Tuesday, February 21, 2006 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6  
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Keep your vehicleís interior clean this winter.

No matter where in the country you live, winter months can be murder on the interior of your car. With the sand and salt covering colder climates, and the stagnant, cooler air elsewhere in the country, the inside of your car can take quite a pounding, whether you realize it or not. But fear not, there is hope. A few simple monthly tasks can prolong the beauty and quality of your vehicleís interior.

Naturally, it all starts with attempting to keep things as clean on the inside as you should be on the outside, which is often overlooked in the dead of winter. The sand and salt that characterize winter streets can also make quite an impression on the carpeting and floor mats of your interior. Salt can easily stain mats, and sand, despite its innocent appearance, can cut through carpet fibers like a knife, leaving them looking old and worn well before their time.

Needless to say, frequent vacuuming is the best way of preventing sand, salt and dirt from ruining the carpeting youíve paid so much for. Be sure to be thorough as carpet fibers are dense and matted, and hold a great deal more dirt than meets the eye. Naturally, itís difficult to avoid tracking dirt into your car over the winter months, but you can ease the pain with vacuuming, and good carpet cleaner should remove any salt stains that happen to pop up. Itís important to know, too, that this applies all year round, everywhere in the country. Sand and dirt cause just as much damage in the summer.

The onset of winter comes hand in hand with driving with your windows up, trapping dust, germs and stale air inside with you. Frequently dust the interior with a damp cloth and allow it to air out. A little anti-bacterial spray never hurt anyone either. Keeping the rest of your interior dust- and bacteria-free will go a long way towards keeping you breathing easier and feeling better, too.

For leather interiors, itís important to realize that the sun can do just as much damage in the winter months as it does in the summer. The sunís rays still penetrate your windshield and wreak havoc on leather upholstery despite the cooler temperatures. Invest in a quality leather conditioner to ensure that crucial oils keep your fine (expensive) leather looking as new as the day you bought it.

And, as always, for the best results and to prolong the life and quality of your vehicle, check in with our service department for more interior-saving care tips. Keeping a car running and looking like new takes time and a little elbow grease (or a quick visit to us), especially in the winter. Your car deserves just as much attention and care in the winter as it does in the summer. These simple tips should keep the interior clean and warm, even if itís bitter cold outside.


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