Places– of Charm

SPEED CLEAN THE INTERIOR OF YOUR CAR IN FIFTEEN MINUTES!  Cleanliness is next to Godliness.  Pretty is as pretty does.  When immaculate, an older car can feel like a vintage Rolls Royce.


Have your car looking like new in just 15 minutes. Gather a few tools—a small plastic bin, garbage bags, glass cleaner, car cleaning wipes, air-conditioner treatment, a flat-head screwdriver, paper towels, and a hand vac—and get ready for your car to look fresh off the lot.

  • Minute 1: Toss items that shouldn’t be in the car into a small bin. Throw trash into a garbage bag. Spritz the cup holders with glass cleaner and let sit.
  • Minutes 2 and 3: Using the wipes, clean the dashboard, center console, inside door pockets, steering wheel, and gearshift. Spray air-conditioner treatment into the air vents below the windshield and let sit.
  • Minutes 4 and 5: Clean leather seats with a few wipes. (Seats that are upholstered will get vacuumed later.)
  • Minutes 6 and 7: Wrap a wipe around the end of a flat-head screwdriver, and run it along the buttons and switches on the dashboard. Wipe out the cup holders with paper towels.
  • Minutes 8 through 10: Spray glass cleaner on paper towels and wipe all the windows, including the windshield, sunroof, and rear window.
  • Minute 11: Remove the floor mats and whack them against each other to dislodge any dirt.
  • Minutes 12 through 14: On the driveway, vacuum the floor mats with the bare hose of a hand vac for maximum power (do not attach a tool). Vacuum the seat upholstery and foot wells, shifting the front seats fully forward, then back, to hit every spot.
  • Minute 15: Replace the mats and return the seats to their original positions. Open all the doors and let fresh air blow through.

18 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Bob Hedges

    This is how I win Heidi’s heart– and then I put a few cleaning wipes in her glove box. What happens later? I’ll leave this for your imagination.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey Wade, Bob, and Mary Alice! Reba, we are in the beginning stages of our garage project. On Friday sons Teddy and Johnny drove down to get the stuff they wanted to keep. We had a great time, went to lunch, and I got to meet Teddy’s girlfriend. After that, I felt free to get rid of stuff.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    After taking a carload to Goodwill, I filled the truck with electronics, old computer monitors, and some paint and headed to the hazardous waste center. It’s nice to know that old paint is mixed and used by Habitat of Humanity.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    The general contractor has guys to haul that to the dump. In the meantime, I put orange-dot labels on boxes (holiday decorations and files belonging to my husband) and they stacked them on the back patio. Yesterday, they added two outlets and finished the drywall. After they haul away that pile and pull out shelving, they will power clean the entire garage, and spray paint the ceiling and walls white. And, they will jack hammer the driveway and put in a new one.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Rose Anne! Our driveway has a raised section and is very, very cracked. The contractor will save the border of red brick. A new driveway will be nice. A month ago, our grandson D’mitri stubbed his toe on the raised section.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Becky, absolutely because they have to demolish the existing one and replace, but it’s one of those things that needed to get done. After getting other estimates, we went with Mark Little’s Pacific Legacy Construction, La Habra. The total came to 8,000 but we had one extimate at 12.

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