Road trips can get pretty messy—you’ll probably come home with a backseat full of trash, carpet covered in spilled drinks, and food crushed into the upholstery. So if you’re just getting home and realizing what a mess you have to clean up, follow these tips on how to clean inside your car.
Items to clean:
The first thing to do is clean all the trash out of your car, which is the easiest part. Next you’ll want to vacuum the carpets and the seating, especially if you have cloth seats. Buy some cleaning products that are made for whatever kind of interior you have. Cloth, vinyl, and leather all require different products to keep the material in good shape.
If you have stains on your carpet or cloth seats, treat with a stain lifter and follow the instructions on the can. You don’t want to leave stains—they can seep into the carpet or seats and start to smell! Scrub the carpet, dab it dry with a cloth, and vacuum again.
You may also want to clean the dashboard and inside the windshield and windows. Go and grab some glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels. Glass cleaner works on the dash too!
Lingering smells can bother everyone, including the driver themselves. Not only can they be bothersome, unwanted smells can also lowered your car’s resale value. Luckily for you, getting rid of unwanted smells is easy if you have some common household items. Here’s how to remove smells from a car from us here at Joseph Auto!
- Newspaper – As it turns out, not all newspapers are going digital. Physical newspapers may seem outdated, but they happen to be very good as absorbing and removing unwanted smells. Just throw a few crumpled pages into your car, preferably near the source of the smell, and the smell will be gone in a few hours.
- Cat Litter – If you have a feline companion, odds are you already have cat litter lying around the house. Designed to remove odors, a bowl of cat litter will leave your car virtually odorless relatively quickly.
- Coffee Grounds – Part of a driver’s morning routine, a cup of coffee can go a long way. Fresh coffee grounds can be just as useful for your car as coffee is for you. Placing a bowl of your favorite coffee grounds for the day will result in a fresh mocha scent before you know it!