On-Q Collision Center hopes you are enjoying all of the fun that Wausau and Wisconsin have to offer during the summer months. We have found that there are so many things to do here. Whether you are hitting the links at Greenwood Hills or Wausau Country Club, sipping on some wine on the patio of the Lil Ole Winemaker Shoppe before you go to the Concert on the Square in downtown Wausau, swimming or boating in Lake Dubay or just enjoying the ice cream from Dairy Queen, there is NO denying that summer is a special time.
All of the extra time spent in your car or truck to get you to all of these amazing things can definately cause the interior of your car to require some extra cleaning. We would like to give you some car cleaning tips as found on the website autobodyreview.com. We hope they help. BUT, if you find that the summer has caused more dirt and grime than you want to tackle, we do offer detailing services. Just stop on out and have us take a look. Maybe we can advise you or maybe you just want us to take care of it for you. Either way, we would love to meet you and help.
First, you will need a vacuum with an extension hose and an assortment of attachments. Work from the top down, so that particles that are dislodged and fall during cleaning can be picked up later when you vacuum the seats and carpets.
Use the vacuum’s upholstery nozzle on the headliner, seats and other upholstered areas—such as in the trunk or cargo area. Remove the floor mats and vacuum and clean them separately. If you’re motivated, remove the spare tire and tools to vacuum that compartment and make it a clean sweep.
Use the vacuum’s crevice tool to get into visors, seat pockets, and other tight areas where other attachments will not fit. Use the dusting brush to vacuum plastic, hard vinyl and metal parts such as vanity mirrors and dashboard components—hard vacuum nozzles can possibly scratch or damage these parts. If you have access to an air compressor, you can use it to blow out dirt from hard-to-reach areas on the dashboard.
Use the floor brush when vacuuming the carpet so that you can dislodge dried mud and other unmentionables. Move the seats forward or backward to reach areas under the seat and take out removable seats in order to get to those tricky hard-to-reach areas.
Any auto parts store will have a variety of cleaners for different types of surfaces—including carpet, upholstery, leather and plastic. But there is no need to buy specialty cleaners just for cars—household cleaners work fine. Be careful, however, to use the proper product for the right cleaning job. If in doubt about a product, test it on an area of the car that doesn’t matter, like under the dash.
Use glass cleaner to wash the inside of windows. Spray the cleaner directly on the cloth to avoid streaking and getting the cleaner on the upholstery.
A household all-purpose cleaner will get to any remaining dirt left on your dashboard, rubber door moldings and interior trim. Again, spray the cleaner directly on a clean cloth. Clean tight areas such as air vents, radio buttons and panel seams with a dampened soft toothbrush, cotton swab or small brush. Don’t forget to clean the safety-belt buckles, change drawer, glove compartment and ashtray.
A good way to clean just about any carpet is with a steam cleaner, but if a steam cleaner is not accessible, you can use a general spray-on carpet cleaner. Work it into the carpet with a stiff bristle brush. Avoid getting the carpet and upholstery too wet as you risk acquiring mildew or possibly damaging electronic equipment. If you have a problem stain caused by makeup, a coffee or soda spill, tree sap, oil, gum or tar, you should use a specialty cleaning product to get rid of it.
If you’re using a steam cleaner, check to see if a special upholstery shampoo or machine attachment is recommended. If you’re not using a steam cleaner, use a spray-on upholstery cleaner and work it in with a soft brush and let it dry, according to directions. Do not forget to clean the rear parcel shelf, safety belts, and seat joints.
You selected the quality and luxury of leather when you bought your car, but now you have to clean it regularly to keep it that way. Use leather cleaner, saddle soap, or another mild leather soap on a damp cloth and rub it softly onto all leather areas. Remove the excess soap with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Use cotton swabs to remove excess soap from the seams.
By keeping the inside of your car nice and clean, you’ll be happier and your vehicle would tell you the same—if it could talk!
HAVE A FUN SUMMER!