Fans! Size this extra day by entering to win an iPad 2.

Advertisements

Six Spring Cleaning Tips for your Car Interior

Spring_clean

Springtime is here and you know what that means. It’s time to throw out those filthy fast food cups, wipe down that dusty dashboard and let in some fresh air to dispel that smell that’s been bothering you for the last 3 months. Yes, it’s time for some spring cleaning and we want to share six simple tips using common household items to properly clean your car interior without a fuss.

Let’s start with the ceiling.

1. Ceiling: If the ceiling of your vehicle is made out of fabric material, wiping it too hard with a wet cloth may cause some fuzz. You want to make sure you use a slightly damp washcloth made out of superfine fibers and you can add a bit of neutral detergent as needed.

2. Dashboard: You can wipe the dashboard down with a washcloth and use a car brush or toothbrush to dust any hard to reach spaces.

 

3. Handles & Steering Wheel: Many cars have leather handles, so you may be tempted to use household leather care products, but it’s not advised. These can make your steering wheel slippery and hinder you from having a good grip. We recommend keeping a dry cloth in your glove compartment to wipe it down every now and then.

4. Heater: Use a dry cloth and cotton swabs to easily access those narrow vent spaces. It’s good to clean these areas to help prevent any allergies and respiratory ailments caused from too much dust.

If you smell something foul when turning on your heater – It could be fungus or a special surprise from a skunk. Mix some mustard powder in warm water and spray it into your vents. Afterwards, run your heater on the strongest mode for 4-5 minutes. This is a very effective way to eliminate odor.

5. Car Seats: Car seats are often the culprit of unpleasant stenches (Think about all the spills, pets and people that have been in your car). You can certainly use various products to clean your seats, but as the saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ so try to wipe down seats often. Leather seats are easier to clean with a damp cloth and a bit of neutral detergent. For fabric seats, spray water mixed with a neutral detergent and wipe down the seats with a damp cloth, followed with a dry cloth. Make sure to keep the windows down to allow the upholstery to dry completely.

6. Car Floor Mats: For rubber, simply spray it down with soapy water and wipe, and for fabrics, you can always use your household vacuum.

 

Hopefully we’ve shared some tips you can put to good use and make your car squeaky clean and ready for spring.

Courtesy of Kia Buzz

KIA OPTIMA EARNS KIPLINGER’S PERSONAL FINANCE 2012 BEST NEW CAR VALUE AWARD

Recognized by the editors at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a 2012 Best New Car Value, the Kia Optima has been ranked “Best in Class” in the $25,000-$30,000 sedan category. Kiplinger’s editors sort through hundreds of contenders to reveal the best values in its annual buyer’s guide. Winners are selected in 12 categories for Best in Class, Best New model, Best Resale and Most Fuel Efficient. Within the categories, each vehicle is ranked by performance, value, safety, roominess and driving impressions. Accolades for the Optima, such as Kiplinger’s “Best in Class” award, helped the stylish mid-size sedan become the top-selling Kia model in January with more than 8,800 units sold.

“The Optima continues to attract new customers to the brand with the right balance of value, performance, fuel economy and modern amenities that consumers are looking for,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing & communications, Kia Motors America. “The mid-size sedan segment is more competitive than ever, and Kiplinger’s recognition of the Optima is tangible evidence that Kia’s momentum continues.”

Kiplinger’s editors found the Optima’s sharp creases, wraparound head lights and aggressive front end to make a bold styling statement. “The available turbo-boosted four-cylinder engine puts out more horsepower than most in its class and it’s a difference you’ll feel on the road,” said Jessica Anderson, Associate Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “Add in value pricing and loads of standard features and you’ve got serious swagger.”

The monthly Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine advises its readers on managing their money, covering investing, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, real estate, buying and leasing a car, health care, travel and financing college.

Courtesy of Kia