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Deep Clean Your Ride

Who enjoys driving their car when its interior is nice and clean? Everyone! How many people always keep the interior of their car nice and clean. Well, probably not so many. But when you do get around to it, here are some tips that will help you get it done most efficiently.

Start by removing the junk, such as empty food and beverage containers, and other items that don’t belong there. Remember to slide the front seats forward and backward to get at anything hiding underneath. You'll be surprised by the kinds of things—good and bad!—that can end up under the seats of your car.

Get into the nooks and crannies of the trim lines and recesses by wrapping a cloth around an old, worn screwdriver (without sharp edges) and spray another all-purpose cleaner on the cloth. Work the brush into the crevices to collect the dust and gunk, refreshing the surface of the cloth as the ickiness accumulates. Also go around all the buttons and controls. The windows require only Windex, paper towels and some elbow grease. Don’t overlook those pesky lines of grime at the tops of the windows.

And then we come to the infamous center console, which is a holding pen for just about anything you can imagine. Wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth and work stubborn dirt out with a toothbrush or canned air. After it has dried, use a vacuum to suck up the residue.

As for the accumulation of no-longer-wanted stickers on your rear window, you may be able to pull some of them off by grabbing a corner and carefully pull them free at a 90-degree angle. The stickers that leave a gummy residue require a bit more attention. Cover your dash with an old towel and dab the residue with a degreaser like Goo Gone; then gently scrape and vigorously wipe it off.

Wrap it all up by thoroughly and deeply vacuuming the seats, mats and carpets. Then, voila! You will no longer cringe when getting into your car or be too embarrassed to offer someone a lift.

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