Now that spring has sprung and winter is moving out of the United States, it’s time to do some quintessential seasonal cleaning. For many of us, that means giving our cars a good scrub down as well, especially the interior. Here are five ways you can go about doing so to keep your cabin in tip-top shape.
Get Rid of the Trash
It’s no secret that many of us are terrible at keeping up with the trash that makes it into our cars. Straw wrappers, receipts, gum containers, coffee cups – these are all items that can easily pile up inside your vehicle if you don’t keep up with things. Before doing anything else, grab a trash bag and clear out all the garbage that you’ve collected over the past few months. Following this step alone will already make your car cleaner.
Vacuum Your Carpets
Next up, you’ll want to grab a vacuum and suck up all the dirt that the carpets in your car have been collecting. Salt, dirt, mud, and more have been collecting over the winter, so it’s a good idea to freshen the carpets up. A typical vacuum cleaner can do the job, but for the best results, try a dedicated carpet cleaner or something more heavy-duty. Ensure it has the necessary attachments to reach into all the cracks and crevices between the seats of your vehicle.
Clean Your Windows
It isn’t an obvious thing to do until you can’t see out of them, but don’t wait that long to clean your windows. When spring cleaning your vehicle, wipe down your windows to ensure nothing but crystal-clear views when you glance out them. Any window cleaner at a local grocery or convenience store will do. It’s also good to use paper towels instead of a cloth towel since unwanted lint is susceptible to sticking to your windows due to the chemicals in the cleaner. Once you’re finished, you’ll enjoy a much clearer view of the outside world from inside your car.
Scrub the Seats and Siding
While you’re cleaning the rest of the car, you may as well tackle the seats and siding. Pick up a bottle of SEM soap and grab a soft cloth to give the plastic and vinyl components of your car’s inner sidings some shimmer. Meanwhile, some simple club soda in a spray bottle can help to get rid of dirt and muck from your seats.
Check Your Fluids and Tire Pressure
After scrubbing down the inside of your car, it’s worth checking on the technical aspects as well. Lift your hood and check the fluids to ensure you don’t run out of anything. Drive over to a local mechanic and get the oil changed. Checking your tire tread is also helpful. A tip for how to do so: place a penny upside-down in the tread of your tire. If you can see the tip of Lincoln’s head, the tread is getting worn, so it’s time to consider upgrading to something newer.
With these tips in mind, your car’s interior will look fresher than ever. Plus, your vehicle will be running better than it ever has. Happy cleaning, everyone!
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