The step-by-step guide to hand washing your carJuly 16, 2019
It is safe to say that your car is your little personal space. If you spend a good portion of your time commuting through traffic, you likely contribute to a bit of a mess inside. There is no denying the fact that you cannot just allow the place to become a mess. Without cleaning it, that is the scenario you are looking at.
While you may stay on top of the general cleaning of the exterior and parts of the interior, it is worth investing a bit more effort to clean some spots that people often forget. In this article, you will find a shortlist of such areas that people forget to clean their cars:
- The trunk – apart from tossing in your groceries and whatever it is you need to transport, you don’t use the trunk. The truth of the matter is that this area of the car can get rather grimy quickly, especially if you put luggage, garden supplies, and rolling luggage. The good news is that the trunk likely has a tough carpet, which can take some cleaning. While you are vacuuming and cleaning there, do not forget to clean under the spare lid, which is where dirt, road salt, and moisture accumulates. Clean the area even if you haven’t used the spare tire recently.
- The carpets – while giving the mat a good shake outside the vehicle and a good vacuum are pretty much no-brainer activities, you must not forget to clean under the mats. With lots of nooks and crannies in there, the area is undoubtedly full of dirt and dust. You can use deodorising foam to clean the area underneath the pedals, which is where most of the grime tends to concentrate anyway.
- Cup holders – if you have had an accident with a drink while it was seated in the cup holder, you need to do a thorough clean of the area. A spilled liquid that dries up in the sun inside the cup holder can introduce a sticky mess, which you won’t even notice if you don’t use the area again. It pays to invest some effort to clean the area when you are dealing with the interior of the vehicle. Get in there with a toothbrush and give the area a good scrub.
- Headliner – if you have to admit it, you will probably say that it was not recently when you cleaned your headliner. That area of the interior harbours smells and stains that occur from arm stretching and who knows what. You can clean the area with a gentle solution to combat the odours and stains. Don’t forget to treat stains the right way – by blotting, not rubbing or scrubbing them. That way you will restore its looks in a short time.
- Seats – vacuuming the seats is undoubtedly a chore you do, but how often do you remember to clean the little seams between the bolsters? Those areas trap dirt and dust. If you leave the area unattended, all of the small bits of food and other debris that end up there will start wearing out the stitching and the cushions. Needless to say, that is not a situation you want to find yourself in, and so you need to pay more attention there. Vacuum up and utilise special solutions to get to the area and clean the debris from there. For detailed information on how to clean the inside of your car, simply read our blog on the topic.
Now that you know how to clean these areas of your car, it will look and feel even better after each cleaning session!
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