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Quick Car Cleaning Tips

Quick Car Cleaning

Finding new, efficient ways to clean your car can help keep it looking like new!

Cleaning your car is something every driver should know how to do. Some drivers may want to get it over with as a fast as possible. As a result, they tend to miss some spots. There are a few key places that can make your car look and remain clean with some elbow grease. We here at Randall Mitsubishi have a few quick car cleaning tips to make your car look new!

  • The Vents Even with air filters, dirt and dust can pile up inside the vent just out of reach. To reach it, you’ll need a few tools, none of which are expensive. First, take a long, thin brush and spray it with furniture polish. Stick it in the vent and dust around. Wipe the dirt and dust off the brush with a rag and move to the next vent. Doing so will keep dust and dirt from reclaiming your car when you turn on the air.
  • The Leather If your car has leather, you’ll want to give it a good cleaning even if it doesn’t look bad. You’ll be surprised just how dirty it was when you’re done! Cleaning is simple. Buy a cleaner meant specifically for leather and spray it on. After it’s sat for a while, wipe the spray – and dirt – off. Be sure to add conditioner to keep the leather clean for a long time!
  • The Windows Cleaning the windows goes a long way and you don’t need much to do it. A simple window cleaner and cloth is just about it. Be sure to roll down the window to clean the very top!

Dog-Proofing Tips to Keep Your Car Clean in Honor of National Puppy Day

Dog-Proofing Tips

April is Car Care Month so follow these tips for dog-proofing your car!

Considering the nearly unanimous love for dogs and all-things-puppy in the United States, it’s no surprise that we observed a “National Puppy Day” on March 23. But for those of us who love our cars just as much as our pups, their pesky fur presents a problem.

National Puppy Day has passed, but keep your car clean and fur-free all year with these car dog-proofing tips:

  • Prevent dog mess ahead of time by laying down a blanket over the seats, and consider putting plastic wrap over your window if you have a particularly slobbery pooch.
  • For a quick upholstery touch-up, a lint roller will quickly pick up dog hair, but if you’ve let the hair accumulate, a vacuum hose might be in order.
  • Consider placing hefty, plastic mats at the feet of the back row seats, which are not only easy to clean but also may contain some potential dog … spills.
  • Keep an enormous supply of car fresheners handy, just in case.

Do you have any other tips to keep your car clean despite canine passengers? Let us know in the comments.

If car maintenance is your problem visit Randall Mitsubishi for your next Tune-Up!

Mind Your Nooks And Crannies: Tips For Detailing Your Vehicle

Tips for Detailing your Vehicle
Tips for Detailing your Vehicle

It’s not always fun to clean your car but not everyone likes a messy car so keep these tips in mind when detailing your car.

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to detailing your vehicle. If you are going to go through the trouble of wheeling your vacuum cleaner all the way out to the driveway, give your interior a run for its money! Here are some tips for detailing your vehicle thoroughly and successfully!

Consumer Reports brilliantly suggests working from the top down. This means starting with your top of your dash, using a housecleaner and a rag, being sure to spray the rag and not the dash (just for risk you’ll get it all over the windshield and windows, although you should be cleaning those as well). Once the dash-area is completely free of debris, you can use a moisturizer/polish.

When it comes to vacuuming, make sure you have some handy attachments. If you don’t, or they’ve been lost, it’s worth getting replacements. Remove floor mats and clean under them. If you are not going to go full bore and steam clean your cloth upholstery, they do make spray-on upholstery cleaner.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your interior is to clean all of the nooks and crannies and other easily overlooked spots. That means, clean behind door handles and under the seats. Wipe down seat-belt buckles. Use a q-tip to get the really tight spots, like where your stereo or infotainment is.

It’s awfully difficult to impress a date when you’ve got a moldy slice of tomato (from that one time they put tomato on your burger even though you expressly told them not to) in between your gear shifter and your seat. Mind your nooks and crannies!

While you’re cleaning up your Mitsubishi, think about bringing it on over to Randall Mitsubishi for a spring service tune-up afterwards!