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A guide to spring cleaning your car

It may not always seem like it, but spring is on its way, slowly but surely! No driver particularly looks forward to having to do a bit of spring cleaning when it comes to there vehicle, but it is important for a number of reasons: such as your safety and also when it comes to your fleet insurance policy. Therefore, we take a look at some of the best hacks to get you on your way.

 

Getting rid of pet hair

If you have a pet that is regularly in your vehicle, you will know that your furry friend, however cute they may be, tends to make a bit of a mess – especially when it comes to lingering hairs. Nevertheless, there are a number of ways you can tackle this issue and keep them in your car! Use a spray-headed bottle with water and spray over the front or back seat to get rid of hairs. Then, once the hair has loosened,, use a squeegee and see the hair magically come off!

Cleaning the crevices

It is never a fun job to try and clean the narrow crevices of your car, such as the window controls, radios or gear sticks,  but it is possible! Here is our tip: wrap a rag or cloth around the smallest screwdriver you can find, and then use the head of it to remove dust or grime. Equally, a wire brush or a toothbrush that is damp can help you to get to these difficult to reach crevices.

 

Cleaning leather

Looking after the leather interiors of your car is no easy feat. But we have some great options for you: again, a toothbrush can help you. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to help get the leather inside your car back in top condition.

 

Cleaning under the bonnet

No proper spring-clean is without taking a look at cleaning under the bonnet too. You can sort this out cheaply too, and it is worthwhile to sort out. Why? Car battery corrosion can end up spreading inside the unit itself, which can end up leading to its demise. All you need to prevent this is to use some cola.

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Don’t forget to clean your bonnet! It can be sorted in just a few simple steps, without needing to spend a lot of money on expensive products.

First of all, make sure the engine is off, then loosening the terminals with a wrench (whilst making sure to not remove the cables in their entirety) you should also use protective glasses and gloves at the same time. Then, with a small amount of cola over any particularly gungy areas, see the corrosion disappear. After a few minutes, rinse with water and then let it dry. Make sure you have re-tightened the terminals before you turn the engine back on again.

Cleaning the floor mats

Oil, leaves, soil can all end up leaving your floor mat in a mess. But there are a number of options available to you. Put them outside the car and then use some stain remover on them. Let it soak in and then place them in a washing machine. As good as new!

Clean your air vents

Unfortunately, air vents can easily accumulate dust and are not one of the easiest things to clean, but you can sort it. Use an old paintbrush to get right in those crevices, or even a hoover to suck up the dust.

 

Shining up the hubcaps

All you need to make your hubcaps look in their best condition is to use some laundry detergent alongside some water in order to improve their appearance. There is no need to spend money on expensive products, using these ingredients will do the job!

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