Nine Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Commercial Vehicle Fresh

You spend a lot of time in the cab of your commercial truck, and it doesn’t take much for that small space to accumulate dirt and debris. A clean cab is good for your health, your focus and your company’s brand.

Here are our top tips for cab maintenance.

  1. Trash: First things first. Gather up any coffee cups, food wrappers, soda cans and old receipts to make deep cleaning easier. Check your storage compartments for clutter as well.
  2. Vacuum: Shop vacs are a truck driver’s best friend when it comes to cab cleaning. Brush and crevice attachments will reach dust and dirt in the spaces around your seats, pedals, carpets and other tight areas.
  3. Wipe away grime: Disinfecting high-contact surfaces like the dashboard, door handles and steering wheel is a good habit, especially during a pandemic. Your hands carry lots of dirt and germs, so it’s essential to clean the surfaces you touch regularly.  
  4. Seats: Remember the coffee you spilled on your seat a few months ago? The stain is still there, so now’s the time to break out the soapy water or upholstery cleaner to scrub it out. Let your seats air dry after you’ve cleaned them. If you have leather upholstery, pick up some wipes or a spray that disinfects and conditions the material to prevent cracks.
  5. Carpets: Your carpet collects plenty of dirt, road salt and crumbs, so deep cleaning it a couple times a year will improve their appearance and smell. Shampoo the carpets and floor mats to remove deep stains, then spruce them up with fabric freshener.
  6. Windows: Clean windows are essential to your safety. Wipe away any smudges and splatter with glass cleaner and a dry cloth. You can use newspaper for a streak-free finish but avoid using it on tinted windows.
  7. Sleeper berth: This area is especially important to clean because dust and mold affect your respiratory system and impact your sleep. Throw sheets and curtains in the laundry. Then remove the mattress to beat out dust. You can also spray the mattress with white vinegar to sanitize them and neutralize odor.
  8. Cabin air filter: A clean air filter will protect your respiratory system from excess dust. You’ll need to check your owner’s manual for specifics, but a good rule of thumb is to change your air filter every six months or each 15,000 to 25,000 miles.
  9. Organizing: Keep your loose paperwork, tools and personal items tidy so you can find what you’re looking for in a snap. Seatback organizers, totes and toolboxes will keep your items in order without taking up too much space in your cab.

While you care for your truck’s interior, the team at Bauer Built Tire & Service will help you maintain the mechanical aspects of your commercial fleet. Contact us to schedule service.

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