Who wants to drive around in a dirty car? No one, that’s the answer. However, every car owner knows how time consuming it can be to make sure that your car is always clean, and this is then intensified it you have children. While it is only natural that your car will not remain looking brand-new forever, there are still a lot of things you could do to make sure that it looks presentable. With that in mind, we have come up with a bunch of tips to help you keep your car looking fresh and extend the lifespan.
Windscreen/Wipers – To improve visibility you should always make sure that your windscreen is spotless. First off, wash the windscreen with soap and water and a clean cloth, remember to lift the windscreen wiper and wash underneath it. While the wipers are up you should take the time to wipe the wipers, and after wiping you can rub the edges with alcohol to prevent smears in the screen. After washing, use a dry clean cloth to give it a once over. While you’re at it, you can also check the wiper fluids, sometimes dirt and debris can be trapped inside which can create scratches and cracks on the screen.
Floor Mats – Your floor mats have the potential to harbour dust, debris, dirt and other things. It is important to make sure that you are cleaning underneath your floor boards occasionally. If you are driving with children in the car it might be harder to keep the car clean with the potential for spills and stains. If you notice spilled liquid on the floor mats you should always address it immediately to avoid rust developing under the mat.
Hair and Dander – If you drive around with pets in the car, then you will no doubt have to deal with stray hairs all over the car. If this is the case you can use a vacuum cleaner to get most of the hair, or you could use a lint roller to get the air in tough corners.
Tyres/Wheel – It is not too difficult to get your wheels shinning and tyres looking new, driving on shinny silver wheels can look amazing but they attract dust and dirt like nothing else. You can easily rectify this by bleaching your wheels. To do this all you have to do is to sprinkle the baking soda onto a damp clean rag and give it a hard scrub. While you’re at it, you should also give your tyres a once over. You can do this by checking your tyre pressure, tyre balance and tyre pressure. To save some time you should consider investing in a portable gauge that you can keep in your glove compartment for easy access.
Smells – If your car is not as new then it’ll probably be full of a variety of smells. Spilt food, cigarettes, drinks and any other nasty spills will leave the car smelling bad. To tackle the smells, you can use baking soda. All you have to do is sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto the fabrics and leave to soak for a few hours. After a few hours, you can vacuum the remaining powder from the surface.
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