If your New Year’s resolution is to keep your car clean and tidy, here’s a helpful guide to get you started.
MANY motorists will no doubt have made a New Year’s resolution to keep their pride and joy clean.
And to make sure they get off to the best start, vehicle finance provider Moneybarn has looked to Instagram cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch for inspiration. Now Moneybarn has put together a guide on how to really clean your car – and keep your resolution all year long.
Start from the outside:
Washing your car regularly is key, as it not only prevents a build-up of dust, dirt and air-borne pollutants but it can also keep you on the right side of the law. If you’re caught driving on UK roads with an illegible number plate, you could be fined.
Also, ensure your windscreen is clean and your windscreen washer is always topped up. If you’re in an accident that was caused by impaired vision and your screen washer bottle is empty, you could land yourself in hot water.
Don’t get cabin fever:
You may think leaving food wrappers on the dash or chucking an empty coffee cup on the back seat is harmless but it’s turning your car’s cabin into a hotbed of bacteria.
If your car is due an MOT test, you must keep on top of its cleanliness. If your vehicle is deemed too dirty or inaccessible by your mechanic due to clutter, you may be refused an MOT test. Once you’re satisfied with how your car interior looks, freshen it up with a scented spray or air freshener and repeat regularly.
If you have a young family in tow, be sure to regularly clean your child’s car seat. A recent study found 30 different types of bacteria on the most touched parts of a child car seat, including gut and faecal bacteria.
Before beginning your deep clean, read the manual for your car seat to make sure you disassemble it safely and correctly. Once apart, check all care instructions, as certain cleaning chemicals may not be suitable for the material or child use.
Check out supermarkets and look for specialist brands that offer baby-friendly cleaning products made from non-toxic ingredients and eliminate harsh chemicals.
Deal with messy mutts:
If you have a canine companion who regularly travels with you in the car, the chances are their hair is part of the furniture as it can become hard to spot and even more difficult to remove.
Try using something sticky such as tape or a lint roller to gather hairs. If this doesn’t work, spray water over the area and use a squeegee or rubber gloves to wipe down the seats.
Remember to brush down your dog before setting off and lay down a plastic sheet in the boot or invest in a seat cover that will protect your car’s upholstery.
Fly into action over bird droppings:
Whenever you park your car, there’s a risk you’ll return to find a bird has made a mess of your motor. Bird droppings contain acid that will corrode wax and paintwork.
So remove bird poo as soon as possible – if the stain is fresh, removing it will be easier. Simply spray soda water on the area and rinse away with cool water a few minutes later.