As a TLC or rideshare driver, your car is more than a mode of transportation. It’s your moneymaker—in some cases, your entire livelihood. So keeping it clean isn’t simply a matter of taste. It’s a matter of making sure that your passengers are comfortable and happy when they go from point A to point B. We aren’t talking about deep cleaning or sanitizing your car. We’re focusing on easy ways to keep your car clean and dirt-free for you and your passengers.
Make a No-Food Rule
The easiest way to keep your car clean is to stop messes before they happen, and one of the biggest sources of mess in cars is food. You can’t always control what your passengers do, but if you gently request that your customers not eat their leftovers or snacks in the car (and not eat yourself), you’ll keep crumbs, wrappers, and spills out of your car.
Keep a Trash Can in the Car
When people have stuff to throw away and there isn’t a trashcan available, they’re more likely to get tired of waiting and drop their trash on the ground. Invest in something that can be used as a small trash can for your car that passengers can drop their tissues or napkins in. But make sure you find something with a lid and empty it regularly, or else it will make your customers more uncomfortable.
It would be nice if people were always courteous enough to kick the dirt and snow off their shoes before they got in the car. Unfortunately, people don’t always think, much to the dismay of your carpets. The best way of avoiding the problem is to use floor mats that you can shake out between passengers, especially in the winter.
Leave It to the Professionals
Washing the car with an old T-shirt and some dish soap may be easier, but it isn’t the best way to go about cleaning your car. Soap that’s not made to cut through brake dust and road salt on your car is likely to be less effective and may even scuff up the finish. Taking the car to a commercial wash is the best way to ensure it really gets clean. And spending a little more for a wax will make sure that your car not only shines but stays cleaner longer.
Watch Where You Park
The world is full of things that want to mess up your car’s wash and paint job. Pedestrians trip and spill their coffee on the hood, people at the grocery store park too close, birds perch right over the car and drop unpleasant surprises. When possible, try to avoid parking too close to other people or under trees to keep your car looking as good as the day you drove it out of the TLC car rental in the Bronx.