Besides your home, your car may be one of your biggest investments. Thankfully, litter on the highways has greatly decreased but this has caused many of us to ride around in rolling trash cans! The floor contains remnants from fast-food meals, napkins, receipts, leaves, toys, empty soda cans, you name it. But, remember, this rolling trash can is one of your major investments, and in order to protect that investment it needs to be cared for.
Let’s start with the floors:
- Vacuum often and shake out floor mats
- Keep a roll of paper towels in the car to soak up spills
- Keep a whisk broom under a seat for easy clean ups
- Keep windows up so it doesn’t rain inside, it’s hard to get rid of mildew
- Use a spray foam carpet cleaner
- Keep a couple of empty plastic bags under the seat for trash
Here’s a handy tip to remove those white shadowy salt residues. Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Dab the mixture with a sponge, being careful not to get it very wet. After the carpet has dried, then vacuum.
Automatic car washes are so convenient there is no excuse for the exterior to have a build up of grime. Remember, it is also possible to wash it by hand. Most of us could benefit from a little extra exercise! If you don’t have a special tar remover on hand you can probably find a substitute in the kitchen. Try soaking a cloth with vegetable oil and rubbing gently. This can help remove tar, insects, and bird droppings.
To keep the upholstery as clean as possible:
- If something should spill grab your paper towels and mop up as soon as possible
- Too many crumbs in the seat? Brush out with the whisk broom
- Vacuum regularly and don’t forget to get in the cracks
- Use commercial upholstery shampoo to keep upholstery like new, or make your own.
Make upholstery cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup white or clear dishwashing detergent in 1 cup warm water. Beat this with a mixer until it makes a stiff foam. Using a sponge, wipe the cleaner in circular motions and let dry. When completely dry the residue may be vacuumed up.
When washing the car don’t forget the windows, inside and out. An easy trick to remember; wash the inside of the windows with strokes going in one direction and on the outside use strokes going in the opposite direction. This will make it much easier to identify where the streaks are.
Keeping your car clean will help you enjoy your ride and you are protecting your investment.