Summertime is a season filled with soaking up the beautiful outdoors. However, it is important to try and keep the outdoors from coming in. Sand, bugs, pool water, grass, and dirt slowly start to claim territory in spaces such as our homes and cars. By doing small things we can keep our spaces clean from outdoor activities! Here are some tips on keeping your car upholstery and interior clean!
Clean Out Trash
Thoroughly check the car for trash, check for coins, clean the handy pieces with hands like wafer packets and disposables. Use a brush to clean the crumbs, debris, and dirt. Remember to brush lightly so that you don’t plunge the dirt through the fabric and into the seams of seats. Some stores sell mini trash cans that fit perfectly in the back of your car. This can help to stop the gradual buildup of waste such as wrappers, receipts, tissues, and more!
Vacuum Upholstery and Floor
Though we all try our best, crumbs and dirt cling to the interior of our cars. To target this finer dirt and filth, the upholstery and floor needs to be vacuumed. If a vacuum cleaner is available, start vacuuming with a brush head attachment. Vacuum all the debris, loose crumbs, and dirt. Use a nozzle attachment in the vacuum cleaner to clean the seams of seats. If the vacuum cleaner is unavailable, you could approach any car detailer.
Seats: A microfiber cloth soapy water can remove most upholstery stains, even on leather seats. Stir in 2 tablespoons of baking soda to remove odors. Make sure the fabric isn’t soaking wet so you aren’t saturating the surface. If the stain remains, use some rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth to dab (not rub) the stain until it lifts.
Floor: Soapy water also works on most carpet stains. Be sure you don’t get the floor too wet, though, or it can lead to mildew. Use a scrub brush on stubborn stains or even a carpet stain treatment if needed. Once the stain is gone, wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue, or it will just attract more dirt.
Floor mats: Use a garden hose, soapy water, and scrub brush to clean the carpet mats on your driveway. Finish with a blast of plain water to rinse away soap residue. Then move them to dry in a sunny spot.
Apply a Fabric Protectant Spray
After the upholstery is vacuumed and cleaned, it needs to be coated with a protector product to restore its shine and prevent any future staining. Before using the product, test it on some inconspicuous areas on the upholstery and check if it leaves any stain or damage. Spray the fabric protectant spray on the car seats and then allow it some time to dry. Two consecutive light sprays of upholstery protector product will be enough to prevent your car from future smears and stains. It is important to note that this does not apply to leather seats.
This summer keep your car clean by vacuuming, clearing out trash, removing stains, and preventing further ones! This way you can enjoy the wonderful outdoors while being able to take refuge from the heat in a clean, air-conditioned car.
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