Make Your Minibus Look Great with These Low Cost Tips
Preventative cleaning is the key to keeping your bus looking as new as the same day you bought it. Little steps taken every few weeks will help you keep the value of your vehicle longer. No matter what you use it for, it’s very important to keep your minibus clean and looking good. A well-kept bus shows people you care about them and it will ensure the riders get the best experience possible. Make your minibus look great with these secret tips designed to help you keep your bus clean and presentable inside and out.
First Impressions Are Everything
For any vehicle cleaning it’s best to start with the outside. Use soap meant for cars and trucks as it will break down all the dirt, oil and grime. To avoid water spots and dry your bus use chamois leather, more commonly known as a shammy. More absorbent than a towel, the cloth will pick up any remaining moisture on your vehicle. Next clean these details on the outside:
- Headlights and taillights
- Driver side and passenger mirrors
- Hubcaps and tires
Pay special attention to the doorsteps, hand bars, and walls. This is the first interior impression and it’s just as important.
From the Ceiling Down
Over time, dust and grime can work their way to the interior of your bus. If you have a vinyl or hard surface ceiling and walls, wipe them down often with a mild cleaner and damp rag. For carpet or upholstered ceilings, brush or vacuum to freshen.
Weekly Window Wash
Window interiors tend to get a lot of a residue. Every week give the windows a quick spray down with a high quality vinegar based window cleaner. To finish the job wipe with a microfiber clothe until thoroughly dry.
Regular Seat Cleaning
Riders can be rough on your seats. Some will bring in mud during a rainstorm or spill their drink during a sudden stop. Vinyl seats can be wiped off with a damp rag. For fabric seats it is best to take care of a spill immediately. Consider keeping a bottle of cleaning solution in the bus for mishaps. To treat spills that have set use a heavy duty,
carpet treatment. Remember to test color fastness on an inconspicuous spot and carefully follow the instructions.
Keep Floor Residue at Bay
For hard surfaced floors sweep from the back of the bus to the front and pick up the dirt with a dustpan at the door. Don’t forget to get clean those hidden areas below the seats as well.
For the final step, you’ll want to wipe down or sanitize these small items on your bus that can trap the most dirt:
- Entryway grab handles
- Driver side air vents and air conditioning unit
- Luggage storage area
Remember, appearance is everything and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your riders deserve a good experience and a clean, fresh smelling bus is a must. Make your minibus look great with these cleanliness tips and you will be better able to meet your rider’s expectations.