As the snow continues to melt and the temperatures continue to rise many of us will embark on our yearly ritual of spring cleaning. Our houses, offices, yards, and even our vehicles will get the yearly scrub down, and most likely we’ll be shocked and even somewhat horrified at how dirty our lives and things really were. Cleaning does not have to be scary or challenging; in fact, it can be easy and rather inexpensive. Here are a few helpful cleaning tips when cleaning out your vehicle.
1) Here’s how to clean leather this spring.
Cleaning your car’s interior doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, but you do need to pay attention to the cleaning solution you are buying. Because, there is nothing worse than ruining the interior of any vehicle because you didn’t read the instructions and chose the wrong cleaner. If your car’s seats are leather you will first need to clean the dirt off the seats before you condition. Pay careful attention to the cleaner, if it is irritant to human skin, don’t use it! Here are a few steps to cleaning leather seats in a vehicle:
1) Use a gentle cleaner such as dish soap and a wet rag to lift and clean all the dirt off the seats, don’t soak the seats, and wipe them down.
2) Let the seats dry.
3) Then apply the leather conditioner to the seats with a kitchen sponge. Do not leave any conditioner exposed, rub it all in.
4) Make sure you don’t park your car in direct sun light for a few hours. Make sure if you have any questions to either ask someone you trust and who is proficient in cleaning their vehicle or look up the answer online.
2) Here are a few things to consider when cleaning car mats and dash boards.
You do not have to be as gentle when you clean your vehicle’s mats and dashboard. Be patient with your car’s mats. This is where people put their dirty shoes, so they will get dirty quite frequently. Effective mat cleaning can be done in a few easy steps.
1) Make sure you pick up all the lose items on the floor.
2) Remove the mats and shake them out, you will find that’s an effective way to remove a lot dirt.
3) Vacuum the mats and floor under the mat with a dustbuster or car vacuum.
4) Use a carpet cleaner on the floor or mat if you feel that the vacuum did not clean the area enough.
Dashboards are really quite simple to clean. The most common thing that will appear on dashboards is dust. Any Clorox wipe or all purpose cleaner will do an effective job of cleaning your car’s dashboard.
3) Don’t be afraid to clean your fabric seats.
Let’s face it if you’re like me you wanted to save a few bucks and stay with the fabric seats. Besides leather gets WAY too hot during the summer monthes. Here are a few easy steps to clean fabric seats:
1) Vacuum the seats to remove any loose dirt, hair, crumbs, or other particles.
2) Take a wet cloth and try and scrub any surfacey stains off the seats. My best advice is to treat a stain shortly after it appears, but that is not always an option.
3) Spray auto upholstery or fabric cleaner on the seat. (If you use fabric cleaner make sure it says safe to use on car seats) Don’t saturate the seats. A thin coat is ideal.
4) Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes.
5) Use a wet rag and try and remove any dirt or soiling, and finally use a brush to work at any tough stains.
6) Repeat steps 1 through five for all your car seats.
If you have any questions, need advice, or have a car that has special cleaning needs always ask a professional.