Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

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Spring is finally here to stay! Now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to give your car some much-needed TLC. After a long winter, your car can look a bit rough, but it’s nothing an afternoon of cleaning can’t take care of. We’ve put together a list of the top five spring-cleaning tips to help your car get back to looking it’s best.

Take Off Your Winter Tires

As soon as the weather is consistently above seven degrees, it’s time to retire your winter tires. Leaving your winter tires on when the weather starts to warm up can cause unnecessary wear, reducing their lifespan. Before you put your winter tires away, make sure you follow these steps (LINK TO BLOG) for proper cleaning.

Wash and wax the exterior

It’s no surprise that winter driving can quickly create a film of gunk on the outside of your car. Now that it’s spring, take your car to the car wash or hand wash all of the road salt, mud, dust, debris, and grime off of your car’s exterior. Finish off this cleaning with a nice wax and your car will look good as new.

Deep Clean the Interior

Now that the exterior of your car is looking great, it’s time to focus on the interior. You’d be surprised how much salt, sand, and gunk can be tracked through your car each winter and get stuck under the seats and in the floor mats.

Using a vacuum, clean under all of the seats and in the cracks where dirt could be hiding.

After the floors are vacuumed up, remove all mats from your car and give them a good washing, removing any salt stains. Depending on how bad the mats are, you may need to give the carpet under them a good wash as well. Next, take a damp cloth and some mild cleaning solution and wipe down the hard surfaces. Before you know it, the inside of your car will look as good as the outside!

Clean Out the Trunk and Backseat

During the winter, there are a lot of extra items you need to keep in your vehicle, such as an ice scraper, shovel, and sand. Now that the snowy days are gone, these items can be retired to storage until next year.

Take a Trip to Your Auto Shop in Kitchener/Waterloo

Once your vehicle is spotless inside and out, the last step is to take it to your mechanic for a routine checkup. Daily winter driving can be hard on your vehicle, so it’s good practice to do these seasonal checks to make sure that everything is still in good working order for the spring and summer driving.

If you have any questions about getting your car ready for spring or anything else, give our Kitchener/Waterloo Auto Shop a call. Our team is happy to answer any of your questions!

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