Drive into spring with a sleek, shiny vehicle 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 lie ahead. At this time of year, it also prompts us to dust away the cobwebs with some spring-cleaning. Although we may dread the annual cleaning procedure, it feels so good to start fresh and clutter-free for the spring season. As we clean out our offices, homes, and cars, I have some tips on the top five ways to spring-clean your automobile.
1. Gently brush then vacuum 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. Take a stiff brush to mats and 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. Vacuum the carpet and mats to remove all dirt, leaving your car floor with a fresh, dirt-free look.
3. Wash tires for curbside appeal
When washing your tires, use non-acid 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. All-over cleanliness, without damaging chemicals, will leave your tires in great shape.
4. Hand-wash the exterior to leave it gleaming
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. Use a microfiber cloth and mild cleaner for 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 them. To avoid leaving towel marks, streaks or spots, use a microfiber cloth and enjoy 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!
This spring, clean out and clear out your car of any clutter or dirt. These top five tips for spring-cleaning your car will leave your car fresh and squeaky-clean.
Spring is also a great time to check your car is in good working condition after the long winter months. Learn more about how to get your car inspected during National Car Care Month, which takes place in April.