Insider’s notes to keeping your car clean and fresh


Do you take your car regularly to the car wash? It is important to keep your vehicle maintained in top condition, and this includes cleaning it both inside and out. You can do it yourself at home from time to time. When a car is new, it’s easy to clean and maintain. But with passing time, and constant exposure to the elements (sunlight, rain, dust, grime, scratches, odours), it starts to get a worn out look.

Cleaning your car, regularly, helps to increase its life span and adds value. In turn, it helps the engine run efficiently as there won’t be any collection of dust particles or grit. You may get your car detailed professionally by auto trimmers in Sydney. Sydney Car Roof Linings are one such expert vehicle trimmers who install, repair, and rejuvenate upholstery, roof linings, interior trim and floor covering of the vehicle. They are experienced in working with all kinds of vehicles. Their team is a brilliant amalgamation of experts who have a passion for art, and a genuine love for cars.

 Tips and tricks to clean your car upholstery

How much time do you spend cleaning the inside of your car, as well as the outside? Or are you one of those people who clean only your vehicle’s exteriors? Shame on you! It’s time to get those cleaning gloves on, and start scrubbing with a purpose. Take a look at these techniques to get your car to be close to spanking new:

  • Cleaning agents: First, get stock of all your cleaning supplies. You will need a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands and keep it tidy. We all have a pair of rags saved for cleaning our cars, stashed away somewhere, right? Go find it! Fill a small bucket with water, rinsing agent like soap (or soap flakes), grab a brush and dustpan for sweeping dust, a scouring brush, a sponge and a thick dry cloth to mop with. That’s a whole lot of tools, but you will need them all. If you have a vacuum cleaner, it will come in handy.
  • Declutter: Start by emptying all the stored items in your car. Don’t we all use our car like a mobile storage unit? Grab a cardboard box, and empty all the contents in the front and back seats, under the seats, in the boot space, wherever you find unwanted junk lying around. Once you have stripped the car clean of all the objects and paraphernalia, move on to dusting. Check for trash under the floor mats and sides of the car doors.
  • Dusting: Like you would do any room, start by dusting the insides with a good quality microfiber duster. You can also use a microfiber towel to get rid of all the dust on the surfaces inside. Clean the air vents using cotton Q-tips by wetting them first, and spreading them across all the vents and grills.  Use a car detail spray and with a clean microfiber cloth, wipe over the areas that you spritz. Go over it twice.
  • Floor mats: Remove all receipts, trash, and whatever is lying on the floor mat of the car, vacuum the floor mats, remove them and deep clean the floor of the car. Push the seats back and forth to capture any hidden junk and dirt. Wash the floor mats with jet sprays of water (use your garden hose), and leave them to dry out in the sun. Use a hand brush to sweep and scrub between the grooves of the mat. This is a spot where a lot of dirt gets collected.
  • Seats: Depending on the material used for the seat, the cleaning technique varies. If you are looking at cleaning leather, use a good quality leather-cleaning product. Use a microfiber towel to wipe them down. If the seats are made of fabric, then ensure stain removal by using special spot removers. You can also try to get rid of the stains with baking soda and vinegar in equal parts, mix them together and apply directly to the stain. Let it sit for fifteen minutes and start to scrub with a clean brush. If the stain is deep, you can leave it on for a few hours too, and vacuum the baking soda.

These are just some basic tips. When you have so many of these cleaning products with you at home, you can maintain the look of your car for a long time to come. So, have you washed your car recently?

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