Dodge Monaco Maintenance Tips: How to Protect your Car Interior
The Dodge Monaco was intended to compete in the personal luxury category when it was introduced in 1965. Looking at your restored Monaca today, you can't help but feel proud to be an owner of one. It's a classic, but it can still compete with today's cars. So, the next thing for you to do is to keep your car looking as pristine as the day you finished outfitting it with modern car features. And the interior is one of the things that you may want to preserve—the leather seats, the spacious floor, and the newly installed dashboard. Since you and your passengers actually live in the interior when you travel in your car, you need to protect everything in it. Below are some tips on how to keep your car's interior looking fresh all the time:
- Do a quick clean whenever you can.
If you can't keep your passengers from eating inside the car, make sure to have a small trash can to keep all the trash while on the road. It can even be a simple, small trash bag that you can place on a temporary hook at the backseat. For the dashboard, you can just use a small rag and some soapy water to wipe the surfaces, including the leather seats. Just make sure to use a mild soap to avoid damaging the dashboard surfaces and your seat covers.
- Protect your interior from the weather.
Yes, even if it is not directly exposed to the rain or the sun's rays, the weather can still affect your car's interior. That's why, investing in a high-quality set of all-weather mats is a good idea. This can protect your car's floor from sand, mud, water, and snow. Plus, mats are easy to clean. But aside from the floor pan, your vehicle's upholstery and dashboard are also exposed to damage. The sun's UV rays can sure take their toll on these surfaces, causing vinyl to crack over time and materials to fade. Install a sunshade to the windshield to keep the sun's harmful UV rays away from your expensive upholstery and wooden dashboard.
- Be mindful of the cleaning agents that you use for your car.
When you clean the interior of your car, you don't stop at vacuuming. You also need some cleaning agents to help you with your weekly interior maintenance. But you have to be careful when it comes to buying cleaning agents. There are many types and brands out there, and it's easy to get confused. However, one thing you should always remember is to get a cleaning agent that's recommended for the materials inside your car. There are different cleaning agents for the leather seats, the carpet, the wooden dashboard, the metal surfaces, and the vinyl surfaces. Read the labels carefully so you'll know whether a cleaning agent is compatible with your car's interior surfaces or not.
- Have weekly and monthly cleaning schedules.
When it comes to your Dodge Monaco's interiors, there should be cleaning, and then there should be preventive maintenance. Cleaning involves vacuuming, brushing the seats to get rid of animal hairs, tidying up, and picking up trash. These should be done weekly. Then, there is the monthly and more serious cleaning that you need to do. This is when you need to get rid of stains, apply protective agent to vinyl or plastic surfaces as well as the dashboard, and taking a look at the hard to reach quarters inside the car, including the door jambs and window trims.