The cold winter months are finally over, now it’s time to start planning for those hot summer days and all the fun that comes along with them.
Since most folks don’t particularly enjoy cleaning in subzero temperatures, your car could probably use some spring cleaning before you head out to the beach or wherever else you spend most of your summer days at.
By the end of winter, your car has likely accumulated lots of dirt and junk, ranging from all the dirt your shoes picked up from walking in the snow and mud, to the junk you simply didn’t bother to throw away during those colds months.
Here are four basic steps that will get your vehicle’s interior clean and ready for spring.
1. Get rid of all the junk
A no-brainer here. The best way to kickoff the spring cleaning process for your vehicle’s interior is by taking out all the trash inside. No need for any expensive tools here, just grab a couple of grocery bags from the kitchen and start filling them up. That way you’re not walking back and forth to the trash can, prompting your neighbors to call the cops to report suspicious activity!
Once you’re done emptying the trash, vacuum the car to get the smaller debris out.
2. Shampoo the interior
Many “do it yourself” carwashes have upholstery cleaners, and this is typically the least expensive way to go about this, costing only a handful of quarters. With an attachment for fabrics, you can also use a carpet cleaner if you happen to have one stashed somewhere.
3. Wipe it all down
With a dashboard cleaner, wipe down everything that isn’t made of fabric or glass inside the car (besides the steering wheel of course). You might also want to have a degreaser handy, since those are better at removing tough stains. Make sure the dashboard cleaner you decide to go with has a fragrance you enjoy, since the smell often lingers on for weeks.
4. Get fresh
Once you have your vehicle’s interior looking good, it’s time to make sure the smell fits the look. Dashboard cleaners help a bit, but you also want to use some sort of air freshener that comes with an odor remover. You need one that can be sprayed on fabrics, and another that continuously delivers freshness to your vehicle over an extended period. Once you’re done, if the weather permits, crack your front windows down a bit and air everything out.
Follow these four tips and you’ll have one of the cleanest vehicles around once summer rolls by.