Bye Bye Salt Stains, Hello Spring!

After the winter we’ve had, more than likely your car floor is covered in salt stains. And with Pittsburgh getting a small covering of what we’re hoping is the last snow of the season this past weekend, we’re glad we decided to hold off on our car spring cleaning. But with temperatures picking back up, we decided to get in the spring cleaning mood and give you a 3 step how-to on getting rid of those salt stains once and for all!

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To start, you need some water, vinegar, a brush, absorbent rags, a vacuum and a little TLC.

1. Vacuum the area carefully, getting as much dirt and dry salt out as possible. Do not press too hard as this will force the salt further into the carpet and perhaps damage the fibers.

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2. Spray and soak again, this time using an absorbent cloth to wipe the area. If you have a wet/dry vacuum use it to remove the remaining moisture. (Do not use the family household vacuum – there will be expensive results from ingesting the salty water!) If you do not have a wet/dry vacuum use absorbent towels. Press down on the damp area with as much weight as possible.

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3. Repeat as necessary, the salt will eventually come off and the vinegar smell will go away as well. Leave the windows open and enjoy the Pittsburgh spring air!

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Get You Car Clutter Free in 5 Easy Steps

As embarrassing as it is, we all have had it at least once – a cluttered car. For most, your car is an extension of your house. You have items in there that have out worn their welcome. From clothes and shoes to that fast food bag you forgot about, your car has become the bearer of all things. But there comes a time when you realize that enough is enough, you have to clean your car! But where do you start? Well, that’s where we come in! Here are some steps to help you achieve a car that’s clutter free!

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1. Start in the trunk
This is the part of you car that you’re most likely going to find the most mess. The truck is the go-to storing space in your car since you don’t have to look at the clutter. When you fo through the piles of clutter in your trunk, sort them out using the five-box method: donate, sell, keep, store, and throw. Only the items that go in the keep box should remain in the trunk. But make sure that after you figured out what to keep, you organize the items in a way that won’t clutter up your trunk.

2. Move to the back and front seat.
Just like the trunk, you can organize your backseat with the same five-box method. Sort through all items and put them in the appropriate places. After you have tackled the backseat you can move to the front. The glove compartment is another area that needs some attention.

3. Collect loose change
Most cars have tons of loose changing rolling around. To prevent this, put a small coin box in your car. This will also make coins more accessible when you need them for parking, toll fees, and more!

4. Leave an empty bag inside the car
To help prevent your car becoming a cluttered mess all over again, leave an empty bag inside your car for trash. At the end of the day, take the bag out of the car so you don’t accumulate trash.

5. Impose a “no food” rule
This rule is great to keep the clutter and smell out of your car. If you do need to eat inside, just be sure to throw the trash away immediately and clean the inside of the car thoroughly.