One thing that all car owners can agree upon is that they hate cleaning their cars! Don’t get me wrong; some people enjoy the satisfaction they get from spending a few hours turning their car into showroom condition, but they loathe the physical process itself!
And have you ever noticed that the longer you don’t clean your car, the longer it takes you when you do give your car a clean?
I once didn’t clean my car for several months, and I noticed that mould started appearing on the rear seat belts, and what I assume as green moss appeared underneath the hatch.
Do you want to make sure that your car is clean, but lead a busy life? Do you want to avoid spending hours cleaning the dirt and grime from the interior and exterior of your pride and joy? If so, check out these clever ways of maintaining that showroom shine!
Keep a rubbish bag in your car
Everyone that owns a car will store some rubbish in it, such as sandwich wrappers, “pay and display” tickets, and One Direction CDs. Rather than storing rubbish in your car and forgetting about it, keep a dedicated rubbish bag inside of your car.
That could be as simple as a carrier bag that you tie up and store when you’re not using it, or a dedicated rubbish bin like the one next to your desk at work. When it’s full, simply throw the bag away and replace it with a new. “Simples” as a famous meerkat once said!
Don’t park your car outdoors
Whilst you can’t avoid the fact that you need to drive your car outdoors, you can certainly store it away from the elements! If you have a garage or covered car park that you can use at home or work, I recommend storing your car in it when you’re not driving it.
If you leave your car exposed to the elements at all times, a layer of dirt and dust will cover it, making your paintwork vulnerable to damage.
Even the “presents” that birds leave on your car for you as they fly over it have acidic properties which, when left on for a long time, can eat away at your paintwork and cause expensive damage!
Use a car cover
Not everyone will have the luxury of storing their cars in a garage or covered car park when they aren’t on the road.
Mike from a1carriages.co.uk recommends the use of car covers in such cases. In a nutshell, car covers are essentially fabric sheets tailored to your specific car and will cover it from the top to bottom.
The better car covers on the market also include “pockets” where the car’s wing mirrors go into, and are great at protecting the entire car from the elements.
Obvious I know, but if you wash your car regularly, it is far more likely to stay cleaner for longer. Of course, if you don’t have the time to wash your car yourself, or you just don’t want to, you can pay someone else to do it for you!