Spring is a time for fresh beginnings and new starts. Many people use this time of year to start fresh by cleaning their homes. Some people go further and clean their vehicles. Looking to clean the interior of the car, truck, or van? Here are five tips to help you get started.
Clean out the trash:
Start by clearing out any trash and debris that’s not needed. Got an empty soda cup in the backseat? Toss it in the garbage or recycling bin. What about that French fry that fell in between the seats? Grab it and get it into the trashcan. Make sure to clear out and garbage in the trunk space as well. Each time the vehicle is exited, be sure to pick up and remove any pieces of trash. This will help keep the job of cleaning the interior easier next time.
Vacuum the debris:
Using a vacuum cleaner with attachments, vacuum out any dirt, dust, and small debris. Vacuum under the seats, under floor mats, and the seats themselves. Vacuum any other dust from the dashboard. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner with attachments, most do-it-yourself car washes have coin-operated vacuum cleaners to help with the job. Don’t forget about the trunk space.
Clean the dashboard:
There are many products in the car-care aisles in the grocery, department, and automotive stores. Find a product that will clean and help protect the dashboard. Without protection, the sun can damage the exposed dashboard areas, causing cracking. Try the product in an inconspicuous area, just to make sure it isn’t going to do any harm. Not all products are compatible with dashboard materials.
Clean the windows:
Make sure to clean the windows, both inside and outside. Most glass cleaners will work for the job, but make sure to read the label on the bottle to make sure. Use a streak-free towel, unused coffee filter, or newspaper to wipe the cleaner from the glass, to avoid streaking.
Shampoo the carpet and upholstery:
Find an upholstery cleaner for the type of material the carpets and floor mats are made of in the vehicle. Be sure to test the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot, to make sure the cleaner won’t stain or do any damage. Remove the floor mats from the car and clean those separately; allow them to dry before returning to the vehicle. Clean the carpets, and remove any stains. Allow the interior to air-out by leaving the windows open, so an odor doesn’t form, weather permitting of course. Most do-it-yourself carw ashes have coin-operated upholstery cleaners as another option.
Once the vehicle is cleaned, the hard work is ready to be enjoyed.