Maybe you’ve already caught a few glimpses of warmer weather, but is your car clean and tidy for all your springtime cruising? Don’t let your car look like a grizzled winter warrior any longer than necessary. Follow these handy spring car cleaning tips to get it ready just in time.
Tips For Spring Car Cleaning For Your Vehicle
1. Blow out those leaves
Spring car cleaning your vehicle means starting from absolute scratch! Twigs, leaves, and other debris have a way of getting into the gaps in your car’s bodywork. Remove the debris in these channels (under the hood and trunk lid, around your sunroof) and gaps to minimize the chances of clogged cabin filters and water drain holes.
2. Towels make a difference
It might sound nit-picky, but the type of towels you use on your car is essential. Use microfiber towels on metal surfaces. If they slip and fall on the ground, don’t use them until they’re washed because any particles it picks from the ground will act like sandpaper on the car’s paint.
3. Strike out the streaks
Another one of our spring cleaning tricks for your car is to use ammonia-based spray cleaners and waffle-weave towels to wipe down windshields and windows and minimize streaking. In a pinch, you can use balled-up newspaper to wipe down your windows without leaving streaks. It really works!
4. Soak down those stains
Whatever upholstery-safe cleaning solution everyone uses in their vehicles, the most common mistake is that they don’t let the solution soak and break down stains. Properly pre-treating a stain (following the directions) will often help get that stain out tremendously. Follow the directions. Where indicated, be sure to let the solution soak into the stain for about two to three minutes before starting to clean.
5. Show your leather some love
With warmer weather approaching, leather maintenance is crucial because if leather sits out in the sun for an extended period of time, it can start to dry out and crack. Using most crème-style protectants on your leather seats twice a year will help keep your surfaces nice and soft. Follow the directions on the package for proper application.
6. Remove the muck in your dash
Spring cleaning your car means getting into every nook and cranny. A toothbrush or paintbrush can be used to clean the vents and crevices on your dashboard and center console. Use an appropriate cleaning solution to get into those tight spots.
7. Check hidden areas
Some examples of these often-overlooked, often-not-vacuumed areas are between seats and consoles, under seats, rear seat-cup holders, and stow-away compartments. And for customers with kids, make sure to check the rear seat where the bottom meets the back of the chair. There could be hidden treasures back there that your kids left for you to find.
8. Check for chips and cracks
Maybe you put in some time behind a salt-spreading truck during the winter. So, scan your windshield closely for tiny chips or cracks that could turn into bigger problems later.
9. Give your wheels some love
Your front and rear wheels can become covered with brake dust and get really grimy, really quickly. We believe that if your wheels aren’t clean, your car’s not clean either. So we recommend spraying alloy wheels with a spray cleaner that’s made for car wheels, then letting the solution soak on your wheel according to the directions on the bottle before washing it off.
Get your car ready for spring by having it serviced at the Car Factory! Drop-in at any of our dealerships in Miami or Florida or book an appointment today by calling us at 786-406-6234.
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