Getting started on your spring cleaning? Don’t neglect your car.
The average American commuter spends more than 38 hours on the road each year; those who live in major metropolitan cities nearly double that. As someone who used to commute two hours per day, I know well that added time spent in the car causes dirt and junk to accumulate quickly.
A clean automobile interior can boost both your health and your car’s trade-in or resale value. Follow the spring cleaning tips below to get your car ready for cruising weather.
Start your spring cleaning by decluttering your car. Old coffee cups, dirty gym clothes, and used napkins have no business in your automobile. A mobile garbage can is an affordable way to centralize trash. Accessories like sunglasses, ice scrapers, and chargers are also more useful when accessible during travel. An organized interior gives you one less thing to worry about on the road!
Automobile dust and dirt can make you sick. To combat illness, vacuum your car’s interior early in your spring cleaning. Shop vacs or other high-powered machines work better than compact ones. Leave no carpet fiber untouched; remove and clean floor mats, and use attachments to vacuum in vents and other hard-to-reach places. Your respiratory system will thank you later.
WIPE IT DOWN.
Body shops typically carry a wide selection of automobile upholstery products, and household cleaners work just as well in your car. Regardless of what you choose, apply any liquids with damp rags rather than sponges. Excess water in sponges can rust metal or trap moisture under fabric. Wiping liquid in a circular motion and drying with a lint-free cloth also helps to prevent streaks.
Spring and summer sun can heat up the interior of your car, causing carpet fibers to wear and making interior plastic dry and crack. A good silicone lubricant can protect dashboards, weather stripping, and floor mats. If tinting your windows isn’t an option, invest in an interior sun shade to block harmful UV rays and cool the inside of your ride.
Freshening up is the final spring cleaning touch; a little aromatherapy can help you de-stress in the worst of traffic jams. Make sure that you choose natural, non-toxic air fresheners like the options available here.
Once you’ve completed cleaning, you’re ready to hit the road for an enjoyable spring road trip!