Keeping Your Vehicle Looking New

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When you first by a car it has a brand new smell to it and it’s perfectly clean. However, if you travel a lot, you’ll find that it starts to look a little messy, especially on rainy or snowy days when you track mud or sand into the vehicle. Most people let it go until they have time to clean it or take it to get it detailed, but this is usually not a good idea if you want to reduce wear and tear on the vehicle’s interior. You should also pay attention to the exterior of your vehicle.

Tip #1

Vacuum your vehicle with a heavy-duty shop vac. It has more power to suck dirt and sand out of the carpets. Be sure you remove the floor mats, bang them out and vacuum them and the carpet under the mats. This helps keep your car smelling clean, plus it gets all of the dirt out so it doesn’t rub into the carpet.

Tip #2

Use the appropriate cleaners on your vehicle. To avoid streaked windows, which are difficult to see out of at night when you have headlights coming at you in the opposite direction, use a good window cleaner. Using newspaper with the window cleaner helps reduce streaking, too.

If you have leather, use a quality leather cleaner. If you have vinyl, use the appropriate vinyl cleaner. You can vacuum cloth seats, then if you have a rug cleaning machine with a furniture hose on it, wash the seats. Be sure to suck out all of the water. Also, test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous part of the seat before you clean the seats — you don’t want to clean them only to find out the cleaner discolored your seats.

Tip #3

Be sure you pay as much attention to the outside of your vehicle as you do to the inside. Washing and waxing often keeps the paint looking shiny and new. Use the appropriate cleaners for your wheels. Check the container to make sure you can use the cleaner safely on aluminum, alloy or steel — whichever wheels you have.

Tire black cleans tires and makes them look new again. Be sure you don’t get tire black on any other part of the vehicle, including the rims.

If you have any questions regarding detailing your vehicle, which cleaners are the best to use or any other service, warranty or sales questions, please give Link Ford of Rice Lake a call or stop by!

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