A road trip is a great way to spend vacation if you like driving long distances. A scenic route can offer a great experience. One of its main benefits is the freedom to stop at any point and take in the scenery around you.
One of the downsides to this is that your vehicle’s interior can quickly become messy, especially if there are children onboard. Here are six ways to clean it up.
Make sure everyone is aware of the rules.
You run the risk of getting rolling eyes from your passengers. Tell them to not wear dirty shoes and to stop smoking, eating, and using lidless cups.
Avoid eating in the vehicle. This is the fastest way to cause havoc. Depending on your group, it may be best to avoid eating inside. You can limit what food you can eat while traveling if the weather or route isn’t favorable.
Purchase a car garbage container. You can find many accessories for road trips, but garbage cans that are specifically designed for use in vehicles are a few of the options. Amazon sells one for $10, which is very affordable for a clean interior.
You can use paper bags or plastic bags to dispose of trash but they can easily be soiled if you aren’t careful. It is better to get a garbage can that has been specifically designed.
Seat covers. A set of seat covers is a good option if you don’t want your vehicle to be closed to eating or if you have children. They won’t cover the entire upholstery but they will clean the seats which is very important if you have an expensive interior.
A set of covers can cost as low as $50, but may run up to several hundred depending on their thickness and other features, such added bolsters or waterproofing.
Rubber floor mats are a good choice. It’s difficult to keep dirt and dust off your shoes while you explore the surrounding area. A set of rubber mats is much easier to clean than a carpeted one. They also protect the carpeting underneath them better than other types, and some have raised edges that can hold liquids or mud.
There are many options for aftermarket mats, including custom-designed or universal mats that can be customized to your vehicle’s make. For high-quality versions, prices start at $40 and can reach as high as $200.
Buy a portable vacuum cleaner for your car. There are many options available, including the compact and portable Baseus A2 or the more powerful Black+Decker Dustbuster.
Keep the cabin tidy at all times. It is almost impossible to keep it clean for long periods of time, even if you and your passengers adhere to strict rules. You should clean up your cabin as often as possible. The rubber mats and garbage will eventually collect dirt and dust. You can stop for food, gas, or to enjoy the scenery. Take a few moments to clean up the garbage, vacuum the floors, and sweep the seats.
There you have it. While it might seem difficult to keep your car’s cabin spotless on a long-distance trip, these simple tips will make the experience easier and more enjoyable.