The new school year is approaching hot and fast, and it’s important that you defend your vehicle’s interior against the Back to School Mess. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you get ready for the new school year and to keep your car clean all year long!

Line Your Cup Holders with Cupcake Liners

For many families, the cup holders eventually become collectors of sticky drink drippings, food crumbs, trash, loose change and many other things, creating a cup of nasty. Once these items mix, settle and cook in the summer heat, it is very difficult to bring your cup holders back to their original clean state. Therefore, it’s important to take some preventive steps to keep your precious cup holders clean. Insert a cupcake liner in each cup holder, replacing as needed. The silicone liners are preferred because they are easy to clean, and liquids will not leak through the material.

Create a Supply Holder Using a Remote Control Caddy or Over-the-Door Shoe Holder

In the craziness of the day, it’s very easy to let your childcare and car activity supplies start rolling around the trunk of your car until you need them next. With this, you run the risk of losing items under the seats, caps opening, materials spilling and crayons melting, etc. Organizing your car supplies with a cheap, over-the-door shoe organizer or a remote control caddy can prevent a lot of unnecessary cleaning and stress down the road.

Contain and Limit Foods in the Car

Use an art or bathroom caddy to hold after-school snacks or breakfast on-the-go. Using containers to hold and organize car snacks will help reduce the number of spills and crumbs on your seats and floor mats. Another way to reduce food spills is to limit the types of food and drink in the car to products with spill-proof or spill-resistant containers.

Cover the Back of Your Seats

Protect the back of your seats from muddy shoes by covering the back of your seats. You can purchase special pads made for this purpose, or you can make this a DIY project and turn old T-shirts into seat covers.

Cover Your Carpets

Children of all ages and even adults are prone to spilling when in the car, especially during the craziness of the morning or after school. Protect your floor carpets by covering them with plastic mats or flipping them upside down if the mat bottoms are rubber.

In the event that you or your kids have a spill, don’t worry! Xpress Car Wash offers free vacuums with every wash. We also have interior cleaning supplies available for purchase AND our Airline Drive location has car mat cleaners for those really BIG messes.