A pet owner’s guide to keeping your car spotless

Posted on 10 November, 2021 14:51:22

Pets are part of the family; whether you’re driving them to a vet appointment or bringing them along on a road trip, your furry friends tend to spend a lot of time in the car. We know you wouldn’t change this for the world – but we also know that your pet will cause your car to cop some wear and tear over time. As experts in car cleaning and maintenance, here are our best tips for keeping your car spic and span as a pet owner.

Prevention is key

If your pet sheds hair, you’ll know first hand how difficult it can be to clean up dog hair or cat fur. That’s why we suggest taking measures to prevent your car from getting covered in hair. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is by laying towels or blankets over the floors and seats – but for better coverage, consider purchasing a protector or backseat hammock specifically designed to catch pet hair and prevent messes. Even if your pet doesn’t shed hair, covering your seats and floors is still a good idea for muddy paws, long claws or drooling pups.

Keep cleaning materials in the car

As much as we love our pets, dogs and cats are notorious for making messes at the most inconvenient times. Your pet may suffer from car sickness or simply may have an accident while you’re driving – for incidents like these, keep a stock of paper towels or rags, disinfectant wipes, plastic bags and even cleaning spray in your car. You never know when they might be needed!

Confine your pet to one part of your car 

Letting your pet wander around the car is a serious safety concern. But on top of that, it will also cause more mess in your car than necessary. Invest in a car seat, seatbelt harness, or divider to keep your pet in the back seat. Cats and small dogs can even be transported in a carrier for extra safety and cleanliness.

Deal with pet odours as soon as possible 

It’s no secret that pets can get a little smelly from time to time, especially if they’ve been playing outside or in water. Unfortunately, a simple air freshener probably won’t do the trick for pungent pet smells. We recommend dealing with the smell as soon as you get home – vacuum your car’s interior, sprinkle some baking soda on your carpets or seats, and wipe away visible dirt with a damp cloth. If the smell still lingers, try a cleaner made to get rid of pet odours.

Get your car regularly cleaned

Even the most prepared pet owner isn’t always fully equipped to keep their car completely mess-free. Leave the tough jobs to the experts and take your car to a professional cleaner on a regular basis. When it comes to keeping your car in its best possible condition, we’re the best in the business. Find your nearest Magic Hand Carwash location now and let us do the dirty work while you enjoy a barista-made coffee in our café.

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