While it should be common knowledge that one of the best ways to protect your automobile investment is to wash it regularly, keeping the dangers of rust and corrosion at bay, interior cleaning can often be just as important. While there are detailing experts who will gladly take care of that for you, the fact is that much of what they do can be taken care of at home.
Here are some tips for protecting your investment and maintaining the value of your vehicle by simply cleaning it regularly.
The Details in Detailing
The pros call what they do “detailing,” but it really is just a fancy word for “cleaning,” so don’t let the name complicate it.
First, there are some things that need to be done less often than others. Some weekly cleaning tips include:
- Use a microfiber towel to wipe down solid surfaces, as this will pick up dust and dirt that’s built up since the last cleaning.
- Floor mats are likely to take the most abuse. Shake them out and vacuum them if they really need it.
- If you have a pet, invest in a rubber brush designed for the removal of pet hair. It works quickly and easily, much faster than a lint roller.
Now, if you miss those every once in a while, it’s not the end of the world. But remember to find time for them when you handle monthly cleaning such as:
- Cleaning your vinyl surfaces with a special detailing solution. They also have solutions for leather, so make sure you have the right one before applying it.
- Use spot eliminators and/or a carpet scrub brush to take care of any spills that have left marks.
- Use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner over your upholstery.
If there are any strange odors, that could be a sign of some spill you just can’t see. Perhaps it soaked in unnoticed into your upholstery, but there are some great products that can take care of them, some of which are even designed to restore that “new car” smell as well. Visit your local dealership or detailing center for more information on what odor elimination options are available.
At the end of the day, sure, you can pay someone to do it for you, but not only do you save money by doing it yourself, it can be pretty rewarding too. Just be sure to always follow the directions on the equipment you’re using.
January 11, 2013 by Jamie Rettig