Keep Your Car Clean – Even With Pets

April 12th, 2021 by

Toddler and dog traveling in the second seat of the car together.Adventures without your furry friend by your side are undoubtedly unbearable, but it’s no secret they tend to dirty up your vehicle. Even though it’s not their fault, between the shedding fur and the occasional smell their bodies put off, it can do a number on your ride’s interior. Although, there’s no need to leave man’s best friend at home. Use these five tips to keep your vehicle clean and your favorite, furry companions close.

Clean Before and After

Between road trips with your pup, make sure you make time for a quick cleaning session. While the wet nose smears may be cute and funny, they can be quite a pain to clean up if left to sit on the glass window. If you have cloth upholstery seats, investing in a wet vacuum will sure do the trick, or if you have leather seats, a quick rub down with a damp towel should remove any unwanted, dirty paw prints. So, let us encourage you, as soon as you get home and unload your belongings, kids, and furry pals, make time for a quick clean-up, so you can avoid a nasty build-up of dirt, fur, and slobber on your seats and windows.

Protect Your Seats

If you have cloth upholstery seating, a stain-resistant fabric guard spray will be your new best friend. On the other hand, a seat cover will protect both your cloth upholstery from stains and your leather from paw print and nail damage. While there are a variety of seat covers made of different materials, plastic ones will be most efficient for easy clean-up. Also, seat covers can be a safety net for your doggie, as they secure them in a space, restraining them from moving around the vehicle while it is in motion.

Remove Pet Odors

Just like humans, if we didn’t shower every day, we would smell, so it’s no surprise pets can give off a musty smell. Although with the help of a quick vacuum session and wipe down of the seats and seat cover, the smell should instantly vanish. Of course, it never hurts to keep a pleasant-smelling air freshener in your vehicle. While something as simple as a water and baking soda mixture will do the trick, there are a few pet-odor-specific cleaning sprays you can find at the store.

Designate a Pet Seat

While we all love our animals, that doesn’t mean they have to have free rein of the vehicle. By keeping your pup in one space, you can limit the mess and wear on your interior. With the help of a car-approved harness or crate, they will be safer too.

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Prepare a Kit

Messes are bound to happen, especially when driving with pets, so make sure you travel prepared. Here are a few things to keep on hand:

  • Pet wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Towels
  • Lint rollers
  • Blanket
  • Brush
  • Plastic bags

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