You just purchased a new car and now you battle with keeping your new car clean. With children, everyday errands and a busy schedule, it can be hard to control mess. It’s always best to keep the interior clean, and developing these habits now will make tidying up easier later.
Start by removing toys, car seats and other items from the car. When everything is out of the way, cleaning will be easier. While you’re at it, you may want to vacuum the car seat, too.
Remove the mats and vacuum the carpets and seats. This will allow you to look for stains and troublesome areas. Use your vacuum’s attachments to reach under the seats, the door panels, between crevices and other hard-to-reach areas.
Look for stains. If you see spots that weren’t vacuumed up, use an upholstery cleaner that is safe for your car’s interior. (Always test this first.) Spray the cleaner over the area, then rub it in to penetrate the stain. Follow the instructions on the cleaner.
If your car’s interior is made of leather, make sure you use a soft cloth rather than paper towels, which can scratch the surface. Always follow up with a clean cloth to avoid slippery surfaces (especially the steering wheel).
Use a glass cleaner to clean the windows. Newspaper is great for leaving less streaks on the glass, though paper towels work well, too.
Consider purchasing an air freshener to make the car smell good. It’s also a great idea to add a small trash bag for less mess next time.
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