In another life, (otherwise known as high school), I was not a marketing coordinator but rather a wash girl at a local Honda dealership. In addition to a fantastic tan, I also picked up some very handy tips and tricks for washing your car.
- To get gum and other sticky substances out of upholstery use hot vinegar and a toothbrush. Test the vinegar on a non-visible portion of the upholstery first to make sure it will not harm the fabric. Then dip the toothbrush into the hot vinegar and gently scrub away the gum.(This also works wonders on blue jeans and other fabrics)
- To easily clean sticky, stuck on pop or juice out of cup holders, spray a healthy amount of Windex on them, let sit for 5 minutes and wipe out.
- Q-tips and toothbrushes are amazing for detailing cars. Extremely useful – they get in all sorts of tiny crevasses that can other wise stay dusty and dirty. They work especially well on air vents.
- Wash your car inside or in the shade. While the sunshine may brown skin, it evaporates water and cooks soap to your vehicle, making it look more dirty than it was before you started washing it
- For those pesky bugs that have chosen your vehicle as their final resting place, try a dryer sheet and a bit of water to watch the little buggers come off clean and easy.
- When washing your car always rinse off your mitt, sponge or brush, to make sure that any leftover grime doesn’t scratch the rest of your car.
- Don’t use household cleaners on your car’s paint. Household products can be great to resolve other cleaning issues that plague vehicles however, they can strip off the protective wax on your paint job.
- An unwanted decal or sticker can be easily removed from windows and bumpers by using a razor blade; like the ones purchased for classic versions of men’s razors.