As the sun warms up, it’s a great time to roll up your sleeves and tackle the big task of cleaning and tuning up your car. Getting rid of the winter mess inside and on the outside of your car is critical. Springtime is the perfect time to clean up and tune up your car to make sure it has the ability to help you enjoy the outdoors in the upcoming season.
Take an afternoon to detail clean your vehicle. Doing so will not only have you feeling good, but it will also make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible for the upcoming summer months.
Here are some tips for your vehicle spring cleaning:
Carpeting and Upholstery: Focus first on the interior carpeting and upholstery. Using a damp towel, wash down the seats. Get rid of any rock debris, mud or dry dirt on the carpeting using a carpet-cleaning machine, if possible.
The Console: Wash the consoles carefully. Avoid getting electrical connections wet, but do wipe them down appropriately. Clean out cup holders, too. Use a wet cloth to get the top of the dashboard, but be careful to dry it thoroughly
Organize: Clean out the compartments. In your rush to get inside and out of the cold during the winter, you may have debris, trash or just too much stuff in the car. Get the compartments cleaned out and organized.
The Windows: Shine the windows. Clean the inside and outside using a window cleaner. Shine them with a dry towel. Do the mirrors of the vehicle in the same way.
The Trunk: Check the trunk of the vehicle next and clean out any lingering mess. This is also a good time to make sure the spare tire is in good repair. Be sure your emergency kit is in order too.
The Exterior Body: Make sure the first spring exterior car wash is a thorough one that gets the winter grime out of cracks and under the edges. Use a soft towel and a mild detergent to wash the vehicle down.
The Wheels: Pay some extra attention to the wheels. Remove the hubcaps and wash them down. Scrub the tires and wheel wells thoroughly. This is also a good time to check the tire pressure and to tighten up any loose lug nuts.
Under the Hood: Look under the hood next. Leaves, debris and even dirt can get into the engine area. In some cases, just wiping down the edges is enough. In other cases, you may need to consider having the engine wiped off or professionally cleaned.
Waxing: Waxing the exterior of the car is a good idea, as long as you do so out of direct sunlight. Choose a spray or liquid wax for the best results. If you are using a new product, test it on a hidden portion of the car’s body to ensure it works properly.
Replace Wipers: After a harsh winter, many vehicles require new windshield wipers. Having wipers in good working order is necessary, especially during intense spring showers.
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