Keeping your car’s interior clean can feel like an uphill battle for a daily driver, but when you’ve poured your heart and soul into a classic restore, the pressure to keep it pristine is ten times worse. So, what can you do to help keep y our freshly gleaming interior clean? These tips and tricks may vary depending on the materials in your car but will keep your seats and floors looking and feeling new!
Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
For many restored classics, leather bench seats or captains chairs are the go-to, and for excellent reason! Leather gives a refined, classy look and can be plush and comfortable to relax on while going for a drive. Keeping your leather seats in like-new condition can be difficult, but there’s a reason why products like Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner exist! There are also several recipes online to make your own. Regardless of your choice, be sure to vacuum out the car and spot test your cleaner and conditioner on a small, hidden area of leather before doing the entire interior. Once you’ve decided it’s good to go, work in a polishing motion with a microfiber cloth and allow your seats plenty of time to dry entirely before climbing in to enjoy the supple beauty.
Finding mats that fit may be a pain or even feel impossible, but commissioning custom-made mats for your refurbished classic has never been easier. Many vendors are happy to include leather detailing to match your vehicle’s interior and will personalize them to your specifications. Don’t skimp on this step, as you’ve already worked hard to enjoy this moment. You want to be able to drive anywhere without worrying about the floorboards or getting onto your friends and family when they climb inside.
Occasional Trash Collection
Owning and driving your classic restoration is for the fun of it, right? Sometimes fun can mean accumulating a bit of trash by the end of the day. A great option to keep debris out of the floorboards and in one spot for grab-and-go removal is a reusable cereal container. Many of these containers have locking rims and pop-up lids, perfect for lining with a grocery bag and collecting a day trip’s worth of trash that won’t topple and spill. Keep extra bags in the bottom and pull up a fresh one each time, and you’ll always have somewhere to throw your trash.
Keeping any car interior clean is a struggle depending on your lifestyle and climate. Between dirt, road salt, and old-fashioned wear and tear, your vehicle’s interior can take a beating, but why let your classic car show its age on the inside? The simple tricks above will give that classic a few more decades , at the least.