Top 5 ways to spring-clean your car

 

Drive into spring with a sleek and shiny car for the sunny days ahead.

The beginning of a new season is always exciting, as people anticipate the change in weather, daily routine and new social activities that often await them. Sunday marks the official start of spring and, as the season approaches, the new weather brings spring showers and the need for some spring-cleaning too. Although we may dread the annual cleaning procedure, it feels so good to start fresh, clutter-free, for the spring season. As we clean out of offices, homes, and cars, I have some tips on the top five ways to spring-clean your automobile.

1. Interior Surfaces
Using a gentle, fine-bristled brush, you can brush any dust and dirt off the surfaces of your car. Use this on ventilation areas, buttons, the crevices in seat cushions to remove all dirt in the nooks and crannies of your car’s interior. Vacuum to completely remove all the dirt from these areas. Remove all the trash, like empty bags or cups, and throw them in the trash or recycling bin to free your car from clutter. Organize the items you store in your car, putting gum, sunglasses, garage clickers, and other items in their respective storage places, to create order. Top off all this deep cleaning and organization with an air freshener for aromatic therapy.

2. Mats/Carpet
After the build-up of harsh winter grime, your mats and carpet will need a deep clean. For the best results, start with a stiff brush to remove and loosen the dirt from the material. This will allow you to remove all the dirt and debris, especially the remnants trapped within the carpet fibers. Take a vacuum to the carpet and mats to remove all dirt, leaving your car floor with a fresh, dirt-free look.

3. Tires
When washing your tires, use nonacid products to get a good clean without damaging the tires with harsh chemicals. Use a stiff brush to remove any tough grime that has worked its way into your tires, and something small, like a toothbrush, can be a useful tool to reach the smaller areas in your tire. Allover cleanliness, without damaging chemicals, will leave your tires in great shape.

4. Exterior
A delicate and smooth wash is the best option for your car’s exterior, creating a sleek look without damaging your car’s paint. A hand wash is typically the best option for a detailed and gentle clean. Using carwash solution instead of dish or household soap gives your car a good clean while preserving the natural finish. After you wash and rinse your car, try using a rubber squeegee tool to remove excess water. Removing the water instead of letting it air-dry helps to remove potential minerals or dirt that water and cleaning may leave. These few details can leave your car with a professional shine.

5. Windows
Clean your windows last in order to prevent them getting dirty from cleaning other parts of the car. Try to avoid using glass cleaner, which can be too harsh for car windows: find a cleaner without ammonia to best clean and protect your car windows. To avoid leaving towel marks, streaks, or spots, use a microfiber cloth to get a sleek, and blemish-free clean. One more thing, don’t forget to roll your windows down and remove all the grime and oil that collects at the top of your window. And this will top off your deep spring clean!

For this spring, clean out and clear out your car of any clutter or dirt. These top five ways to spring-clean your car will leave your car fresh and squeaky-clean.

It’s also a good idea to get the vehicle inspected to check it’s in good working condition. Learn more in our “National Car Care Month – The Hows and Whys” article.

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