Avoid Interior Repairs with Maintenance
Auto Body Work isn’t Just the Outside of the Vehicle
After an accident you notice the dents, scratches, and broken glass. What you often don’t see is that the inside of the vehicle can be damaged as well. That glass can cut the upholstery, the dashboard may be cracked, and levers bent. Regular maintenance probably won’t let you avoid much of this damage.
However, what about the damage that happens to the vehicle through regular wear and tear? Scratches to the plastic parts of your car, stains on the seats and carpets, scuffs on the leather, sagging headliners, cracks in plastic… most can be avoided if you don’t skip the interior maintenance.
Maintaining Plastic Dashboards
The dashboard is a little thought of aspect of your car. Sure you look at the dials and gauges all the time, but that vast expanse of plastic beneath the windshield is often unnoticed despite its prominence and size. Of course, when they get dirty or damaged, now your eye is immediately drawn to the spot.
Maintain your dash regularly to avoid eye sore damage. Simply wipe it down with a microfiber cloth dipped in warm water; this will get rid of dust. Any spills may need a little extra scrubbing. After it is dry, then wipe it down with a dashboard cleaner; something with a UV protectant is best.
Whatever you do, don’t fall victim to the “pro tip” that olive oil will work! You will damage your vehicle, and rancid oil smells are hard to get out.
Maintaining the Seats and Carpets
Nothing takes more wear and tear than the seats and carpets in your vehicle. From dirty shoes, to sharp objects in the pocket, to spills and potty accidents, your upholstery goes through a lot! Here’s the thing: a clean vehicle lasts longer.
When dirt and grime are left on seats and carpets, they start to cut the fibers. Over time, the upholstery will wear out if that dirt isn’t removed in a timely manner. Regular vacuuming and cleaning will eliminate most of the dirt in the vehicle. However, you will want to have it professionally cleaned every year or so. The high powered shampooing will get far more dirt out of the seats than a home vacuum can.
Maintaining Leather Interiors
You did it. You splurged on the leather upgrade. Now how do you keep that leather in pristine condition? It’s beautiful for a while, but over time it gets worn, scuffed, and dirty. Keeping it clean can let you keep the beautiful leather look that you spent extra on.
Maintaining leather requires a little bit of extra work, but it’s well worth it. Start by vacuuming off all the dust and dirt. Then give it a quick wipe down with a microfiber cloth dampened with a water and vinegar solution. When the leather is completely dried, use a commercial leather conditioner (these work far better than the DIY cleaners found prominently online). Condition the seats every 3 to 6 months; more frequent if they’re exposed to the sun daily.
Bring Your Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center for Auto Cleaning
Did you know we do more than fix vehicles? We also have a full service auto detailing department. You don’t have to have been in a wreck to have your vehicle detailed at Big Sky Collision Center! If you don’t have the time, don’t have the desire, or don’t have the tools to clean and maintain the interior of your car appropriately, just make an appointment and let us do it! Call 406-259-6328 to schedule a time.