A safe and reliable vehicle is typically one of the most expensive and important investments a person can make. Because a vehicle is a depreciating asset, it makes perfect sense to take good care of it so that its value stays up as long as possible. Many also prefer to keep a clean car simply because of the large amount of time they spend in the vehicle. Regardless of individual reasoning, the most frequent car care activity is cleaning, both inside and out. Here’s what you will want to implement into your car care routine.
Regular maintenance can keep mechanical odors from entering your car’s carriage, and keep the air filtering through properly. For example, if the exhaust of your car needs replacing, you will be able to smell this. Air filters also require regular checks and replacement as necessary. Other components simply last longer and function better when kept clean.
Keep Your Moistened Wipes Close
Always have a pack of pre-moistened wipes on hand in your car. Some stains on your vehicle’s interior can become permanent marks when not promptly and thoroughly cleaned. An accidental spill may seem minor but might leave a mark if not attended to promptly. Even without foreign liquids or spills, use these wipes to quickly rub down your vehicle, going for open surfaces and small crevices alike. Ensure that you regularly wipe down your steering, dashboard, and seats for a consistently clean look.
Clean Out Your Mats Regularly
We get rid of dirt in mats by vacuuming, and considering that they pick dust quickly, shaking them out increases cleanliness and the frequency between thorough cleaning. Dusty rugs also make the car stuffy, considering that for extended periods, your car windows stay up when the vehicle is not in use. When cleaning, remember to dust the surrounding area on the floor of your car, as well.
Carry a Trash Container
Having a means of disposing waste while in the vehicle means that you don’t leave anything dirty on the floor or in the cup holders. Plastic bags, in particular, work well because they contain all moisture and small amounts of liquid efficiently. You can then dispose of this trash bag anytime you find a real trash can nearby.
Keep Your Seats Clean
Kids and pets, in particular, regularly leave dirt, food, and fur stuck to the seats of your car. When cleaning the seats, go for the cushion seams and any other small spaces that may hold crumbs or dirt. A moist towel will typically do the trick, but some car owners invest in specialized seat cleaning solutions.
Car exteriors are relatively easy to clean, with a simple drive-through car wash deemed sufficient. However, the interior demands consistency, and to some extent, innovation. With your vehicle spending most hours of the day with windows rolled up, dirt and mold quickly set in and bring an unpleasant odor.
If something on your interior or exterior is broken or damaged beyond repair, check out the inventory at Robertson’s Auto Salvage to see if your item is in stock!