Without a doubt, the best thing about living in Colorado is the change of seasons. The folks here live for one spectacular season after another.
In the summer we can’t wait for the cooler weather and colors of autumn. In the fall, we’re just dying for winter so we can pull out the winter wear, skis and snowboards. Once Christmas is packed up for another year, it’s all about the promise of new life as the days grow longer and the weather warms.
Suddenly it’s Spring! My garden is bursting with color. I’m cleaning like a crazy woman and I’m not talking about the house. Around here, winter takes its toll on our cars. It’s nearly impossible to keep a car clean during a Colorado winter.
For months while the days are short, the garage is cold and the driveway unpredictable, I remind myself that when it warms up—when Spring get here—that’s when I’ll clean and spit-shine this car back to showroom elegance.
CLEANING PRODUCTS. I consider the care and maintenance of our vehicles to be an investment in their long and enjoyable lives (we drive a car for 20 years, minimum). That’s why I use products that the professionals use: KevianClean Interior Defense, KevianClean Leather Cleaner and Conditioner, a good professional carpet stain remover, window cleaner and microfiber cloths.
EVERYTHING OUT. I start by removing everything from the car except the spare tire and safety equipment—that means winter floor mats and carseats. I empty the glove box, center console, backseat pockets, cubbies in the doors—everything out!
VINYL, PLASTIC SURFACES AND TRIM. There is no better product than KevianClean Interior Defense to clean, condition and protect the vinyl and plastic trim and surfaces of a car. Not only does it clean well, it leaves a natural, low-gloss finish that makes scratches seem to disappear. It contains carnauba and—the best part—maximum UV protection. That keeps your dashboard and other surfaces (think: patio furniture, cushions and awnings) from being baked by the sun to an ugly crackly finish! This product is like sunscreen for vinyl and plastic to prevent damage from the sun.
LEATHER SEATS, SURFACES AND TRIM. KevianClean Leather Cleaner and Conditioner is what I use to clean the seats, armrests, steering wheel and every other leather surface in the car. It cleans leather (leather shoes, handbags and furniture too) and conditions it too by putting back the moisture leather needs to be remain supple and beautiful. HINT: Once the leather is properly cleaned and conditioned, the manufacturer suggests a coat of KevianClean Interior Defense to give the leather maximum UV protection.
(Wanna know a secret? These two KevianClean products are what many car dealers use to take tired, dirty trade-ins and turn them into creampuffs for resale. Haven’t you always wondered how they do that?)
VACUUM. I use both my corded vacuum and handheld to make sure I can reach into every crack and crevice. With any luck you’ll find that missing earring and maybe even a mobile phone that disappeared!
CARPET AND FABRIC SEATS/SURFACES. Next clean the fabric seats, armrests and carpet. Treat spots and stains first. Once the stains are removed, hot water with one or two drops of liquid dishwashing detergent plus some good old elbow grease should do the trick to clean fabric upholstery, if any, and the carpet.
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS. Any good glass and mirror cleaner, even a homemade recipe of 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in a spray bottle, along with a microfiber cloth will get the windows, windshield and mirrors (inside and out) clean. Using a microfiber cloth with window cleaner secret to streak-free glass surfaces.
Once you clean and replace all the things you took out of the car, stand back and take a look. A truly professional job at a do-it-yourself price.
Amazing, isn’t it!