The Detail: Back To School Edition

Fall’s almost here and schools are in full swing… and I’m sure all of the parents out there know what that means. I’m talking, of course, about the endless war between children and the cleanliness of your car. I’m sure at one point or another, every one has experienced crumbs in seatbelt buckles, “art” filled windows, and a whole lot worse, but I’d venture to say that just about nobody likes to clean it up. Well I’ve set out to change your mind by making cleaning up after a messy carpool a bit easier in this back to school edition of The Detail.

Cleaning up your car after messy kids

Before you go to clean up whatever is left of your back seats, the first thing you need to understand is that it will probably get dirty again. What I mean by this is that you probably wont be shampooing anything or busting out pressurized air. For this reason I’ll be explaining a quick, easy detail and outlining some products every mom or dad should carry in their car to make sure these messes dont get too out of hand. As I always say, it’s better to be proactive than reactive – and if you don’t know what I mean, imagine you just found spilt milk from a month ago… that’s probably going to ruin your day (if not your week) and maybe your budget, too. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what you must do to get your car back.

Footprints on seat backs

If there’s one thing kids to great it’s kicking the backs of your car’s driver and passenger seats. Typically this means dirt and grass stains, but as the weather gets colder and colder, some of us will inevitably be dealing with road salt. None of these substances are good for your car’s interior, especially not the backs of your seats. Cleaning these messes is extremely important, but it’s as easy as opening a car door. Clean with an interior cleaner and wipe using a microfiber cloth. For stubborn dirt or stains, you may need a more concentrated cleaner and a horsehair brush. If you do have leather seats, it’s important to condition after you clean to restore essential nutrients and oils to the leather that prevent the surface from drying out. Your seat backs should be back to normal in a matter of minutes.

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