Just like all the most important things in life, our car deserves a little TLC from time to time. The reliable vehicles that take us safely from A to B on a day to day basis can always benefit from a little pampering, so here are my top tips on how to look after it and keep it clean so it can continue to be your reliable set of wheels for as long as possible. I hope you enjoy having a read.
Clear Out The Clutter
The more we use our cars, the more rubbish they seem to acquire. So, first things first, let’s get the inside of the car de-cluttered and looking organised, fresh and clean. But I’m not just talking about throwing out those old McDonald’s wrappers. Oh, no! I’m talking about really getting under the seats and getting stuck into all the nooks and crannies that typically get neglected.
The space underneath the kids car seats tends to be the worst area of our car. With discarded Kinder Surprise toys, bits of chewed up biscuit and all sorts of ambiguous items glued to the upholstery, this area usually warrants a little more time than the rest. But it’s not necessarily just litter that’s cluttering up your car. There might also be a mouldy gym kit that’s been festering since mid-January when you gave up on your New Year’s Resolution. Or a broken pushchair or spare car seat taking up room in the boot because you have nowhere else to store it. My advice would be to get rid of them. Cars use way more fuel when they’re weighed down, so getting rid of the heavy stuff means you could cut down the cost of your petrol!
Clean The Inside
Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and give your car’s interior a proper clean. The first thing I usually do is dust down all the flat surfaces with a microfibre duster, and then use the vacuum cleaner to give the seats and carpets a good vac. If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend investing in a cordless vacuum cleaner, as you don’t need to worry about the cable reaching from the house to the car. And they usually come with loads of different attachments too, which makes the job a lot easier.
Once the car is nice and clean and tidy, I then hang an air freshener from the rear-view mirror to ensure it stays smelling fresh for a good few weeks. My favourites at the moment are the Yankee Candle Car Jar’s, and we currently have the gorgeous Christmas Cookie scent hanging in our car. It’s delish!
Give It A Wash
I think it’s safe to say we all probably spend way more time indoors than outdoors at this time of year. So what better way to ensure you’re getting some fresh air than by heading out to give your car a good wash?! Not only will you be able to see whether there’s any damage lurking beneath the grime, but you’ll also remove a layer or two of dirt. At this time of year that will include salt from the roads which is corrosive to your car’s bodywork. It’s much better to get this removed sooner rather than later so as to avoid serious problems further down the line.
You’ve given it a good wash, now why not go a step further and wax it too? Waxing will help restore your car’s paintwork to its former glory. But it won’t just help to keep your car looking fab, it will also protect it from the kind of corrosive’s you’ve just washed off. Think of it as an added layer of protection for your car!
Check Your Tyres
If you decide to do just one piece of maintenance on your car this Christmas, check your tyres. Having the correct air pressure in them will ensure they perform to their maximum potential when the roads could be at their slippiest. You could even go one step further and treat your car to brand new tyres this Christmas. It’s the easiest way to ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. Book online or visit Iverson Tyre’s London Branch for more information.
Book It In For A Service
And last, but certainly not least, I genuinely believe that a serviced car is a happy car. Keeping a car regularly serviced ensures that it runs as reliably and efficiently as it possibly can. It also gives garages the chance to perform software updates where necessary and, in many cases, catch any little niggles that might turn into much bigger, more expensive problems if left untreated.And there you have it, my top tips for giving your car a good old pamper session this Christmas. Whether you’re driving down to London to visit family or are staying a little closer to home over the festive season, they’ll ensure your car is well looked after and ready to tackle whatever weather may come our way.
Do you have any other tips for pampering your car this Christmas?
If so, let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys.