Protect those carpets and seats
Your car mats and carpets take the biggest beating from the winter weather. Invest in a set of protective rubber mats for the winter months, and you’ll save a lot of hassle. These resist dirt and water and protect the carpet below. If you prefer, you can use a set of temporary carpet mats and remove them when the winter months are over.
If your carpets do get dirty, it’s best to wait for them to dry before removing dirt or mud, as scrubbing when wet can just make things worse. Use a dedicated carpet cleaner product on the affected area.
We also recommend choosing a rubber liner for your car’s trunk, especially if you have dogs that will be riding in the back.
Seats aren’t so often considered a problem area for winter weather, but if you jump into your car quickly after a rain- or snowstorm, they’re going to get wet. Often, this results in water and salt marks, especially if you have fabric seats. To reduce these, clean them with an upholstery cleaner before the stains have had time to dry. Seat protector covers are also an intelligent choice.
Cleaning your panels and trim
All your interior plastics, particularly those around the door trim, can become dirty. These should be wiped down with a dedicated foam dashboard cleaner with a microfiber cloth.
The dashboard and controls can be a pain to clean on work trucks that see a lot of dirt from fingers and gloves. The best option is to use an antibacterial wipe for all those nooks and crannies, keeping germs at bay during flu season.
For the best finish, you can use a restorer pad that gives your dash a nice finish and removes any streaks left over from your cleaning efforts.
Keep it organized
If your vehicle has bits and bobs stored all over the place, it feels unclean to the point you and your passengers will feel justified in making it worse. Invest in a few organization caddies for the trunk and get rid of excessive junk from the other storage spaces in your vehicle.
A messy vehicle quickly gets messier, whereas a well-organized car remains well organized.
With all these tips in play, your vehicle will remain just as clean in the winter as it did during the summer months.