While it’s important to take care of and protect your car’s paint and exterior during the winter, taking care of the inside is just as important. Winter can be extremely tough on the interior of your car thanks to all of the slush, mud, and dirt we track into our cars. Whether it tends to rain, snow or both in the winter where you live, here are 4 simple ways to protect your car’s interior in winter.
Keep The Interior Dry
Whether it’s raining or snowing, when you get into the inside of your heated vehicle any moisture on the exterior of your coat or clothes is going to be transferred onto the upholstery. And if you have fabric seats it can absorb this dampness and lead to unpleasant musty odors in your vehicle.
Invest in a set of seat covers to help prevent this from happening. If you find that unpleasant smells are permeating your vehicle, first vacuum it out, and then use an odor neutralizer.
Cover Floor Mats to Protect Your Car’s Interior in Winter
One of the biggest things you can do to protect your car’s interior in winter is to cover up your vehicle’s floor mats and carpet. Every time you get in your car you are tracking in snow, slush, sand, rock salt, mud, wet leaves, and more. Using floor mats in your car can help prevent this from being ground into the carpet.
Even if your car already has a set of floor mats, consider purchasing a second set to provide extra protection. The best kind of floor mats are those flexible, rubber trays as they a waterproof, impervious to mud and salt, and are very easy to clean.
If you don’t like rubber mats or are unable to invest in them, consider buying a cheap set of fabric car mats instead. Still, yet another idea is to cover them with plastic or newspaper, although you will need to switch them out frequently to ensure your carpet remains protected.
In the event your mats do become soaked through, you will need to remove them from the vehicle and hang them up to dry. Don’t leave them in the car or it’ll smell up the interior. Once they are completely dry, you can vacuum out the worst of the dirt.
Another way to protect your car’s interior in winter is to vacuum it regularly. Vacuuming should already be a part of your interior car cleaning routine regardless of the season, but in winter it helps to vacuum a bit more often. Your shoes are likely to become covered with various forms of salt, sand, mud, and dirt over the course of the winter, and this can be very bad for your car’s carpets and upholstery. While adding a set of inexpensive mats like I mentioned above definitely helps, you still need to clean those on a regular basis, too. Don’t forget to vacuum underneath the seats and any rugs that are in your car, as well as in the trunk.
Use Wipes Regularly
If you have leather upholstery, the cold weather can quickly dry it out. Keep a container of leather conditioning wipes handy to prevent the leather from drying out and cracking.
Foggy windows are commonplace during winter, and most of us don’t even think twice about reaching out and clearing a spot for visibility. Of course, doing so leaves smears and smudges on the windows which can be dangerous. Keeping a small container of windshield wipes in your car makes cleaning those smears a lot easier.
While we are on the topic of wipes, why not keep another package of antibacterial wipes, too. Car controls and dashboards are covered in germs, and winter is prime time for sickness. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Final Thoughts on Ways to Protect Your Car’s Interior in Winter
Your vehicle’s interior faces many of the same hazards that its exterior and undercarriage do. The road salt, snow, dirt, and mud that sticks to your boots can make a mess of your car floor, wetness can make your entire car smell bad, and cold temperatures can fog windows, and damage leather and your dash. By taking a few preventative steps, you can keep your car’s interior looking as good as it did the day you bought your car.