Cleaning Your Car For A Date

Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

So you’ve booked a table at a fancy restaurant, got some schmick new duds and a styling new haircut – ready to hit the town.

But before you pull up outside their house, dressed to impress – take a little bit of time to care for your car, so it doesn’t become your last date.

Your car says a lot about your personality. And while you don’t have to go out and buy the hottest new set of wheels to impress someone, you can give your everyday car the once over to make sure your date gets the right first impression.

Working from the rear of your car forwards ensures that you don’t forget any part of your car – as you’re moving from the least used to the most used sections for passengers.

Junk in the trunk

If your boot is the permanent residence for your beach towel, your gym bag and occasionally entertains your pet between check-ups – there are probably some interesting smells soaked in. 

Take stock and throw out anything that doesn’t need to be in there for your date (hint: you only need the spare tyre and its tools. And maybe an umbrella.) 

Take out all those old green shopping bags and vacuum out the boot with some deodoriser. If you have a ute or plastic-lined boot, give it a hose out (or just a wipe down) to get it looking fresh.​

The back seat

You’re not normally this side of the driver’s seat, so it has eventually become a museum to old chip packets, empty drink bottles and random receipts that no-one wants to visit. Maybe your yoga mat lives here, next door to the phonebook that you keep for the maps. But unless you’re planning on doing Pilates on your date, it can all go.

Throw out all the rubbish, and give it a vacuum to get rid of any stray hairs, dirt or crumbs that’ve built up.

Up front

This is where the magic happens. Automotively speaking.

It’s estimated that, over a lifetime, that you spend 4.3 years behind the wheel. That’s circling the block looking for a park between Olympic games’.

You do a lot while you’re driving. You steal a sneaky french fry, gulp some water before the lights change and do the one-hand rummage to find gum in your bag on the back seat. 

Obviously the nearly half-decade you’re at the wheel will build up some rubbish; and while you’re more likely to notice the rubbish at the front of the car – there may be some spots you miss.

If you have floor mats in, take them out and chuck them in the washing machine while you give the front a good vacuum. Do the same with any seat covers (although, it’s best to wash floor mats separately, because, ew, dirty feet have been on them.)

Declutter the glovebox – leaving just your service logbook, car's manual and anything vitally important like account information from your insurer.

Take out the ashtray and rinse it in the sink and clear out the spacer compartment underneath the radio.

Your car’s outsides

Because what’s on the outside counts, make sure you clean the exterior. Give your car a good wash, dry it off with a chamois or microfiber towel to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating as quickly; and don’t forget to apply a coat of tyre shine, if you’re feeling fancy.

Finishing touches

To really make it special, mix a half cup of water, a quarter cup of gin or vodka and 15 to 20 drops of essential oils (or a mix) into a spray bottle and give the inside of your car a few spritzes the morning before your date (nobody wants to be knocked out with tea tree oil.)

Either way, have a wonderful time – and remember to stay off your phone on the road and in the middle of your date.