Ask the Beaverton Car Guy This spring, try some of these amazing cleaning hacks! 8 car care tips
Hello Loyal Beaverton Readers!
Thank you to all who have written in, emailed, or called over the last few months. We have had a number of calls and emails about spring vehicle cleaning, what to do and how to do it. I came up with some great suggestions.
- For Those Spots You Can’t Get Off With a Rag
There’s a clay bar for that! You know, for those pesky particles on your car that you can’t get off gently and are afraid to use force on? Try a clay bar. They’re the new thing in car-cleaning and apparently get grime off your ride like no other. All you have to do is wet the clay and rub the exterior of your vehicle, and the gunk comes off. Never heard of a clay bar? Don’t worry, we didn’t either. The item is actually a bar of clay that is made specifically for cleaning the exterior of a car.
- What is that funky smell in my ride?
Dealing with a ripe smell in your car? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there (thanks, random piece of burger in between the seats). The best way to get rid of a car-stench is with fabric softener sheets! Just like they make your clothes smell fresh, the sheets do the same for your car. All you have to do is pop open a box of Snuggle or Gain and slip that entire bad boy under your car seat. Who needs those pricey Christmas tree air fresheners when you can make your own that smell even stronger?! You can also use dryer sheets to get the bugs off of your windows. Soak them in warm water and wipe.
- For Interior Gunk That Won’t Rub Off
Magic Erasers are a blessing when it comes to cleaning marks off your walls, shoes and kitchen counters, but do they do their magical thing when it comes to the car? You bet! Gently rub the dried-on gunk in your car with the Magic Eraser, and watch it disappear. Don’t rub too hard, though, because you don’t want to damage the fabric, or the interior panels, they pretty much clean up anything.
- For the Disgusting Bird droppings
WD-40 is a miracle product. Not only does it get rid of those door creaks, but it also removes gum from your car’s upholstery or carpet. Got tree sap or bird poop on your car? Spray that icky stuff with some WD-40 too. Next, hit it with some soap and the hose. See you later, until we meet again Birds!
- Those Dull Leather Seats
Riding in style and have leather seats? Then you will want to invest in some olive oil. Yep, we’re talking about the kind from your kitchen. If the leather parts of your vehicle are looking dull, there’s no need to buy expensive leather conditioner. You can actually use the olive oil to get the job done and polish. Did I mention this is a chemical-free way of cleaning too? You may want to clean the area with saddle soap, or leather cleaner first. Next, you want to get into the texture of your leather using the oil. Always wipe dry afterwards.
- Streaky Windows, Be Gone!
The windows are probably the hardest things to clean on your car. Not only are they filthy, but it’s also hard to keep them streak-free while wiping too. Until now, that is. If you wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol, it prevents a smeared windshield. Simple way of restoring soiled wiper blades.
- Gunk build up in the cup holders!
After you clean your yucky cup holders you can keep that crud out of your cup holders, fountain drink lovers. You can use silicone cupcake liners as cup holder inserts. Now when you put things into your cupholder, you can easily remove the liner and dump the grossness out.
- For Foggy Headlights
Believe it or not toothpaste also clears up foggy headlights. All you need is your favorite toothpaste, rags, and water. Voilà! Oh hey, clear headlights! Be sure to rinse well to remove excess tooth paste.
Thank You all for reading. happy cleaning!
If we can help with the purchase or with the sale of a vehicle please keep us in mind. I guarantee you will not get a better deal than we can help you get. We can be reached by telephone (503) 930-1493 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. By Larry “The Car Guy“ Ferguson