Did you know that most people will drive for a total 4.3 years over their lifetime? That is a lot of time spent in your vehicle going to and from work, school, and other social engagements. But when was the last time you took the time to clean and detail your vehicle? Let’s go over some car cleaning tips!
Exterior Car Care
Although it varies from city to city, your car should be cleaned regularly. Every day you vehicle is subjected to ultraviolet rays from the sun, salt, smog, acid rain, tree sap, and animal waste. These things can eat away your paint and eventually eat at the metal of your car. Over time these elements will corrode your vehicle and could affect the resale value. So how often should you wash your vehicle? Well it depends on two variables: location and climate. If you live near salt water and in an area of heavy pollution, you should was your car at least two or three times per month. If you live in a rural inland area, you should be able to get by with washing your car once a month. But during the winter, if you live in an area where you get snow and ice, salt from the road is sure to stick to your car’s paint. Washing your car should become more frequent as the salt, snow, and mud covers your area.
Cleaning the Inside
The first step the cleaning anything is to gather up the trash. Make sure to clean up any trash under your seats, in your ash tray and console, and between the seats. Once the trash is picked up, vacuum your floors and seats. Remove the floor mats and be sure the vacuum them separately. Use a brush attachment to clean your air vents, dashboard, back window, and seats. If you see stains on your upholstery, use a specialty cleaner to dab and rub your stain away. With leather seats, make sure to use special leather cleaner to get rid of dirt and grime. The next step is to clean your windows inside with a glass cleaning solution. Use a glass-cleaning towel instead of paper towels to ensure they aren’t streaky.
Protect your seat by using seat covers on your front and back seats and try to refrain from eating and drinking in your vehicle. Make sure to vacuum up dry spills like cereals and other afterschool snacks. For liquid stains, keep paper towels and spot cleaner on hand to remove them as soon as it is safe to do so. No one likes being embarrassed by their vehicle. Clean up your car and you’ll never regret it!
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