Car Parts Missed In Cleaning

Ever sold a house? Apart from packing, there’s that need to ensure every room is cleaned to within an inch of its life. The oven gleams, the toilet is sparkling, and the glass in the shower is crystal clear.

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Ever sold a house? Apart from packing, there’s that need to ensure every room is cleaned to within an inch of its life. The oven gleams, the toilet is sparkling, and the glass in the shower is crystal clear. The loungeroom looks as fresh as the day it was first painted and the gardens are green and lush.

Ever sold a car?

It gets a wash, maybe some tyre black, perhaps a light polish here and there. Yet, there are a few other places that could do with some TLC.

Engine bays are a number one source for grit, grime, oil stains, and the number two place people will look at when scoping a new chariot. There are various cleaning agents that will remove grease etc, however some will be quite caustic so skin and facial protection will be required.

Small items like a toothbrush will come in super handy to remove ground in dirt in those “hard to reach” areas, and can bring back a shine to chromed parts.

This can also apply to the interior. Door handles and arm rests are so easily overlooked when it comes to cleaning a car. Constant rubbing of an elbow, the fingers on the handles and window switches, or, in older cars, the winders, can dull down and trap dirt and skin particles.

A good vacuuming after a gentle wash with warm water, or a spray with cleaning fluids specifically designed to work with vinyl and plastic, plus using that toothbrush to dislodge ground in dirt and more before a vacuum will go a long way to restoring the look.

Nu Finish Orange Power makes for a great starting product here. Not only does the citrus based fluid do a great job of cleaning delicate items without harm, there’s that lingering citrus scent that energises the cabin’s ambience. Bear in mind it’s formulated to be a car wash, so a heavily diluted mix would be the best way to go.

The seats are an oft-overlooked place too. Again, a good scrub, a vacuum, and depending on material, some revitalising liquids to bring back suppleness and moisture will help. If the car has been populated by the younger family members, it’s not a bad idea to get into the seams between the back support and the squab itself and look for biscuits, small toys, kids jewellery and the like. Sometimes there’s even the surprise of a few gold coins. Nu Vinyl would be a good protective product to spray here.

Cargo areas or the boot, depending on the type of vehicle, are also worthy of some attention. There’s been shopping, perhaps prams, wood sheets, maybe even lawn turf that’s been in there and there will be residue that has escaped attention so far. Get the vacuum onto it and a quality surface cleaner for the plastics, and this very over-looked area will come up a treat.

Don’t forget a proper clean of the windows as well, and if it’s an older car that may have had (whispers) an ashtray, these will need a clean and perhaps a deodorant. Check out the airvents for dust too.

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