During a commencement speech at the University of Texas, U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven, the commander of the forces that organized the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, delivered some key advice on success. We could all benefit from his simple but sage advice.
"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,'' McCraven told the graduates of his alma mater.
"If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,'' he said. "It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
We can take that advice and apply it to so many things that will enrich our daily lives – right down to maintaining our vehicle. If you want to maintain a fresh clean car smell, you must, like the admiral claims, learn to be intentional about your routine. Here are 5 tips to keep your car feeling fresh and clean:
- Make a solemn vow to empty your car of trash each time you leave the vehicle. This is harder than it sounds but establishing this one routine will go a long way toward keeping your car fresh. If a small trash bag would help, keep a roll stashed in the side of your door and use it each time to clean out the Kleenex, paper napkins, and fast food cups and bags that can so quickly accumulate in your vehicle.
- Keep a can of compressed air in your glove compartment and use it whenever you are in a traffic jam or waiting to pick up children from a soccer game. It’s a great way to blast built-up dirt from hard-to-reach areas.
- If your floor mats are cloth, wash them in your washing machine. Give them a quick shake to get any loose dirt off and drop them in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Place them where they can air dry. You’ll be surprised at how fresh this will make your vehicle smell.
- Have a handful of tools you typically use for other purposes and apply them for cleaning your vehicle. A toothbrush is great for scrubbing those creases and cracks that collect grime. A sponge paint brush does wonders for getting in those hard to reach air conditioning vents and a lint brush helps collect the cookie crumbs that fall from your child’s hands.
- Don’t forget to clean the roof of your car! This is your chance to break out those seldom-used vacuum attachments and put them to work.
According to a study done by the Harvard Health Watch, the average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. Doing the math, that adds up to an astounding 37,935 hours driving a car during a lifetime. Since we spend that much time in our cars, it just makes sense to keep them clean and organized.
However, if you would like a jump start to getting your vehicle smelling factory-fresh, ask your dealer about NuVinAir Restore.®
This fifteen-minute treatment will reduce HVAC pollutants, eradicate odor, and restore the vehicle’s cabin-space to pinnacle cleanliness.
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