Buying a second-hand car is a financially sensible decision to make. Not only are you saving money by buying a cheap car, but you are doing your part for the environment – reusing instead of buying brand new.
However, with second-hand cars comes the realisation that someone else has owned the car before you. This could mean the interior is less than perfect.
Don’t despair! Below you will find five quick and easy ways to have your car’s interior looking brand new again.
Remove all trash and loose bits
If the second-hand vehicle you have purchased still houses the previous owner’s rubbish, the first step to take is removing it. Get a grocery bag and work your way from the front of the vehicle to the rear, grabbing any piece of trash to enable you to vacuum with ease. Once all the trash is gone, the vehicle will already look ten times better!
Vacuum with the upholstery tool
There are sure to be crumbs, dirt, grit and other materials lurking on the floors and upholstery of your car. Start by removing the mats from the car to make vacuuming easier. Begin vacuuming the floors by using the hose or floor head before getting into crevices with the brush.
The upholstery brush works by loosening dirt to make it easier to vacuum.
Often the console area and between the seats can be hard to reach. You can either do your best to remove crumbs from crevices with a wet cloth, or you can put a little more time into it and remove the seats. There are a series of bolts to remove before you can remove the seats, but the outcome will be a pristine clean car with no crumbs in sight. In many cars you can also remove the outer casing of the handbrake to get into those hard to reach places.
When you start vacuuming the upholstery, use a spray bottle and a wet squeegee to release any pet dander and hair. Follow this process up with the upholstery brush. This will leave your seats looking clean and new!
Shampoo and clean mats and upholstery
Over time, car seats and mats can become dirty and stained. You can shampoo the seats with all-purpose cleaner, a sponge and wash clothes. This will help remove stains. If all else fails, you can pay to have them professionally cleaned, or purchase special car shampoo to get those hard-to-shift stains out.
Car mats, too, become dirty over time with general footwear. Vacuum them with the upholstery brush before putting them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. You will be amazed at how clean they come out looking!
Clean textures with a toothbrush
Dashes and hard, plastic interior pieces can become embedded with dirt and dust. Using a wash cloth can only remove surface filth. A toothbrush with baking soda and water and/or multi-purpose solution can get into crevices and remove what a standard cloth cannot.
Condition leather dashes with olive oil
Once the dash and any leather features of your second-hand car have been scrubbed thoroughly, you can give them a new lease of life with a common cooking ingredient. Olive oil, rubbed on in small amounts, can add vibrancy and shine to an otherwise lifeless interior.
And when the final cleaning has been completed, add a lovely car scent to make driving your second-hand car a real joy. Head to your local hardware or car accessory store where a range of scents are on offer. From vanilla and berry through to lavender and pine; the options are endless for what will give your second-hand car a gorgeous scent!
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