How To Keep Your Car Clean And Hygienic

A cluttered car with stained seats, food crumbs, trash and musty odour is hardly an inviting place. With our daily commutes, errands, shopping and those weekly outings, we are spending a lot of time in our vehicles. If we are spending so much time in a small space, it makes sense to keep it clean and hygienic. With a little care, you can keep your car interior the way it was when you bought it. Here are some car cleaning tips to help you.

Don’t Carry Unnecessary Things

Don’t store anything in your car unless you need it for every trip. There is no point in cluttering your car with things like toys, gym bags, books and magazines. Besides adding to the stress, such items take up valuable space that can be put to better use.

Don’t Throw Trash Around

Unless you are careful, trash will quickly accumulate in your car. If you throw stuff like chocolate wrappers, empty bottles and food containers around, you have to spend time to clean it up later. You can make life easier by keeping a plastic trash bag in the car to put all the trash until you are able to get rid of it. Besides keeping your car clutter free, this will reduce the chances of things spilling and staining the mats or seats.

Make An Emergency Cleaning Kit For Your Car

Anyone who has travelled with toddlers knows that spills, crumbs and dropped chocolates are inevitable. Spills do less damage if they are cleaned up quickly. Keep a box of tissues handy.
Your cleaning kit should include a rag and a mild cleaning solution. This will allow you to clean up spills before they can do major damage. You can also use them for quick cleaning when you are waiting in the car for something. Avoid strong cleaners, especially those that contain alcohol. Some cleaners can dry up upholstery materials, which will make them degrade faster. Before using any cleaning product on your car for the first time, test it on a less visible area.

Use The Right Type Of Floor Mats

Muddy shoes, snow and sand can create a mess on the mats. If this is a common occurrence for you, consider getting floor mats that can be used in any weather. They are also easier to clean.

Do A Thorough Cleaning At Least Once In A Month

Remove any unnecessary items and the floor mats from the car. Depending on the material, you can wash or vacuum the floor mats. Vacuum the interiors, especially the upholstery. Moving the front seats back will make it easier to access all areas. After cleaning, don’t forget to return the seats to the usual position. Return the floor mats to the car once they are completely dry.

Unless you clean and condition them, leather will dry and crack. Clean leather seats with a soft brush and a suitable cleaner. For deep cleaning of upholstery, use a suitable shampoo. Your car manual may contain cleaning instructions. Use a stain remover to get rid of tough stains.

Wipe hard surfaces with a rag moistened with a mild cleaner. Use a microfibre cloth and an ammonia-free glass cleaner to clean the insides of the windscreens and windows. Check if a cleaner is safe before using it on tinted windows. Dust and grime will accumulate in minute gaps like the space around the buttons on the dashboard. You can try sucking it out with a low-power vacuum cleaner or you can use a lightly moistened cotton bud to clean it.

Preventing Odours

You can prevent odours by keeping the upholstery clean and dry. Using dryer sheets under the seats and a good car deodoriser will help.

Protect Your Car From Sunlight

Direct sunlight causes materials to fade, plastics to deteriorate and vinyl to crack. If you regularly park your car for a long time in the sun, use sunshades to protect the interiors. It will also keep your car cool.

Regular cleaning and periodic servicing at a good garage is the best way to keep your car in good condition and maintain its value. For car service in Manchester, use our quick quote form to get a competitive quote from one of our exclusive service providers. Have a look at the services we offer. You will get convenient and quality service at much better rates than the dealer.  

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