Tips on Keeping Your Cars Interior Clean

Tips on Keeping Your Cars Interior Clean

Brought to you by Dave Smith Motors

We spend as much time, if not more, in our cars as we do in our houses. Why don't we clean our cars as much as we do our homes, probably because it is a pain? At Dave Smith Motors' the service team decided to put a list together to help make this chore a little easier. We hope they help!

Why is it better to spray the towel than the glass when cleaning my window?

If you don't have them, you need to get floor mats ASAP! They help save your car's carpets, and once a week, you should shake them off yours. Make sure to shake or brush off any dirt that has collected over the last few days. Now, let's throw out all those coffee cups and fast food bags that may have stacked up over the week. Using a damp cloth, wipe down the dash, door panels, and anything else that is either plastic or vinyl. Microfiber towels are the best as they leave the surface lint and are dust-free. Spray a towel with a glass cleaner and wipe off the windows and mirrors. It is best to spray the towel instead of the glass as you won't have run marks.

What will happen if I don't use a UV protectant on my car?

Once a month, you should do a more intense interior cleaning. Start with buying a UV protectant for your dash, door panels, and any surface that is plastic, leather, or vinyl. You will want to apply this to all those areas, paying close attention to the areas with the most sun exposure. The sun's rays will fade and crack the surfaces of our cars over time if not protected. Next is vacuuming; you will want to start with the seats, then the center console. You want to save the carpets for last as dirt will fall off the seats and center console as you are working, and you don't want to vacuum the carpets twice.

Vacuuming tips for the best results

When you are vacuuming your car's interior, you should start by taking the floor mats out and giving them a good shake. Using the crevice tool of your vacuum, clean the front seats making sure to get in between the cracks and between the seats. Now push the seats as far back as they will go to allow you access to the entire carpet area. You will want to use the upholstery tool or the bare hose end of your vacuum for this part. When vacuuming your carpets, Pro tip, hit the carpet just ahead of where you are vacuuming with your hand. This helps loosen up and dirty that is lodged deep in the carpet. Now it's on to the back to clean the rear seats as you did in the front. Move the front seats all the way forward, again using the crevice tool of the vacuum to get into the cracks of the seats, between the seats, and tight carpeted areas. When vacuuming the rear carpet, make sure to clean under the front seats and around the seat tracks. The round dust brush tool works great for this part. Now you are done, you can put your floor mats back in and head out!

Dave Smith Motors is here to help!

The service team at Dave Smith Motors understands the importance of the investment you made when you purchased your vehicle. We hope these tips help you keep that investment in the best shape possible. If there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to stop into our service department and speak with one of our knowledgeable service advisors.

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