The Illinois stay-at-home order has provided me a decent amount of time to do different things.
Things, like going outside and caretaking to my car.
You see, when I was still living on campus, my car was parked in a dirt lot. The only time I’d ever get to use it was on the weekends, and that’s if I was able to find time. The University of Illinois campus is not car friendly, so there aren’t many opportunities for me to use it.
Or take care of it.
A busy college schedule means that things like cleaning your car interior will always get pushed back to a different day… or week… or month…
Now that I am stuck in the same place all day, I was able to find time and deep clean my car’s interior. It had dirt and muck and everything in between since January.
The first thing I did was vacuum the car. I went and got every nook and cranny and got every little speck of dirt out. I even went and vacuumed the trunk! That required me to get into the trunk, so I am sure my neighbors were very confused with what I was doing.
After I vacuumed, I went and blasted air from an air tank all over the buttons and dashboard of the car.
This is a trick that I feel not a lot of people know about. Many people use dusters or even paintbrushes to get rid of dirt and dust, but the issue is that if your car contains a lot of plastic, the dust could scratch the surface and leave nasty marks. This is especially true for the gauge cluster cover. Most of the time, that’s plastic – not glass, so going over it with a cloth or duster will leave clear scratch marks.
After the air removed the dust, I then went on and made everything shine using a cloth and tire shine (believe it or not).
And then, I was finally finished. The car looks like brand new and it was worth it. I’m looking to sell the car soon, so it’s important that I keep it in top shape.