Tips For Maintaining Vehicle Appearance

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AAA discusses their top tips for maintaining your vehicle’s appearance.

    John Nielsen: Maintaining the inside and outside of our car is really important to not only having a great looking ride but to protect at the investment we have in our car. When we talk about the outside maintenance and simple things like washing your car at least once a week to keep road grime off of it. Keeping a good coat of wax on will protect the paint and also help it look good everyday.

    When we talk about the inside of the car, simple things like having dirt or sand in the carpet can really reduce the life of that carpet. So keeping your car well vacuumed prevents the sand and dirt from cutting the carpet fibers and protects your investment in the long run.

    So as we move up the car, let's talk about upholstery next. Now depending on what type of upholstery we have, we will need to use specific cleaners for that. If we have cloth seats, we want to make sure that we use a cleaner that's specifically designated for upholstery. Anything else can actually damage the fibers or create new stains.

    If we're dealing with vinyl, they will usually wipe down pretty easily with a simple household soap. Finally with leather, there are a couple of things that are important. We really want to keep it clean and to do that we want to use a designated leather cleaner or saddle soap.

    Once it's clean, we want to make sure that we put a conditioner on it, and this isn't a regular protectant, this is a conditioner that helps keep the leather soft. So by maintaining your car properly, just keeping things clean and in good order is a great way to protect your investment and have a great looking car everyday.