When it comes to taking care of their cars, a lot of people pay more attention to the exterior of their vehicles rather than the interior. While it is important to make sure that your car is always clean and has a proper coat of wax on it in order to prevent damage to the paint over time, it is also really important to maintain a clean interior, as this will increase the value of your vehicle and ensure that it will continue to look like new for many years to come.
Compare a new car that has a lot of stains on the interior upholstery to an older vehicle that has a good-looking exterior and an interior that is clean. The older vehicle will actually be more attractive to potential buyers. Therefore, if you have noticed that you have fallen behind maintaining the inside of your car, continue reading for some easy ways to get back on track and make your car look like new again.
Vacuum Everything Up
Get in between the cushions and into every nook and cranny with a powerful vacuum that will suck up all of the dirt and debris that has accumulated over time throughout your vehicle. Focus on the seats as well as on the floors and even in the trunk. The important thing is to try to detail as much of the interior as possible, right down to underneath the seats and between them.
Shampoo the Upholstery
If you have upholstery instead of leather, take advantage of the fact that you can shampoo it thoroughly to get out stains after you have removed superficial debris with your vacuum. This will make your upholstery look and smell like new.
Fix Dashboard Problems
As cars age, you run into problems like dents and scratches in the dashboard and steering wheel. If these cannot be repaired easily, just cover them up with a steering wheel or dashboard cover. If the sun has faded your dashboard over the years, you can repaint it to make it look like new again in addition, of course, to dusting it off and keeping it as clean as possible.
Keep Your Car Sheltered
If you do not own a garage, consider getting a carport installed or keeping your vehicle under a portable garage or shelter. This will ensure that the sun will not be beating down on it and causing interior colors to fade and materials to dry out over time.
Always Use a Sunshade
If you do keep your vehicle exposed to the elements, a sunshade is absolutely necessary. This is placed easily along the inside of your windshield in order to reflect the sun’s rays back out so that they are not absorbed into the vehicle. The bonus is that it will also keep your car cooler even on the hottest summer days.
Maintaining the interior appearance of your vehicle is just as important as keeping the exterior looking great. Make sure to thoroughly clean it regularly and protect it from the sun’s harsh rays.