For many people, their car is the biggest investment they will make outside of their homes. You want to keep it looking like-new for as long as possible.
So, what are the secret clean car hacks to get -and keep- immaculate interiors and excellent exteriors?
For stains in your car’s interior, mix up a bucket of 50/50 white vinegar and water. Work the solution into the stains and let sit for one hour. Rub with a damp rag and your stain is gone. It also gets rid of any odors. Protect the interior surfaces from the harsh summer sun with a small amount of Vaseline.
Fur from Your Four Legged Friends
This clean car hack is for those who take their dogs with them on their adventures. While their boundless energy is endearing, it also lends to get a backseat covered in dog hair. Use a spray bottle to lightly coat your seats with water, just enough to dampen the fabric. Then use a squeegee to pull up all the hair and leave your seats ready for your non-doggie passengers.
Nooks and Crannies
For those busy folks on the go who eat in their cars, foil cupcake wrappers are a perfect fit for your car’s cup holders. Place in each cup holder, then on car cleaning day, throw them away along with all of your drips and crumbs. Replace them and you’re ready for another week on the go.
For other hard to reach areas, bring some cotton swabs or an old toothbrush and get to work!
Stock Your Car
There are few things that are harder on your car than kids! Be prepared for spills and other messes with microfiber cloths, baby wipes, tissues, and napkins. Keep a supply of bags in your car for trash, and reusable bags for hauling in all those important treasures the kids bring to the car.
Keep Your Exterior Excellent
In addition to the obvious soap and wax, there are some other clean car hacks for keeping your car looking like it just rolled off the lot.
- Keep your headlights shining brightly with toothpaste and some elbow grease.
- Use rubbing alcohol to clean your windshield wipers to keep them from streaking.
- Make an easy and effective tire cleaner from baking soda, dish soap and warm water.
- Remove bumper stickers, parking permits, etc., with a blow dryer to loosen the adhesive. You can then easily remove the sticker.
The best ways to keep your car clean is obviously with regular washing. Many car washes sell punch cards or unlimited monthly passes. Additionally, most car washes have a 48 hour rain check policy. If it rains within a day of you getting your car washed, they will wash it again for free, so keep your receipts. When you do get your car washed, spring for carnauba wax. It protects your car’s finish from the sun and sheds water along with the dirt and detritus that comes with it. The protection lasts from 6 – 8 weeks.
Clean Cars and Sunny Days Ahead
These clean car hacks, along with the warm sunny days, will wash away the dirt and memories of a long, hard winter. Reliable Plus works with some of the best car washes in the Midwest by providing the highest quality cleaning chemicals and waxes and providing highly trained technicians to keep your local car wash providing the best quality wash for your vehicle. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a car wash, maybe you can be the one to start one. Give Reliable Plus a call to find out how you can make your car wash dream a reality.