars in garages do much better than cars parked out on the street because they aren’t hit with the wind, rain, and sun all day long. Try to keep your car out of any extreme weather. However, if that’s not an option, put up some sun shades on the windows to prevent the sun from bleaching the interior of your car. This is a huge step in helping the car to remain looking new so that it resells better when it is time to get rid of it.