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Cleaning the interior of your car may not bring back that heady new car smell, but it will certainly improve the air quality. Washing the windows, getting rid of trash and clutter, and cleaning the carpet and seats will make you breathe easier and could even improve your driving skills.
Professional detailing can be quite costly, but with just a few tools and cleaning supplies that you probably have on hand, you can clean your car interior just like the pros.
How often to clean your car depends on driving conditions, how the vehicle is used, the number of passengers, and how frequently you drive.
Safety is always a priority when it comes to car maintenance. Clean interior windows at least monthly or when grime impedes your ability to see oncoming vehicles. Remove trash and debris from the driver's floorboard and dashboard when it interferes with the vehicle's controls. A thorough cleaning of the car's interior twice a year should suffice. Keep the interior in its best shape to help the car last longer and retain its value when you sell or trade it in.
Gather Trash and Debris
Gather all the trash from the floorboards, cup holders, door pockets, and seat pockets and recycle or dispose of it. Remove car seats, toys, and other items from the car.
Remove and Clean the Floor Mats
Floor mats are often some of the dirtiest items in a car interior. Remove all of them from the car for easier cleaning. Give each mat a good shake or vacuuming before you begin cleaning. Then place them on a tarp or other type of drop cloth rather than on the dirty ground.
For carpeted mats, use a carpet or upholstery cleaner and follow the instructions.
For rubber, vinyl, or silicone mats, use a hose to wash away excess soil. Mix a solution of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bucket. Dip a scrub brush in the solution and clean the mats. Rinse well and let them air-dry before placing them back in the car and continue cleaning the other areas of the interior.
Clean the Interior Windows and Mirror
Use a microfiber cloth and an ammonia-free commercial window cleaner (ammonia can damage interior plastics) in a spray bottle to remove the haze from interior windows. Make your own window cleaner by mixing a one-to-one solution of distilled white vinegar and water. Lower the windows slightly and start at the top of the window and work down so you will catch any drips.
Clean the Center Console
The center console usually includes cup holders that can get messy. If the cup holder is removable, allow it to soak in some warm water and a bit of dishwashing liquid. Scrub it clean with a sponge. Finish by wiping it down with a soft cloth and rinsing well with fresh water. Dry and reassemble the console.
To clean the gearstick and other controls, use a clean microfiber cloth that is only slightly damp. To reach tight corners, use an old toothbrush, damp cotton swab, or wrap a damp paper towel around the tip of a dull knife or flat-head screwdriver. This is just simple processes.
Remove curtains from government vehicles, says Motor Vehicles Department
The decision to conduct checking regarding these rule violations was taken in a meeting convened by transport commissioner last week, following the directive from the high court.
MVD had sent directive to all government departments, including offices of ministers, to comply with the order, as many of the government vehicles are using curtains on windowpanes.
“No motor vehicle is allowed to be used in any public place after tampering with the percentage of visual transmission of light of the safety glass of the windscreen, rear window and side windows either by pasting any material upon the safety glass or fixing sliding ‘cloth curtains’, etc...,” states the directive.
According to a senior MVD official, the government departments have been served directives to remove cloth curtains in windowpane of vehicles and fine will be levied from them, if the violation is caught during checking.
“Initially, it is proposed to implement the order as awareness activity along with checking for other traffic violations. Motorists will be penalised once clarity on amendment on MV Act is received from the Centre,” said an official from MVD.
The directive further states that no motor vehicle with tinted lighting devices or reflector by fixing vinyl tint film stickers, LED bar lights, LED flexible strip lights, halogen driving lamps, etc.
Transport vehicles including KSRTC and KURTC buses will not be permitted to exhibit advertisements, figures, writing which are likely to distract the attention of other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. And the safety glass of the wind screen, rear window and side windows of transport vehicles will have to be maintained as per standards prescribed in CMV Rules.
Also, strict action will be taken against motorists for violation of provisions under Rule 102 to 111 of CMV Rules which pertains to signalling devices, direction indicators and stop lights, position of indicators, fitment of reflectors, lamps, deflection of lights, top lights, use of red, white and blue lights, parking light and lamp on three wheelers.
The directive from transport commissioner asked the MVD officers to take steps to implement the directives issued by the high court.
How to Install a TV in Your Car: Step by Step Guide
Find a location to place the TV in your car
Before you start installing your TV, it’s important to choose a location for the car. You have two options: either install the TV in the center console or behind the driver and passenger seat headrest. The first option is more difficult because of how far away from everyone else it will be; however, this means that no one can watch your TV but you. The second option is in the middle of two people, which can be nice for long trips or when watching a movie together with friends.
Another consideration to make before installing your TV is how much space you have available behind the headrests and seat backs. If there isn’t enough room, you may need to purchase a long extension cord.
Measure the width of your car
One thing to keep in mind when installing a TV into your car is how wide it will be. You need to purchase a stand for your TV that’s as wide as or wider than the width of your vehicle, so make sure you measure before buying anything!
Purchase an LED TV for energy efficiency
It’s important to choose a TV that is energy-efficient and long-lasting. LED TVs are the best choice because they use less energy than other types of TVs, so this will save you money on your electric bill!
LED TVs also last much longer than traditional models; how many hours depends on how often it gets used but generally stands at around 50,000 hours. This is a huge difference compared to how many hours typical TVs last which ranges from 200-1000 hours on average!
Remove the rear seat from your vehicle
Now that you’ve purchased everything for your TV installation, it’s time to take the rear seat out of your vehicle. This will make it easier and safer when installing because there won’t be anything or anyone in the way!
Mount the TV on top of the stand
The next step is to mount the TV on top of the stand. You will need a drill and screwdriver for this, so make sure you have those ready! Drill holes in your car where the screws are located and use these as guides for how high or low you want them. Next, put washers through each hole and then thread one of the screws. Put a nut on top of each screw and tighten until it’s secure!
Connect all necessary cables
Press the power button on your TV and plug it into a wall outlet to turn it on. Next, attach all necessary cables before reattaching your rear seats if you removed them earlier.
Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better
Let’s talk about loudspeaker grilles- you know, those things that cover the front of your speakers and make them look boring. Many people, for whatever reason, seem to prefer their loudspeaker appearance with the grilles on. But grilles aren’t just about the aesthetics of the speaker, they also protect it from harm and abuse- like say, a rambunctious child or pet who may otherwise damage the delicate cone of the woofer or dome of the tweeter. Most home audio loudspeaker grilles are removable though, so their use is optional for most domestic applications. Given how fussy audio enthusiasts can be, the use of grilles has been a point of strong personal preference for as long as there have been home audio loudspeakers.
Here at Audioholics, we have received many inquiries in the past pertaining to the impact of speaker grilles on the sound quality. More specifically, something along the lines of:
“Will my speakers sound better or worse with the grilles on?”
Since there are so many different speaker designs out there, the answer to that question could never be an absolute yes or no, at least without knowing the characteristics of that particular speaker. However, in our experience, grilles usually do not improve loudspeaker performance. In this article, we will explain how and why grilles tend to have an adverse effect on the speaker's performance, and we will also talk about how much they can actually spoil the sound quality.
Air Ducts and Vents: What You Need to Know
Air ducts and air vents serve an important function in your home. They make up an intricate part of its main ventilation, heating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Without this system, your home would be unable to receive sufficient air at the temperature you would like.
The purpose of an air duct network is to guide the air that enters through the air vents to the main heating or cooling component of your central air unit. In addition, the air ducts also help guide air that has been heated or cooled back out of the air vents throughout the home. This system ensures that every part of your home receives the right amount of temperature-controlled air.
Air vents are the metal plates found over the holes throughout the home that are responsible for letting the air in the home enter and exit the air ducts. There are two different types of air vents that do this: supply and return vents.
Types of Air Vents
Supply vents suck in air that goes through the air ducts that finally ends up at the main heating or cooling unit.
Return vents circulate the air back into your home. After the unit changes the temperature of the air to reflect the temperature on your thermostat, the air is brought back through the air ducts and out of the return air vents, which allow the temperature-controlled air back into the home.
This is all a simultaneous process, which means that the air in your home is constantly circulating air through this system. Because the air duct and vent system are always working when the thermostat kicks in, it is important to often have them maintained and cleaned properly at least every 3 to 5 years. Not doing so can result in a build-up of dust and other pollutants that can affect the air quality of your home.