I tend to clean my car when it needs it. Sometimes I wait too long and dirt can get ground into the carpet and spills are more difficult to remove. There are a few tips that I've learned to help me when I need to clean my truck and make it look beautiful again.
When cleaning a car, one of the most important tips I've found has helped me is to have access to everything I need when I need it. That means having a vacuum available and cleaning products on hand When I need them.
As I've cleaned my truck over the years, I've found that being organized and having what I need for the job available makes all the difference. If you have a car you plan to keep it more than a year, or your leasing your car, keeping it clean can make all the difference for resell value and your personal sense of happiness.
Tips for Organizing Your Supplies
Keeping organized can make the different for me between cleaning and not cleaning my car. I need to be able to find the items I need easily, so I can get the job done within the time I have planned. An organized area for your car cleaning products will likely help you feel more capable and ready to tackle the challenge.
Some people have a garage set up for all their tools and car cleaning supplies, and storage. If your garage is like mine, you may not have room for your car or just about anything else. What should I do with little space available?
My solution was to buy shelving, so I could stack items and then place all the car cleaning supplies together in containers so I know exactly where things are. Here are some things you might want to try:
Tips for Cleaning with Your Vacuum
Whether you go to a car wash center or vacuum your car at home, vacuuming can make all the difference between feeling like you have a dingy old car or a fresh clean car.
Sometimes a deep cleaning is needed in order to get some stains out and remove all the debris that has accumulate over the months.
Your pride in ownership will start to show when you have a nice car to drive each day, and you'll likely have a more positive feeling while driving a freshly cleaned car.
Here are some tips that can help you achieve that clean car interior a bit easier:
Tips for Cleaning the Plastic, Vinyl, and Rubber
While plastics, rubber, and vinyl areas inside your car are likely to last a long time, protecting them with a good conditioning spray or liquid will keep them looking new and lasting much longer.
Your car can be protected much better if garaged or placed out of the sun. Weathering can impact the exterior and interior of your car. Adding a protective layer against heat, dryness, and the sun can help you car weather the elements better.
It's amazing how you can make a dirty car look new again with a bit of effort. Here are some tips that can help you protect you car's plastic, rubber, and vinyl interior:
Tips for Cleaning Your Steering Wheel
A steering wheel is important to keep clean as well as easy to grip. Some spray that help clean other plastic and vinyl areas leave a slippery surface that is hard to hold.
Be sure to keep your steering wheel clean to prevent the spread of germs and protected it so it looks and last for a long time.
Here are some tips that can help you achieve your goals:
Tips for Cleaning Mats
When taking care of your car's carpet, your car's mats will do a great job. If you clean them regularly your car will be able to handle plenty of dirty situations.
The mats can be an effective guard against water, snow, dirt, and food. If you replace your mats for something sturdier and water proof, your carpet will likely look great for the life of your car.
Here are some tips for maintaining your mats:
Tips for Cleaning Time Management
We all have a limited amount of time and energy to accomplish our goals and cleaning our car may be not be our top priority. It's important to put things into perspective when it comes to using our time for cleaning our vehicle and decide the value it hold for us.
Some things to consider are ability to take time regularly to maintain your vehicle, the cost of DIY cleaning vs having someone else clean your vehicle, resale value when kept clean, and the how you feel when driving your car when it looks and feels clean.
If you have decided on a way of cleaning that works best for you, you can set a regular schedule or cleaning so that you can accomplish your goals. Here are some ideas you may want to try:
Time Task Chart
It can be easier to start with smaller tasks on our car until we are more motivated to do larger tasks.
Remember not to buy any new car cleaning gadgets until you have at least regularly committed to cleaning your car about 5 minutes each week. Larger tasks can seem daunting and that new gadget may go unused for years.
Try starting small and getting some tasks done regularly and you will start to feel a sense of accomplishing as you complete tasks that are easier to achieve.
When cleaning your vehicle it helps to have a plan of action, so you know what to do and how long it will take. If your organized, this will improve your chances of creating a good experience and you'll have the supplies you need available.
Starting small can be helpful. Try a task this weekend to help your car look it's best.
I hope you can achieve your cleaning goals, whatever they be. To learn more about cleaning your car check out this article - 12 Common Car Cleaning Mistakes That You Can Avoid.