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How to care for your car from the inside out

(NC) – While many drivers are keen to get their cars shining as bright as possible on the outside, many neglect to clean the inside. Why let dirt and grunge get in the way of a sunny, spring day?

We spend a lot of time in our cars so if the interior isn't clean, it not only impacts how it looks, or how you feel in it, but it affects the overall value as well. This spring, the management at Autoglym recommends the following tips to clean and protect car interiors:

Shampoo throughout. This will keep it smelling great and will also help preserve the condition of its fabric upholstery, carpet, and hard surfaces. During the winter, external materials are easily transferred into a car's interior, such as salt, sand and other winter grime. These can be equally damaging to the inside as they can be to the outside, and can eat away the inner surfaces of your car. Autoglym Interior Shampoo is a gentle cleaner that's suitable for all interior hard surfaces, as well as fabrics.

Deal with the problem spots immediately. Don't leave cleaning dirt, spilled drinks or food until later, as these problem spots will become harder to remove the longer you leave them. Attending to food and drink spills quickly also reduces potential bacteria growth and unpleasant smells.

Get in the habit of cleaning regularly. Unfortunately, once leather, plastic or rubber cracks as a result of overt dryness, there's very little that can be done. This is why regular maintenance and moisturizing is so important – you want to prevent the cracks from initially happening, and from spreading if they're already there. Heading into spring, your car's upholstery and interior are at greater risk of being damaged, as excessive exposure to the spring sunshine can affect the interior, causing it to quickly age and dry out.

Additional information and tips are available online at www.autoglym.com.

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