Post Date - Nov 29, 2022
When was the last time you really cleaned the cab of your truck?
A clean cab is extremely important for several reasons. For one, it shows that you have pride in your workspace and living space on the road. If you’re on top of keeping your truck clean, it’s a good bet that you put the same great effort into your career. Boyd Bros. has been around long enough that we can tell you that this doesn’t go unnoticed. A clean cab can also reduce your stress level. Your truck is your home away from home and living in a cab that’s dirty or cluttered can feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. Thirdly, a clean cab can also reduce your risk of illness because you’re breathing cleaner air, eliminating germs, and giving yourself a place where you can relax and de-stress better.
There are some things you should do every day to keep your truck clean and not make the task feel overwhelming when you’re ready to clean more thoroughly. Pick up and remove all trash daily or as needed throughout the day. A good time to do this is after you’re done driving for the day. We also recommend spending a few minutes to organize or declutter around your truck. Put away all your paperwork where it belongs, organize your toiletries, and place all your cooking items back where they belong after meals. In the mornings, it’s also important to spend a few minutes making your bed and ensuring that all items are put away and secured for the day ahead.
We also recommend disinfectant wipes to wipe down all the high touch areas in your cab before the start of every shift. It’s just a good routine to get into and even more important as we head into cold and flu season.
A few times a week
Every few days, or more if needed, you should sweep and/or vacuum out your truck. Little rocks and dirt can accumulate quickly as you’re doing work outside your truck and then getting back in to drive. Consider bringing along a second pair of shoes to wear while driving. This way, you can change shoes at the door and be less likely to track in dirt. It’s also important to do your laundry regularly. Dirty clothing can accumulate quickly and make a space feel unkept. There are also few things that are better than the scent of freshly washed clothing and bedsheets.
Clean your windows at least once a week - more if needed. This is especially important because good visibility is key to driving safely. Use a streak-free cleaning agent and a soft cloth to wipe off dirt and grime.
Once or twice a month
Once or twice a month, you should be doing a deep cleaning of your cab. Clean your seats, wipe down your sleeper area with a cleaner and remove any stains you see throughout the cab. Use soap and water to clean your dashboard and wipe down your seatbelt. Remove your floor mats, shake them off outside and, if needed, wash with soap and water. Other areas to wipe down that are often overlooked include your curtains, steering wheel, gear shift and turn signal, door handle, and cabinet doors.
Your truck seat can get dirty pretty quickly since this is where you spend the majority of your time. Not only do dirt and dust get into the seat, but also sweat, food crumbs, and spilled beverages. These things can easily make your seat look dirty and stained. Aim to clean your truck seats at least once a week and more often, if needed. Use a small handheld vacuum to remove dust and dirt in all the cracks and seams. It’s also important to clean up spilled food or drink right away so they don’t stain the seat or start to smell. You can also consider using a seat cover. They not only reduce the wear and tear of your truck seat, but they’re also pretty easy to wipe down or wash.
- Keep disinfectant wipes or wet wipes in a convenient spot. These will help you clean up spills right away and clean up small messes in between deep cleanings of your truck.
- Replace your cabin’s air filter according to your truck manufacturer’s recommendation. Most recommend every 15,000-30,000 miles, but if you drive regularly in places that have a lot of dirt, sand, or high pollution, you should replace them more often.
- Get a small air purifier. This will help give you cleaner air to breathe without all the chemicals of an air freshener or strong-smelling cleaning agent. You don’t have to have it plugged in at all times - just a couple of hours a day will do.
If you don’t already have a good cleaning routine, this time of year is the perfect time to start one. It will lower your risk of getting sick throughout the holidays and it will help get your new year started off on the right foot.
Thinking about making a clean start in where you drive? We’d love to connect! Give us a call today to learn more about becoming a driver with Boyd Bros.