Remember what your car first looked like when you first bought it? It was shiny and spotless, and everyone could tell that it was a newly purchased car. Now, months have passed, and it is starting to look like it needs a bit of work. Luckily, there are many ways you can keep it looking brand new!
Dust and mud will accumulate; scratches can accidentally happen, and who knows what else. You can’t simply hose the inside either, or even use regular towels that could spread the dust instead of cleaning it. Every single nook and cranny of your car needs attention, including assistance from professionals at times, especially when maintenance is required to prevent it from rusting or breaking down. Here is your complete guide that will help you maintain your car like a pro.
High-quality cleaning supplies for the inside
To start, you should do some research as to what type of cleaning supplies you will need for your car. Is the inside leather? Polyester? What type of cloth are you using? All of these are important to truly give your vehicle a spotless look. Do not purchase cheap cleaning supplies, as you do not want to accidentally stain your car with the wrong product.
When was the last time you cleaned the car windows? It is usually neglected, but streak free car windows will help you see better while driving. Windshield wipers are not enough, nor is giving the outside a quick hose. That is why you need to invest in a microfiber towel. This type of cloth is both soft and absorbent so that it won’t spread the pesky dust around.
Bringing it to professional cleaning services
Life can get busy, and you do not always have time to clean your car manually. On these types of occasions, you should bring it to the professional services. Moreover, the professionals will have all of the necessary cleaning supplies there, if you decide not to buy them yourself. Note that cleaning the inside versus the outside of your car will require two different professional services.
Exterior car cleaning done at home
Do you want to save money? You can learn how to clean the exterior of your car at home properly, and even do it on your own time. Plus, you will not have to wait in any lines. Start with soap and water and give it a good scrub. Don’t forget to end with a car wax if you want it to truly look like it is brand new.
Maintenance to ensure it runs smoothly
Bringing your automobile in for maintenance is yet another way to keep it polished. Why you may ask? Certain problems, when left unattended, such as not changing the oil, can cause the car to corrode much more quickly. Even if it isn’t making weird noises, if you haven’t brought it in for a checkup in a while, the time to do so is now.
A new coat of paint
The paint on your car will not fade quickly, but over time it will. Plus, depending on the color of your vehicle, some scratches will be much more evident and thus require fixing. So long as you get the appropriate color and set aside time to fix your car slowly, you can easily touch up the paint job yourself.
The car scent
A new vehicle not only looks shiny but smells good as well. You should always make a point of continuously buying air fresheners. However another option is to be creative and include DIY scents, whether you include a box of dryer sheets or even add essential oils. You will love getting into your car every morning for work, and even your passengers will find the fragrances relaxing.
Peeling bumper stickers off
You drive down the road, and you notice that a few cars around you have various stickers on the back of their vehicle. The question is, what do these mean when you are cleaning your car? Peeling them off often leaves behind marks, and you may even find that there is still an outline of where they were placed. The best way to get rid of them is with cold cream and waiting a while until they finally come off.
Asking passengers to be attentive
Everyone has been in a situation where you are in a car for a long period of time, whether with friends or on a family trip, and spills and messes occur. You eat in it, drink your morning coffee, and crumbs get everywhere. You can easily limit the amount of cleaning you have to do if you are more careful from the very beginning. Most importantly, ask those who are in the car with you to be equally attentive. If you are going to eat, place a few large napkins on your lap, or eat in a container and paper bag.
Set up a cleaning schedule
Following all of the tips already mentioned in the article, you should set up a schedule for cleaning and maintenance for months at a time. Make your life easier! If you stick to the routine, your car will always look brand new, no matter the time of year or how old it already is.
Now that you know how to clean your vehicle properly, when was the last time you hosed it, waxed it, brought it to professionals or bought new fresheners? When you first purchased it, you were brimming with excitement at how spotless and shiny it was. Even now, you still use it as your primary mode of transportation, but you may not be as happy about its overall look. The appearance of your car can even uplift your mood (in case you didn’t have enough of a reason to look after it!). Drive down the road knowing that your vehicle is the shiniest one on the street, all because you put the time and effort into maintaining it. Your friends and family may even want your advice on how they, too, can make their old car look brand new.