Posted on 12/07/21

Fix Foolish Car Mistakes

Fix Foolish Car Mistakes

It's hard to feel foolish when you make a mistake that results in permanent damage to your vehicle. However, minor misfortunes can happen, regardless of whether they are caused by careless cashiers or kiddie carpoolers. We love our cars but live in them too which makes them vulnerable to all the mishaps and messes of life.

Move Car is here for you this April Fools' Day. You can fool yourself by using a few "fixes", which will make your car look even better. Then, you can get on the road to fewer mishaps and messes by using tricks to prevent future foolishness.

All of these tips are try-at-your-own-risk! Don't let this fool you! Seek out a professional if you are looking for a real solution.

Start clean

Preparation is the key to taking action before you do anything. You must read the blog last week and wash your car before you do anything. Vacuum the entire interior, including under-floor mats and crevices. Be extra careful in areas that you are going to treat, so that grit or garbage doesn't get in your way. Floor mats can be cleaned with a hose or washed in the washer, depending on their make and material.

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Choose your weapon

DIY stain-slaying is easier with homemade mixtures. You can make as many or as few as you want. Two spray bottles are required, one for your solution and one for plain water.

  • Vinegar 50/50 mixed with water
  • Mix 35/65/75 or 25/75 ammonia with water (note that you should never heat the ammonia).
  • Dishwashing detergent (plain) mixed with hydrogen peroxide 35/65

Absorbent Abhorrence

The most affected parts of your car are the absorbent ones. To name a few, commute with coffee, carpooling children, and splitting grocery bags. If you allow any of these substances to soak in, it can cause nausea and headaches. An unsightly stain can become a chronic smell when it is exposed to high temperatures.

Lift Liquid

Blot the spilled liquid immediately to avoid staining your skin.

  • Place a towel over the spilled liquid and gently press it down.
  • Use your cleaning spray to dampen the stain.
  • You can place a clean towel on the stain to absorb the solution. It should take anywhere from 15 to an hour for the towel to absorb the solution.
  • After you have soaked up all liquid, use a damp rag and a little bit of your cleaner to gently scrub the remaining stain. Start from the outside.
  • If the stain persists, you can either repeat Step 2 or use the next tip. It works for stubborn stains too.

Banish Bad Odors

It is necessary to fight bacteria and the stain as well as sugary-drink spillages.

  • Place a towel over the spilled liquid and gently press it down.
  • Spray your cleaner.
  • Sprinkle the stain liberally with baking soda and let dry overnight, if possible.
  • Cleanse the baking soda.
  • Spray the stain lightly with cleaner, then wipe it off gently using a clean cloth.
  • Re-enter Step 2 if the smell persists.

Sticky Stains

Use a lather to get grease and jelly off the carpet. Let the stain sit for half an hour before applying shaving cream. Use a clean cloth to wipe it off. You can clean the stain with the vinegar mixture mentioned previously. Use plain shaving cream and not gel without any moisturizers or other additives

Burning Love

Cigarette fires can be both embarrassing and unsightly. These are some ways to hide black marks in your headliner or seat.

  • Use a damp cloth or mayonnaise-soaked cloth to remove the hardened black edge. It can also be gently scraped off using a razor blade.
  • To remove the material, locate a hidden spot in your car.
  • Headliner: Use your fingers to gently scrape the fibers until they are sufficient to cover the hole.
  • Seat: Cut a piece from material that is the same size as the hole.
  • Apply a thin layer fabric glue to the inside and around the edges of your hole.
  • Smoothen the edges of the material or fibers over the hole by gently pressing.
  • Let dry overnight

Foggy Headlights

Try using toothpaste to clean your car's front lights if they look dull. Micro-scarring and oxidation, which can cause "foggy" appearances, build up like plaque on your teeth. You can also use the vinegar cleaner and baking soda to gently scrub your teeth.

Planning for Prevention

Planning and organization are key to avoiding mistakes that could spell (and smell!) disaster for your car. These tips will help you avoid repeating the mistakes made after all your hard work.

  • Tupperware has been recommended previously for making a trash can. It's the best way to avoid stains.
  • Make your own cup holders with sponge coasters to prevent drinks from leaking or spills.
  • Shower caddies are small enough to fit in between your car's seats. You can use them to store crayons, books, and toys. Or, they can be used as food holders so that your child doesn't get messy while eating.
  • Pencil cases, as well as other zippered pouches such as reusable snack bags and reusable snack bags make excellent storage options for art supplies such as crayons that like to melt under chairs and roll in the summer. Clip them together with a carabineer and attach them to a convenient place. The iheartorganizing blog has excellent instructions on how to do this, though she uses pouches specifically for that purpose.
  • To store things, hang shoe organizers on the backs of chairs. You can store everything from sunscreen to squeezable yogurt.

Place the Sheet on the Seat

Seat covers provide extra protection. Covers can be purchased in a variety of styles, including spill-resistant and decorative. You can also make your own covers. To cover your back seat completely, use an old sheet. You may need to crawl around to get the ends in the spaces between the seats. Note: Before putting anything underneath or on a car seat for children, make sure you check the safety and manufacturer restrictions.

Namaste to Trunk Stains

Cut up yoga mats to fit your trunk. It is simple to cut the foam to the right size. Once fitted, the natural springiness will keep it in place. Recommendation: When your car heats up, it is best to use new mats.

Fool-Proof WD-40

If you are stuck with a problem that you cannot seem to solve, you should remember the old adage "Life's problems can only be solved by two things: WD40 and duct tape." Duct tape is needed if it moves when it shouldn't. WD40 is needed if it doesn't move as it should.

Have you ever needed quick fixes for your car to fool the eyes or protect its interior? You can leave them in the comments, or send them to our Facebook and Google+ pages.

Happy April Fools Day!

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