Keep It Clean, Inside and Out
The cleanness of your vehicle’s interior is just as essential as its exterior. A well-kept interior brings quality to your driving ability and provides the ultimate in comfort and safety. Cleansing the outside can be as easy as a swift trip through the car wash or hand-applying car wash, wax, detailer, and other car exterior cleaning products. The interior of your automobile is a different story because if you would like to keep it clean, you really have to work at it. Here are some tips from Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, Missouri for keeping your vehicle’s interior clean and neat.
Using A Vacuum
The vacuum could be simply the single best tool for keeping your car’s interior clean and disinfected. Not only is it an easy way to get rid of the dirt and debris from under your floor mats to the top of your seats, it's a fantastic way to eliminate the filth that has collected in all the nooks and crannies of your automobile. For ideal results, get in there with a high-powered vacuum which has a hose and attachments so you're able to clear out every crack. A coin operated vacuum cleaner at a car wash is a great place to begin. A quick note about vacuum-cleaning car floor mats: remove them from your vehicle and shake them off to get rid of surplus dirt prior to vacuuming.
Upholstery - Leather
If your vehicle has leather seats, you should keep them looking their best because stained, ripped, and/or cracked seats, apart from being ugly, might also hurt the resale value of your vehicle. A vacuum can, and should, be employed to remove the surface dirt on any type of seat. For a deeper clean, a specialized leather cleaner ought to be used on leather seats (as well as a leather conditioner to safeguard them).
Upholstery - Fabric
While a vacuum cleaner does a fantastic job of eliminating dirt in the carpeting, floor mats, and seats, sometimes these spots need some additional TLC. After all, dirt can often get crushed into the upholstery causing discoloration that remains even after you run the vacuum cleaner. Remove those imperfections by using a carpet and upholstery cleaner. These cleaners are uniquely formulated to deep clean your seats and carpets without soaking them with moisture. You want to avoid significant quantities of moisture as this actually promotes mold growth). For rubber floor mats, a good power wash will get the filth, gook, and grossness out of the vehicle.
Window Of Opportunity
The windows of your vehicle are maybe the most important part of your interior to keep clean. After all, clean windows make for better visibility. Eliminating all the various smudges, fingerprints, and even paw prints – for those who have a pet who often rides along with you – will allow you to see much better while making your automobile just look good. A couple glass cleaners even offer a water repellent formula that beads and wisps away water, enabling better visibility. Just make sure you use something that will not leave behind streaks. Newspaper comes in handy in this instance. It's important to understand that some glass cleaners don't work well with tinted windows and can also damage the heating elements that de-frost and de-fog your windshield. Household glass cleaners have ammonia, which over time will break down the heating unit on your auto glass rendering your windshield defrosters unusable.
Hidden In Plain Sight
Even if you may not notice it all that frequently since you’re busy looking at the road when you drive around West County, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, and Ballwin, Missouri, the dashboard can pick up its fair share of grit and dust. In addition to vacuum-cleaning, utilizing a microfiber dust cloth on the dashboard is a great way to get it looking great again. Once it’s been cleaned, using a protectant on the dashboard will help to lessen fading, cracking, and peeling. These protectants also help with retaining the color of your interior against the sun and its damaging rays. The steering wheel counts as a part of the dashboard so you ought to put some protectant thereon too. If you've passed the point of no return as it pertains to fading, cracking, and peeling dash, seats, or steering wheel, it may make sense to acquire a dash cover, steering wheel cover, or seat cover.
Who’d Have Trunk It?
You must be thinking, the trunk? What does it make a difference if the trunk area is dirty? No one sits in there. From an absolutely aesthetic perspective, having a sloppy trunk is not an issue. Nevertheless, did you know that having a cluttered trunk can affect your vehicle’s gas mileage? Keeping items in there when you are driving all over Chesterfield, MO can add weight to your automobile, which causes the engine to work harder when you drive, thus burning up more fuel. If you do not absolutely need to carry something around in your trunk on a particular day, it should be empty. Your wallet will thank you. Admittedly we understand that there are situations where trunk storage is required. When this takes place, Car Craft Chesterfield recommends keeping your vehicle’s trunk organized, granting you quick access to the items you'll need.
Organize For Success
Now that you’re squeaky clean, make sure your vehicle is organized. Organizing your car keeps out the clutter, making interior upkeep much easier. Car organization items are designed with function in mind and are ideal for those of us who bring items with us while traveling. If you keep items in your trunk, a trunk organizer might be the best option for you. Things like visor organizers, dash caddies, and seat organizers keep the mess in check while letting you quickly and easily vacuum up debris.
If you've got any other questions regarding car maintenance, auto body repair, or driving safety, come to Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO and we’d be happy to help get you back on the right track.