Clean car, Clean soul?
"Clean car, clean soul - feels like life is easier..." - Something a customer said while picking up their car after New Car Protection services.
And this really stuck with us, so we wanted to share some thoughts with you.
Think about the last time you cleaned up or organised a physical space around you... Think about the last spring clean you did, how did you feel once it was over?...
Well, research shows that "our physical environments significantly influence our cognition, emotions, and behaviour, affecting our decision-making and relationships with others. Cluttered spaces can have negative effects on our stress and anxiety levels, as well as our ability to focus, our eating choices, and even our sleep" (Harvard Business Review, 2019), there's plenty more research available around this. So it's no surprise that is true even for our cars!
Now, it is not only our psychological health we should think about - a car that is messy inside for many reasons can cause the optimal environment for micro-organisms and bacteria to thrive The Guardian (2015). This can be caused by many things in our everyday life... from pets, kids and eating on the go, to sometimes simply entering and leaving your car and the dirt on your shoes/clothes. Express (2018) wrote "three per cent of motorists clean their car just once over the course of a year and almost half (47 per cent) only clean it when it looks dirty enough to justify it" ending with "‘dirt’ doesn’t always have to be visible to be harmful, so it’s worth having a cleaning routine for your car to keep on top of it".
Allergens also build up over time and unless treated with Steam or other chemicals (and/or biochemicals), they cannot be removed. Long term, this may cause breathing difficulties and lower your as well as your passengers immune system - especially for more vulnerable people.
With all the recent news around Coronavirus, not to mention the usual viruses, flus and bugs in general (especially during the weather change) - deep cleaning and Steam Cleaning your car to sterilise every inch using hot and pressurised steam is a good idea!
- Harvard Business Review, 2019 - https://hbr.org/2019/03/the-case-for-finally-cleaning-your-desk
- The Guardian, 2015 - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/07/should-i-clean-my-car-before-it-kills-me
- Express, 2018 - https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/965131/car-interior-dirty-UK-bin-hygiene