Automotive

8 tips for keeping the interior of your car clean

A tidy house means a tidy mind, but what does a tidy car mean? Well, it usually means it is kept in good condition ready to give unexpected lifts and able to achieve its highest value when put up for sale. Of course, keeping the interior of your car clean and organised is sometimes easier said than done, so here, Car Mats share their top tips on how to do it!

  • Use a bin

One of the biggest things that can make a car interior look messy is the rubbish that we store. Whether it is parking tickets, sweet rappers or tissues, we often don’t have anywhere to dispose of little bits of rubbish while we are driving so, they tend to end up stuffed into pockets or thrown onto the floor.

It is now possible to buy small rubbish bins that will fit into the door pockets or cup holders of your car that give you somewhere to put all this debris, which can then be easily emptied out in a few seconds, rather than needing the full car clean that we are all guilty of putting off.

  • Protect your car

Your car can soon start to look scruffy and unloved through genera wear and tear, but there are ways that you can stop this from happening. Good quality, durable car mats can protect your carpets, and stop things such as mould, mildew and bad odours from building up. Seat covers are another way to stop dirt, sweat and dye from your clothes getting onto your car seats. Both of these offers stylish protection but can also be easily removed and clean to ensure that your car always looks its best.

  • Pet problems

It is great to take our pets out and about with us, but they often do not respect your car. A nervous dog, or one that has simply been cooped up in the car for too long could have a little accident all over your seats. They are also responsible for leaving a lot of hair behind and for clawing at your seats even when they don’t mean to.

There is nothing worse than taking your dog on an outdoor adventure and then wondering how you are going to get them home when they have been for a swim or are covered in mud. Buying a dedicated pet cover is the perfect solution as it not only keeps the interior of your car clean and protected, but it also provides and extra layer of comfort and padding to ensure you really do have the most pampered pooch.

  • Use organisers

We carry a lot of stuff around with us in our cars, but we don’t always have anywhere to put it, meaning it rolls about on the floor or takes up space on the seats. Buying an organiser that clips neatly on the back of the seats gives you a great place to hold water bottles, umbrellas, books and magazines. Many of these organisers also have a slot to hold a phone or tablet, allowing young children to watch their favourite films or programmes whilst in the back seat.

  • Act quickly

Some of the worst stains and marks that can be found in the interior of a car occur because they have been left too long. Try to make sure that you have some wipes or absorbent cloths in your car ready to mop up any spillages and wipe away marks as soon as they happen to prevent them from becoming ground in.

  • Buy a car vacuum

A lot of what makes a car seem untidy is the dust and debris that can start to build up. Crumbs from munching snacks, dead skin cells and hair can all build up in the interior of your can no matter how careful you are, and these always seem to build up in the smallest nooks and crannies. Getting a small car vacuum can help you get into the folds of the seats, down the side of your chairs and even into the cup holders, to make sure you get rid of everything quickly and easily.

  • Don’t let things build up

Once you have thrown an umbrella in your boot, you often daren’t take it out again in case you need it. Then there’s those camping chairs that might just come in handy. Of course, it’s always useful to have a pen in the car, and a few snacks for the kids. You might want to keep a few dog toys in the car, and maybe an extra cushion.

Before you know it, half of your house is in the back of your car, and there is very little room for passengers. Not only will dragging all of this extra weight around cost you a fortune in extra fuel, but it also makes the car look extremely cluttered. Make sure you sort through everything to see what you really need, and then get everything else packed away so that you can just get it out when you need it.

  • Clean your cup holders

You cup holders can be one of the first things to get grimy in your car. Whether it is from leaks, dribbles down the side of the cup, or the sweets and pens that you choose to keep in there instead, bacteria can build up pretty quickly. Once they get dirty, they are notoriously difficult to clean so try putting an old sick over a travel cup and spraying it with cleaning solution. Then simply put it into the cup holder and twist to shift all of the grime.

Your car is one of your biggest investments and somewhere that many of us spend quite a lot of time. It is therefore important to make sure it stays clean and hygienic for you, your friends and your family to use. By taking care of the interior as much as the exterior, you can also help to improve its value when the time comes to sell it on.

Thaddeus Rudy
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