Winter is officially in the rear view mirror. That means it’s time to get your car ready for summer. Like your home, your car is in desperate need of spring cleaning. Getting it done sooner rather than later will give you more time to enjoy the nice weather.
Spring cleaning for your car begins with a wash and wax. Start with the underside, using a garden hose and some car washing detergent to remove as much salt and debris you can see. Don’t be afraid to spray for as long as necessary. The water won’t hurt anything.
Next, wash the body and windows. Note any scratches or chips in the paint. After the car is dry, touch up the chips with some touch-up paint. Then wait for it to dry before you give the car a good coat of wax.
Finish off by hitting the tires with some tire cleaner and buffing them to a beautiful shine. Get the hubcaps and lamp lenses while you’re at it.
Believe it or not, the interior may take a bigger beating during winter than the exterior. Start by removing the floor mats and hitting them with a hose. You might have to scrub them with a rush to get all the salt out. While you’re waiting for them to dry, vacuum the interior thoroughly. You may have to wash the area under the mats to get rid of excess salt.
Wipe down interior components with a proper cleaning agent. You can find a good cleaner at any auto parts store. Last but not least, hit the windows with some glass cleaner. Be sure to use a clean, cotton cloth so that you don’t leave any streaks behind.
That’s it. You’re ready to go.