As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great time to get rid of clutter that you have accumulated during the colder months, giving your personal possessions and spaces a thorough clean. It’s also one of the best time to clean out your car in great detail. Decluttering, deodorizing, replacing faulty equipment can give your car a new lease on life. Here’s how to spring clean your vehicle.
- 1. Steam and power wash carpeting and upholstery. These areas are compacted with dirt and grime. Not only that, but they can contribute to offensive odors and allergies. Using a damp towel to wipe down the seats and use a steamer and a wet vacuum to “shampoo” upholstery.
- Clean and organize the car’s console. Wash the console carefully, avoiding water near the electrical components and connections. Clean up any garbage from the cupholders and use a wet cloth to clean the top of the dashboard.
- Microfiber cloth and a mild cleaner. Clean your windows and the interior of your car with a microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth will cling onto dirt and will not scratch sensitive surfaces. Find a cleaner that is formulated without ammonia to best clean and protect glass surfaces. Roll down the windows and remove all of the grime that has compacted at the very top.
- Check and maintain fluid levels. Winter can affect the quality of your car’s essential fluid. You may need to consult with your maintenance guide for your particular car model to determine when fluids need to be replaced. Keep in mind that if your oil change was before the winter, it is the ideal time to go to a mechanic or go the DIY route to check and change the oil.
- Don’t forget the trunk. Clean out the trunk of the vehicle, clearing out any wintertime mess. If you have a spare tire, you may also want to ensure that it’s in good health. Take this time to use organizers to strategically place items that you usually carry in your trunk.
- Wash tires. Use non-acid cleaning product to get rid of dirt and grime that has become compacted onto the tires. A stiff brush will help remove salts that have worked its way into the tire. For precise cleaning, use an old toothbrush.
- Consider handwashing the exterior of your car. A hand wash is more labor-intensive than other methods of cleaning your vehicle, but it offers the most thorough clean. Use a carwash solution to give your car a good clean while preserving its natural finish. Avoid dishwashing liquid — its surfactants and sulfates can dull the car’s exterior. Remove the water with dry towels to prevent minerals and dirt deposits.
- Wax your car. Choose a spray on or liquid wax for more cohesive results. If you decide to do it yourself, test the wax in a hidden portion of your car to ensure that it performs properly.
- Closely inspect what’s happening under the hood. Look inside the hood and remove any leaves and debris that got compacted around the engine area. In most cases, all you would need to do is wipe down the edges and remove any physical materials within eyesight. If your engine is older, consider having it professionally cleaned.
Consider window replacement. You can replace your car windows with laminated and tempered glass. These have shown to be shatterproof and reduce the risk of a passenger being injured by flying glass during an incident. It’s not something that many vehicle owners want to think about, but it will offer a layer of safety.
To learn more about how All Glass and Upholstery can restore your car and replace window parts, contact us.