Spring Cleaning: Don't Forget Your Car!

Winter might have left its mark on your car in the form of ice, snow, salt, and sand. Get rid of all these winter marks.

Remove dust, dirt, and grime, sticking to less obvious surfaces, such as the buttons, seats and seat gaps, window gaps, and corners. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the interiors and a pointed brush to wipe off the dirt from tight corners and surfaces.

A stiff brush for the mats and carpets would suffice. This preliminary cleanse will loosen the dirt on the surface, especially those trapped within carpet fibers. Follow this up with vacuum-cleaning to eliminate debris completely.

Relieve the car of its garbage, including unemptied trash boxes, used tea and coffee cups, and paper trash such as used tissues, and grocery and fuel bills. Restore all items such as sunglasses, tissue rolls, trash can, and garage clickers, to their respective places.

Clean the Exterior

Exposure to salt during winters can damage the exterior, especially the paint. In addition, dust, and debris on winter roads can make your car look unsightly.

Start with a wash by hand. Use a specialized cleaning solution instead of household soaps for better results. Harsh chemicals in household solutions can damage the natural finish of the car.

Remove excess water after a wash with a rubber squeegee. This way, you can get rid of dirt and minerals that the water may be carrying and prevent paint damage. Equally important is to give your car a waxwork. Wax strengthens car paint and gives the exterior an aesthetic shine.

Clean the Tires

Thanks to winter roads, your tires may be carrying a load of grime. Relieving them of the grime makes them clean and increases their efficiency on summer roads.

If you have installed winter tires, replace them with all-season tires. Leaving winter tires on your vehicle can wear them out quickly, especially on roads without ice. This can lead to loss of traction and the risk of losing control while driving.

Use a stiff brush to remove grime from obvious areas on the tires. For less-accessible areas, use a small flexible brush such as a toothbrush. Ensure that the cleaning solution you use for cleaning tires is non-acid and free of harsh chemicals.