How To Effectively Clean Your Car In the Spring

Clean Your Car for Spring! The 2017 Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage

Winter certainly does a number on your car. Between icy-cold temperatures that mess with the mechanical inner-workings of your vehicle and salt and snow that leaves a nasty film of dirt all over the exterior, you car might come out of winter looking less shiny and not performing as well as it did going into the colder months. Good news — spring is here, and while everyone else is in the throes of spring-cleaning their homes, you can take advantage of the warm weather and clean your car.

Keep in mind that your car is probably in need of some well-earned maintenance after holding it together through hazardous winter weather. Cold air causes tire pressure to decrease faster so you should make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level according to your owner’s manual, and it’s necessary to have a professional take a look under the hood to check all your fluids and any worn belts or hoses.

After you have the mechanical stuff out of the way, now comes the fun part. Start with taking the time to wash and wax your car yourself. Car washes work, but the revolving brushes will dull the finish of your vehicle over time. Get out the bucket of soapy water, a wash rag, and the garden hose, and give your car a good old-fashioned wash in the driveway on a warm, sunny day.

After the exterior’s done, make sure you wipe down the door frames before cleaning out the trash inside. Keep separate bags or boxes for everything you want to toss and everything you want to keep. If you have any large, heavy objects in your car, make sure you either remove them or secure them, as they could easily become flying projectiles in the case of an accident. Trash like plastic water bottles and the like can also pose a more minor threat, or at least become a distraction.

Once all the trash is out, get the vacuum! Depending on whether or not you eat in your car often, this could be more or less messy, but it’s still a good idea to sweep the carpeted floor and use the hose to get into the stubborn nooks and crannies. Don’t forget the trunk, either; it’s easy to just throw trash and other objects into the trunk and forget about them.

Taking the time to clean your car will make your daily commute all the more relaxing. Just as a cluttered workspace is the mark of a disorganized mind, so too is a cluttered car a symptom of a disorganized life — and setting aside a day to get all the gunk out of your vehicle can help make every day a little bit more Zen.

If your vehicle needs a professional to take a look, schedule your service with our dedicated service specialists!

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