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January 25, 2018
In my 25 plus years providing professional detail services, the single most dreaded and rewarding car to do is the Mommy Car. I know you’re thinking, rewarding and dreaded what an oxymoron. But yes, dreaded because you know you got your work cut out for you, but rewarding because of the gratification you will receive from your customer (and the little passengers) when they see the results. Besides making a living this is an added reward for most detailers.
Mommies are constantly on the go. From taking the kids to school, shopping, running errands, after school activities, play dates, park runs and well you get it, just constantly busy. The car is a pivotal part of all the madness and often takes a beating.
Ark runs and well you get it, just constantly busy. The car is a pivotal part of all the madness and often takes a beating.
I’ve seen everything in these cars from french fries to toys, diapers, old lost or forgotten bottles, home work assignments, back packs, clothes, combs, towels you name it. Not to mention the fingerprinted window and door panels, crackers grounded into the carpet, spills, pet hair, dripped lotion stains, and that last bite of a hamburger from 3 weeks ago.
It’s understandable that mommies have their hands full and the constant movement may be the reason the car is neglected. That’s why it’s essential that mommies devise a plan that changes the way you ride and set boundaries for your passengers.
Here are some tips to help you keep your Mommy Car in tact.
1. Don’t eat in the car- I know when you have little one’s it’s easy to get in the habit of giving them a snack to keep them pacified while you drive. But, that’s just what it is, a habit that you’ve develop. If you just have to give them something make it a solid non-liquid food like a carrot. But the best rule is no food.
2 Remove all items from the car when you get out- You may let your child bring some toy or something to keep them busy on the ride, and this is understandable, but these items should be removed at the end of every trip to not accumulate and become fixtures in your car. Items being transported should go in the trunk and also removed at the end of each trip.
3. Keep a small bag in your car for trash. Discard this bag when at least once a day if possible.
4. Have your kids discard any trash that you have while you’re filling up your gas, let this be their part of keeping up the car.
5. Keep baby wipes and paper towels in your trunk- Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent deep staining.