As a parent, there's a lot of time spent in the car shuffling the kids around here and there, packing up and hitting the road for a summer road trip and commuting back and forth to work – that's a lot of hours spent in a vehicle each year. Now, look at the interior of your car – does it show the number of hours that you've spent in the car with the family? If so, it's time to get busy undoing the damage that the kids, the food, and the travel have done to your car. Here, you'll find a few tips on how to remove some of the more difficult and common stains in your car's interior.
Grease – Fast Food Goo
No matter how many napkins they shove in your bag at the drive-thru window, it seems nothing gets the kids' hands as clean as wiping them all over the seats in the back. After a while, that grease attracts other debris that sticks to it – then serious discolorations begin to form. So, about once a month, get out to the car and wipe down the areas where you know the kids wipe their greasy hands.
To remove the grease from the seats, you'll need a clean, white cloth, and a mixture of white vinegar and water mixed evenly in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the cloth and begin wiping the seat clean. If the grease is too far into the fibers to remove it in this manner, you'll need to spray the solution directly onto it and let it sit for a few minutes – return with a scrub brush and work the stain out. Once the stain is gone, get a clean cloth with water and rinse the area clean.
Markers and Pens
You give the kids tablets, coloring books, pens and markers to keep themselves entertained, but somehow the ink ends up on the seats, ceiling, and floor. The same white vinegar solution that you used to remove the grease will work sometimes, but in other instances, you'll need to pick up a Tide Stain Stick to treat those areas. Just press the stain stick over the area a few times and blot the spot until the spot is gone.
Have the Car Detailed
Take your car in to have it professionally detailed every now and then. Just how often it will need it is determined by just how much use and abuse your car sees. A yearly professional detailing will help keep the car looking great no matter how much wear and tear it goes through.
Talk with a company like Autohaus Polishing for more information about undoing the damage of family fun in the car.