Fixing Up Your Vehicle’s Shabby Interior!

It’s been a long cold winter and most of us can’t wait to see the snow melt.

If your “beast” is in need of a spring cleaning, here are some tips to help make the job a little easier.

Start cleaning at the inside of the roof (the headliner) and then work your way down.

Use a paint brush to dust around crevices and follow along and suck up the dust with a vacuum hose as you go. Be sure not to forget your air vents.

Don’t take your mats out as you will be making more work for yourself; leave them in to catch the debris that falls as you clean. Slide your front seats all the way forward and it will make it easy to clean what is lurking underneath.

There are some really great small hand held carpet cleaners on the market now that are under a hundred bucks. This will make cleaning the mats and flooring easier. You can also get a hand held bristle scrub brush from the dollar store and clean them by hand. For those with a power washer, that works great for carpet mats….just wet, lather up and soak, and then blast it with the power washer.

To clean leather naturally and easily use ¼ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of regular vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle and shake well. Wipe it with a cotton cloth.

For fabric interior, use 1/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup warm water and 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap, like a Castile soap and shale well in a spray bottle. Soak really dirty areas for a few minutes and then using a clean cloth and circular movements; getting the liquid into the fibers. Take a dry cloth and blot the wet areas. You may need to do this a few times for badly stained areas.

Nooks and crannies can be cleaned by taking your fabric interior solution and dampen a cloth with it, and then wrap your cloth around a dull knife or a flat head screwdriver.

To de-stink or de-smoke a car, you can buy a can of de-smoke – there are a few different brands out there. You can also take 2 or 3 fabric softener sheets and tuck them under the front seats after you vacuum or try the new air fresheners that are on the market now, that attach to your vents.

“Goo Gone” is a great product for removing any unwanted stickers from your vehicles glass.

Well there you have it – now you’ve gone from “shabby” to “fabulous” and you’re ready for the snow to melt!

Head to the car wash on the first nice day and you’re looking good!

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