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Dashboard Care: Keeping it Neat and New

on April 11, 2014

While it is alright to keep the paintwork and other technical maintenance operations for our car exterior to the professionals, it is a must that we know how to make sure that the interiors are always their best shape. Keeping your dashboard neat and clean will be a very important part of this. In addition to keeping it organized, a good interior makes it easy to find a buyer for your car when the time comes for you to sell it. In this article, we’ll look into all you need to know about dashboard care.

One very common problem in car interiors especially in older cars is the dashboard. Many people have ended up having to either replace their dashboards or to have a cover made to cover the cracks that come up after many years of exposure to the sun. You need to know how to take care of your dashboard to avoid these and other unfortunate things from happening to your car’s cockpit. Here are some tips for you if you want to keep your dashboard looking its best.

  • Get a sun shade. Although they are highly underestimated, sun shades go a long way in ensuring that car dashboards stay neat and new for the longest periods. They are cheap and very easy to use. Most of the damage to the dashboard happens when it’s parked outside in the sun. A simple thing like placing a shade on the inside part of the windshield can add as many as 20 years to the life of your dashboard.
  • Invest in a Dash Cover. This is another very effective method of ensuring that your dash stays neat and well looked-after. When installed correctly, dash covers will protect your dashboard from scratches and the harmful UV rays from the sun while at the same time ensuring that your car’s interior still looks aesthetically attractive. Unlike shades, covers are always in place hence there is no risk of forgetting when you are in a rush and they are always protecting your dash board even when you are driving.
  • Get good cleaning tools. Before you start learning how to keep your dashboard neat and new, it is first a must that you prepare the materials that you will need. Don’t worry, most of these things can already be found in your home so all you have to do is to look for them and extra spending is not really always needed. The main materials that you will need to keep your dashboard clean include cleaning cloths, an interior dash brush, car interior cleaner solution, a vacuum cleaner. An interior dash brush can be any kind of soft bristled brush you can get your hands on – you can even use a cotton bud in lieu of it.
  • Learn how to clean. You will notice that there will be a lot of small spaces present in your dashboard such as the side lines between the air conditioner, media player, and GPS screen among others. Make use of your interior dash brush for these tight spaces. Remember to avoid using a lot of fluid in doing this as they might damage the electronic tools installed in the vehicle.

You see, keeping your dashboard clean and neat doesn’t require a lot of work. Moreover, you do not need to spend a lot in making sure that your car dashboard is properly cleaned and maintained as well. In a nutshell, as long as you know and apply these simple steps, you can make sure that your interiors continue to look its best. See how easy it is to keep your dashboard looking nice and new for as long as possible!


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