Driving a clean car can reduce stress and help you start your day with a positive attitude! Although cleaning the car may not be your favorite activity – think of the benefits and the end result.
Spot-less Seat Covers
Start with the seats. Depending on the type of seat covers in your car – cloth, vinyl, or leather – you will need to use different cleaning products. After vacuuming up loose debris spot clean stains from cloth seats. If your pets frequently ride in the car – a lint remover could be your best friend. Vinyl can be wiped down with a water and vinegar mixture and leather should be cleaned with leather conditioner. Use a soft cloth to dry the seats and polish the vinyl or leather.
Tidy Floor Mats
The next areas you should tackle are the carpets and floor mats. If you have good floor mats – the carpet will be easy. Shake out rubber mats and then use a garden hose and a household cleaner to blast out the goo and grime. Hang the mats over a chair to dry while you work on the carpet. Use your shop vac to suck up all the gravel and dirt from the carpet. Move the seats forward and use attachments to get into all the crevices. If the car has a funky smell – sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and let sit for about 15 minutes and then vacuum up. Finally – put the dry car mats back in place.
Disinfected Cup holders
One of the worst areas in the entire car to clean are the cup holders. You might want to find some gloves for this portion of the job. First, you need to clean out all of the debris – you might even make a couple dollars in loose change and treat yourself to a coffee after finishing the job. Remember – you need to clean all of the cup holders including the ones in the backseat! Spray a household cleaner into the holder. Next, use a disinfectant wipe to scoop out all the nastiness. Make sure you have a bag nearby where you can dispose of the wipe. After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting – you might want to invest in a rubber liner or a silicone cupcake wrapper to place in each cup holder. You can easily remove these and clean on a regular basis.
Your next stop on the cleaning train is the dashboard. This is one of the most tedious areas – but also important. You should first use your vacuum to suck up all the loose material. Then take a small paint brush and clean out the vents and around the controls. If you can still see dirt in the crevices, use a bottle of compressed air and blast away the dust. Cotton swabs are also useful to get into tight spaces. Finally, use a clean cloth to wipe away the dirt. Depending on the type of material, you can use the same cleaner you use to clean dust surfaces in the house.
Finish the cleaning process with attention to the windows and mirrors. You can use a glass cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar. If you want streak free windows – be sure to use a clean microfiber cloth. Windows that are tinted may also need special attention. Use water to clean the dirt and grime from the entire window (roll down the window to be sure to get the top portion) and wipe up any drips from the dashboard.
Once you are finished and your ride is clean and smelling fresh, reward yourself with a treat purchased with the extra money you found while vacuuming and cleaning the car and enjoy a stress-free afternoon.