One of the best ways to extend the life of your car, and help retain its value should you decide to sell it someday, is to keep the interior clean on an ongoing basis. For many of us who spend a great deal of time in our vehicles, this can be a challenge. The good news is there are some simple things that you can do on a day to day basis that will help keep your car tidy, neat and clean. Here are ten tips for helping you maintain a nice car interior.
Avoid Eating Inside – Food is one of the biggest contributors to a messy car interior. Eating while driving (or even while parked) can result in crumbs and clutter, with empty
cartons and containers taking up residence on the floor, under seats and in the back. Avoid this mess by keeping your car a dine-free zone.
Stomp Your Feet – Your shoes track everything from dirt and mud to water and snow into your vehicle. You can keep most of this debris out of your car by knocking it off your shoes prior to putting them on your vehicle floor. Simply sit on your seat keeping both feet out of the car, and bang them together. Then, swivel your feet – minus all that buildup – into the vehicle.
Stay on Top of It – Don’t wait until you’ve got piles of junk in your car to start the cleanup process. Instead, stay on top of the process by removing trash regularly, cleaning up spills right away and having your car detailed on a regular basis at your Nashville carwash.
Protect Carpets – The constant movement of your feet on the carpets of your car can cause them to wear quickly. Cut down on this wear and tear by placing rubber mats over them. This will also make cleaning your floors easier when the time comes.
Keep Windows Closed – If you’re in the habit of keeping your windows or sunroof open a small crack when your car is parked, you’re probably dealing with a higher amount of dust and dirt buildup within. Make it a point to close all windows whenever you’re not in your vehicle to cut down on this.
Bring Something, Take Something – Another great way to cut down on clutter is to make a habit of taking at least one item out of your car whenever you get out. As long as you’re not bringing something in with you every time, you should start to notice the piles getting smaller over time. You’ll also have much less to deal with when you bring your car to your Nashville carwash to be detailed.
Keep Baby Wipes Handy – For quick and easy cleanup of spills and to keep dust at bay, keep a container of baby wipes in your glove box or center console and use them regularly.
Vacuum Regularly – Keep your car interior cleaner in between professional detailing from your Nashville carwash by making a point to vacuum regularly. This can help cut
down on dirt, both on seats and on car floors, which will help the entire interior last longer.
Create an Emergency Cleanup Kit – You never know when you might need to stop and clean up a mess in your car, so it’s a good idea to keep a kit in your car that contains all the items you’ll need to get the situation under control wherever you happen to be. Include several plastic bags, paper towels, glass cleaner, carpet cleaner and hand towels and store the kit in your trunk.
Get Organized – Cut down on clutter by keeping the interior of your car as organized as your home or office. There are a number of products on the market today that are specifically designed for interior vehicle organization, such as those that attach to the backseat.
A clean car, inside and out, is a much more valuable asset over time. By employing these tips, and taking your vehicle to Wash N’ Roll Car Wash on a regular basis, you’ll get a much greater return on your investment in the long run. See you soon!