Car Cleaning Tips for the New Year

The New Year is here, which means it’s the perfect time to spruce up your ride. Even if you aren’t planning on buying a new or new-to-you car in the near future, you can make your current car feel like new with a few simple car cleaning tips.


First, according to BuzzFeed, get a cheap foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents. One quality of new cars that most people notice right away is the smell — one reason you should focus on cleaning the air vents in your car. Dusting carefully with a brush will get rid of any dust or moldy smells. You can also use compressed air to help you get into the cracks.

Magic Erasers

Next, get your hands on a Magic Eraser to rub surfaces like vinyl and fabric. A Magic Eraser is a brand name for a foam sponge made of melamine, a special compound with a sandpaper-like microscopic texture. Just wet with water and scrub any gunk off surfaces in your car.


Have leather? Consider conditioning leather surfaces like the dash with olive oil. You’ll want to avoid conditioning the steering wheel and other surfaces you frequently touch, but you can do it to the dash.

Pet Hair

Finally, get rid of pet hair with a squeegee and spray water bottle. Simply spritz seats with water and scrape with a squeegee. You’ll be surprised how easily fur and hair is lifted off the seats. You can add a vacuum to help collect any stragglers. While cleaning is great, some people may want to have their car serviced as well. For all your car maintenance needs, visit Bob Thomas Ford.