So, your old and tired vehicle has seen much better days. The upholstery might be a bit worn, and the once-shiny chrome is not so shiny anymore. Sure, you could take your vehicle to a professional cleaner—or you could save your hard cold cash and spruce things up all by yourself. Here are some top car-cleaning hacks from all of us at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA.
Shine A Little Light to Make It Right
After 3-4 years of driving, the plastic on a vehicle’s headlights tends to oxidize, giving it a very cloudy, yellowish look. This film can be extremely dangerous because it cuts down the overall amount of light they emanate. You could always splurge on an expensive buffing compound to clean them up or go with a cheaper solution—toothpaste, that’s right. Just dab some on a clean rag and rub away. Once you are done, rinse with water, you will be amazed by the difference.
You Can See Clearly Now
Have your children decided to do some finger-painting on your vehicle’s windshield? To give your windows that coveted streak-free shine, follow these easy steps--combine ¼ cup of vinegar with one-quarter cup of rubbing alcohol. Add 2 cups of water and throw in a few drops of lemon essential oil. Mix together and add all of the contents to a spray bottle. You have now got a solution that will have your windshield, windows, and rearview mirrors looking spotless. Try wiping down your windows with some old newspapers—you could just be surprised with the streak-free results.
Vinyl Solutions for Dashboards
If your vinyl dashboard has seen much better days, there is an easy way to get it looking new again--take a damp cloth and run it over all the surfaces. This will remove all dust and grime. For much tougher stains, use a very small amount of the mildest laundry soap that you can find because the plastic and vinyl on dashboards can easily be scratched or discolored considerably by abrasive cleaners. When you are done, wipe away excess soap and moisture with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
Say Goodbye to those Nasty Bugs!
Dead insects—is there anything harder to clean off your automobile? Some care owners rent power washers to blast them away, while others will opt for cleaners full of special enzymes and harsh chemicals. But these solutions are both expensive and could damage your finish. What’s the better way of doing this? Wet your car thoroughly and apply a generous amount of car soap, which you probably already have on hand, along with a semi-soft washing mitt. Work in very small areas and rinse each section whenever you are done. With a minimal amount of elbow grease, those critters will start dropping like, well, flies and your car will continue to shine!
About Anderson Behel
With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center, and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment, and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan, and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.
Sources: DIY Network and Quora.com