How to Keep your Car Clean
Cars are an indispensable asset that makes life easier for everyone. Cars get you where you need to be and can gradually begin to feel like a mobile home. We spend a lot of time in our cars. In fact, studies show that the average person spends over 37, 935 hours in their car in a lifetime.
With this large amount of time spent in our cars, it is only natural to ensure that it is kept clean and organised. A clean vehicle saves you from embarrassment when someone else gets in, and it is vital for safety while driving.
Cars can stay clean if you are a truly immaculate person and you stay all by yourself, but it is the opposite when you have some constant company. Pets can mess up the car quite quickly and so can children. So, when you have kids or a pet, it can get frustrating to keep the interior of the car organised.
At Glimmr cleaning company in Birmingham, we can help you maintain that clean and organised vehicle. If you feel overwhelmed or too busy to clean your car, we can ensure you save time and energy. But if this option is not entirely feasible for you, then we can still be of assistance with our effective methods to clean and organise a vehicle.
To begin, you will need to gather your cleaning supplies.
- Cleaning materials to keep the car clean
- White Vinegar
- Microfibre cloth
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Essential oils
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby wipes
- Car cleaner (optional)
8 Ways to Keep Your Car Clean
Your car is a natural clutter spot for a lot of items. The kids can throw used products on the floor or leave their toys stuck under the seats. Whatever form your car clutter or litter takes, pick them all up. Check the entire car properly especially under the seats and discard of unwanted items. Set aside those items that will be returned to the house.
2. Tackle the floormats
Floormats get messy quickly because their integrity depends on where our shoes have been. If you are lucky and your floor mat is only covered in dust and little dirt, then you can just shake them out. On the other hand, if they have accumulated dirt that won’t be so easily removed, set them aside for a deep clean.
3. Vacuum everything
As professional cleaners in Birmingham, we always emphasise the need for a user friendly vacuum with a few attachments for flexible use. Use your vacuum on everything. Change the attachments where necessary but be sure to get into most corners, vents and surfaces. Vacuum the seats, glove compartments, dashboard, floor mats, console and so on.
4. Wipe down everything
Car cleaners are quite expensive and may not be a convenient choice. If this is the case use baby wipes to wipe down all the interior car surfaces until they are clean and shiny. Complement this process with polish and buff.
5. Tackle Cupholders
Cupholders are culprits of accumulated dirt and grime. They are easy to overlook, but it is necessary to clean them. Use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe the cupholder. Dip a Q-tip in water or vinegar and use it to clean those hard to reach corners.
6. Clean the Windows
The car windows are an instant giveaway if you haven’t cleaned your car in a while. Mix ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of alcohol and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray on all the car windows. Cars have commercial window cleaners, but this is an efficient and cost-effective homemade window cleaner. Use the microfibre cloth to avoid streaks and wipe them clean.
7. Recreate that fresh car smell
After a thorough cleaning of the car interior, it is fulfilling to experience that new car smell. Here is an easy way to freshen up car carpets.
Mix 10-20 drops of essential oil with 2 cups of baking soda. Shake and let it sit in a jar for 24 hours. Afterwards, sprinkle the mixture on the carpets and leave for at least 30 minutes or an hour. Next, vacuum the carpets and take in that new car smell.
8. Finish with the exterior
With the interior of your car looking brand new, all that’s left is to wash the outside of the vehicle. You can share this task and make it a fun family moment. Fill a bucket with water and suitable soap. Park the car in a shady place to avoid direct sunlight. Close all the car doors and windows before you begin. Wash all the sides with a soft sponge or cloth dunked in the soapy water. Use a bucket of clean water to rinse the car. Wash the tires last because they are particularly tricky. Use a wheel brush to clean the tires and rinse them. To finish off, dry the car with a towel or microfibre cloth.
Now, stand back and admire your hard work.
Simple tips to keep the car organised
- Keep a trash bag or basket in the car to avoid clutter
- Line the cupholders with silicone baking cups, to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime in those hidden corners.
- Purchase a car organiser to keep your children’s crayons, books, iPad and toys. It is also useful to store items that come in handy when you drive.
- Use seat hangars or car hooks to hang your bags especially grocery bags. They prevent the contents from spilling as you drive or make a sharp turn.
- Keep baby wipes handy to tackle dirt and dust
- Deal with stains immediately they occur to prevent them from setting in and defacing your car.
- Keep pets in a carrier for safety and to reduce pet hair in the car.
- Find more creative ways to stay clean and organised.
With these tips, your deep cleaning exercise can be much more comfortable and less time-consuming. Glimmr can offer you cleaning services in Birmingham city centre to make your routine even more effective. Do not hesitate to book a one-off cleaning in Birmingham city centre with Glimmr.