Keep the inside of your family car clean and fresh
We’re all guilty of letting the family car get a little messy from time to time. When you think about all of the work your family car must do, from transporting kids to school and sports practice, to driving mum and dad to work and family trips on the weekend, it’s easy to see how the family car can get messy over time.
We have gathered some tips on how to keep the interior of your family car in great condition, no matter how much time you spend inside it each week.
If your car tends to be a dumping ground for bags full of sports clothes, kids toys, phone chargers, receipts and other clutter, it’s a great idea to get an organiser for your vehicle. Available at many big retailers such as Kmart, Big W or Target, you can find car organisers that will fit behind the driver or passenger seats, on the floor, in the centre console or even in the boot.
Make sure you regularly remove any items that don’t fit in the organiser to help keep clutter to a minimum.
You never quite know when you’re going to need a garbage bag, so it’s a great idea to keep a stash of plastic bags on hand. Whether it’s clearing away rubbish, to containing wet clothes and towels, you will always be thankful to have a plastic bag handy. Put a supply of garbage bags in your glove box, centre console or organiser to help keep rubbish at bay. You can even reuse plastic grocery bags from the supermarket.
Sometimes spills and mess are unavoidable. Keep some interior wipes or baby wipes on hand in the centre console or glove box, so when the inevitable happens it’s quick and easy to wipe down the scene of the crime.
You can also use the wipes to quickly clean down the interior of the car, dashboard, handles, hand break, steering wheel and sticky cup holders for a hassle-free maintenance option.
Keep the carpets in good condition:
To ensure your carpets stay in good condition, it’s wise to make use of floor mats in your car. This will add a protective layer to your vehicle, ensuring your carpet doesn’t get damaged with stains, fraying or other damage. It will also assist in preserving the value of your vehicle. Most cars now come with standard floor mats, however they are also available for purchase from many automotive retailers.
Set some rules:
Stop spillages before they even happen. Set some ground rules about what can and can’t be brought into the car. For example, you may wish to set the rule of no eating or drinking in the car, or that all rubbish must be removed as soon as you’re exiting the car.
You could also set each family member a responsibility for keeping the car clean, such as checking under seats, clearing away rubbish or wiping down the dashboard.