If you're fed up of the constant battle against the mud, hair and debris your pup leaves in your car, you're not alone. We're sharing some top tips on how to maintain a clean car so that you can free up valuable time and get back to what matters most... spending time with your pup, not valeting your car!
As a dog owner, you’re probably used to have a car covered in muddy paw prints and dog hair. Keeping the interior of your car clean and presentable can be a challenge, but with the right tools and a plan in place, you can maintain a fresh and tidy vehicle without giving up on the mud-filled fun.
In this article, we'll provide you with our top tips on how to keep your car clean from mud, paw prints and dog hair, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience for both you and your furry friend.
When it comes to keeping your car's interior free from dirt and dog hair, pet seat covers add excellent protection. These specially designed covers protect your seats from muddy paws, shedding fur, and sharp nails. We recommend looking for waterproof and machine-washable seat covers that provide maximum coverage and are easy to fit and remove.
Use a car-friendly dog harness or crate
Restraining your dog in the car is necessary in order to abide by the rules set out by the Highway Code but it also ensures their safety while helping to minimise the mess pups create. Invest in a car-friendly dog harness or crate to secure your furry friend during car rides. This prevents them from moving around excessively and spreading their dirt and hair throughout your car.
Regular grooming for your dog
Keeping your dog clean and well-groomed plays a significant role in reducing the amount of dirt and hair they bring into your car. Regular brushing helps remove loose fur, preventing it from accumulating on your car's surfaces and helps keep your dog's coat in optimal condition. Explore our range of Luxury Grooming Products designed to nourish and support your pups coat.
Create a designated dog area in your car
Designating a specific area in your car for your dog, such as the back seat or boot minimises the spread of the mess. As discussed, crates and harnesses are very useful for this but you can also use pet barriers or pet seat belts to keep pups contained in their area.
Keep cleaning supplies handy
Keep an essential cleaning supplies kit readily available in your car to maintain cleanliness. Things like lint rollers, pet-friendly wet wipes, and a portable vacuum cleaner are very useful.
However hard you try to control it, dog hair has a way of finding its way into every nook and cranny of your car. One way to keep on top of this is to make it a habit to regularly hoover your car's interior. Use suitable attachments to reach tight spaces, crevices, and upholstery. This can be time consuming but it’s a way of managing the shedding and avoiding big build ups.
Wipe down surfaces with pet-friendly cleaners
To maintain a clean and fresh-smelling interior, wipe down your car's surfaces with pet-friendly cleaners. Choose carefully as cleaning products can contain ingredients that are harmful to pets or leave behind toxic residues.
Despite your best efforts, your car may still accumulate dirt and odours over time. Schedule regular deep cleanings to tackle more extensive cleaning tasks. Consider professional services or dedicate a day to deep clean your car, including shampooing the carpets and upholstery and deodorising the interior.
Q: How often should I clean my car to prevent mud and dog hair buildup?
A: The frequency of cleaning depends on various factors such as your dog's shedding tendencies, your car usage, and the weather conditions. However, a general guideline is to clean your car at least once every two weeks to prevent excessive mud and hair buildup.
Q: Can I use a regular household vacuum cleaner for cleaning my car's interior?
A: Yes, a regular household vacuum cleaner can be used to clean your car's interior. However, using one with attachments specifically designed for cars can make the task easier and more efficient.
Q: Can I use a dog blanket to protect my car?
A: Yes, a dog blanket can be used to protect seats and make your pup feel more comfortable however it’s unlikely to reduce the amount of mud and hair tracked into the car that inevitably spreads. Try looking for accessories that help you contain the dirt such as crates or dog drying bags.
Keeping your car clean from mud and dog hair requires proactive measures and consistent maintenance. By investing in pet seat covers, grooming your dog regularly, and utilising the right cleaning tools, you can enjoy a clean and fresh-smelling car even with a furry passenger.
If this is all still sounding like a lot of work to you, there is one thing that that we haven’t yet discussed. This product reduces the frequency of car cleaning and maintenance required for pup parents, both in cars and at home, it's our very own Luxury Dog Drying Bag.
What is the Pawdaw of London Luxury Dog Drying Bag?
A game-changer for managing mud, our clever little accessory is saving dog owners hours of cleaning. It’s designed for use after walks, swims and baths and is just as useful in the car as it is at home.
Made with thick, soft fabric, the special fibres work with your dogs body heat to clean and dry them at the same time. It draws out the moisture whilst allowing mud, sand and debris to collect in the bottom of the bag ready to shake out.
Complete with a harness hole to make car travel a dream for you and your dog.
Wave goodbye to muddy paws and a demanding car cleaning schedule with our award nominated innovation.
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