Protect Your Car Interior This SummerPosted on 21 December, 2020 8:19:22
As we move away from rain and hail and the seasons change, there’s another weather-induced danger lurking just around the corner.
In the hot and unforgiving climates of Australia, sun and heat can do just as much, if not more damage to your car than winter weather.
Just because we’re entering silly season doesn’t mean we can’t stay smart about car care. While the sun and UV rays can cause irreversible damage to your vehicle, there are ways to prevent or slow down this damage. To extend the life of your car and keep it looking shmick through the warmer months, follow our essential tips for protecting your car interior.
Made in the Shade
Car interior elements like leather seats, dashboards and steering wheels can all be exposed to an excessive amount of UV rays during the summer months. While they’re made to withstand some heat, the UV levels we receive are too much for the sensitive inner linings of our cars to endure for frequent long periods. We recommend always parking in the shade, away from the direction of the sun or in a garage if possible. This will help you to prolong the colour of your car, as the sun can cause harsh discolouration and cracking just as it does to our skin. You should also apply a leather conditioner frequently to get ahead of the damage.
Keep it Clean
In high temperatures, dirt can become permanently baked on to the surfaces of your vehicle. This can permeate the protective layer of your car and scratch or rip the interior materials. Crumbs and spills not only degrade the surface of your seats but once the sun hits them for a few hours, you could be dealing with a very stinky car. Combine that with half a beach worth of sand you’ve tracked back to town and your car will be feeling less than new. We recommend booking in for an interior detailing regularly to maintain the value of your car and keep your driving time a pleasant, fresh smelling experience.
Cover Up This Summer
We recommend investing in some quality accessories to cover key areas of your interior. A dash cover will protect this area from reaching damaging temperatures when you’re unable to park in the shade. You can also find covers for your side and back windows to ensure that you’re covering all your bases. Seat covers will stop crumbs and dirt from getting into the cracks of your interior and baking in the sun to produce unpleasant odours and surface damage. Covers can be easily removed and washed so that your car stays clean and dry no matter how many beach runs you do. A steering wheel cover will protect the leather from cracking or drying but it will also protect your hands from a wheel that’s been sitting in 40 ° heat all day. Finally, floormats will allow you to scoop up and toss out any debris that’s landed at your feet.
Do you need more help keeping your car clean over summer? We can help you ensure your interior is properly looked after. Contact us today to learn more about our interior detailing package, or drop by your nearest Magic Hand Carwash location.