Fall is quickly approaching, which means the leaves will fall from the trees and we'll be moving closer to winter. Considering the upcoming weather conditions, motorists will want to make sure they take precautionary measures to avoid the interior of their car being trashed.
Items can pile up quickly in a vehicle. Auto owners have been known to leave around receipts, drive-thru food and drinks, coins and plenty of other random items around that won't affect the car's performance, but could lead to clutter building up, leaving the car with a less than appealing appearance. While maintaining the interior of a vehicle is encouraged because it will make the motorists feel better about their vehicle, it could also help to maintain the car's value. When it's time to trade the car in, the owner won't have to spend hundreds to clean out the inside.
Auto experts recommend diluting coffee spills immediately with cold water and blotting it with paper towels or clean rags to prevent it from leaving a stain and a coffee odor in the vehicle. After blotting the spot, if a stain still appears when it dries, it should be sprayed with glass cleaner and allowed to sit for five minutes. After it sits, the owner should blot the stain. Glass cleaner has been proven to remove stains on carpets and upholstery without leaving a soapy residue behind. After the carpet is cleaned, the interior should receive Scotchgard to avoid any other stains from appearing in the future.
If the driver happens to see a grease stain, there's no need to panic. Auto experts suggest that greasy carpeting stains can be removed by rubbing them with paint thinner. A cotton cloth should be used to apply the paint thinner and the stain should then be covered with salt until the remaining amount of grease is absorbed. After letting the salt sit for a while, motorists should vacuum the remaining residue.
Hairspray has also been found to be helpful when trying to remove stains from the interior of a vehicle. It has been proven to lift pen ink stains on carpeting or upholstery. Following applying the hairspray, the carpet or upholstery should be brushed off and repeated if necessary.
Any car sickness stains that have been accumulated from road trips or children who weren't feeling the best while in the car should be removed with club soda or a mixture of baking soda and water.
Blood stains have also caused people problems. They should be immediately covered with a paste made up of dry laundry starch and cold water. Cold water should be used because hot water will set the stain and cause it to be more difficult to get rid of. The paste should be allowed to sit and then vacuumed to remove the leftover residue.
Alcohol spilled in a car should also be diluted with cold water. Although motorists are discouraged from drinking and driving, a bottle could possibly break in a vehicle and cause a nagging odor and stain that can be difficult to get rid of. Alcohol can change the color of some carpets, which makes diluting it as fast as possible a necessity.
Vinyl seats can be cleaned by wiping them with baking soda on a damp rag and rinsed with dishwashing detergent and water. Some auto experts recommend using oil-based cleaners, but baking soda is more gentle on upholstery, as oil-based cleaners can cause the vinyl to harden and lose its value.
Experts also recommend keeping bottled water in a vehicle at all times, just in case you're stuck in traffic for a while or need to quickly remove a stain in the car when on a road trip.