We all love taking our pooch to the park, but the damage to your car’s interior could make you think twice the next time Fido brings you the leash. The problem is that most people don’t know how to pet-proof their cars, leaving the interior exposed to fur, slobber, and scratches.
To help the drivers of Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton, our team at Nissan 24 has come up with the best pet-proofing practices that will keep your canine comfortable and your interior squeaky clean.
Invest in Seat Covers
A quality seat cover is one of the best ways to protect your seat from drool, hair, and even the occasional coffee stain left by human passengers. Plastic covers in particular are stain resistant and incredibly easy to clean.
There’s a large variety of cloth covers available, with many colors and designs to coordinate with the rest of the interior or your personality. These also tend to be a lot more comfortable than the plastic seat covers. Whenever your pet isn’t in the car with you, store the seat covers in a bag or container in the trunk.
Keep Windows Clean and Clear
Whether or not you have the window down, somehow an excited dog will find a way to get slobber all over the glass. Cleaning up this mess could take precious time out of the rest of your day unless you happen to have a little bit of plastic wrap.
Line the window—and the door if you’d like—with the plastic wrap to make cleanup a breeze when you get home. You can also have the windows treated with a special interior glass coating that helps them to repel dirt and moisture.
Pet-Proof the Carpets
When you purchased your new car, chances are good that it came with carpeting and fabric floor mats. While these can be an attractive interior design, they’re prone to destruction from your four-legged companion.
Instead, purchase some heavy-duty WeatherTec floor mats. These durable, plastic mats can be designed to fit perfectly in your car and will protect your carpeting from other stains, dirt, and debris.
Pack a Pet Care Kit
Consider it your Murphy’s Law Survival Kit. Keep a pack in your trunk that has all of the essential tools to keep your car clean and clear of any doggie disasters. An old blanket or large towel is perfect for drying off wet fur. A gallon of water, some plastic bags, and odor eliminator are good to have on hand as well.
While you’re at it, throw in a ball and some extra biscuits so you never have to worry about forgetting them at home or losing them at the park.
As long as you follow these tips on how to pet-proof your car, you’ll never have to worry about your dog ruining your interior again. That means you and your best friend can keep exploring the parks of Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton with the windows down and the wind in your hair—or fur.