When you think of spring cleaning, you probably imagine airing out your windows and cleaning your home until it’s spotless. BUT there are plenty of other things that fall under the umbrella of spring cleaning. For instance, your car! Most of us, especially those with children, know that this is usually a disaster area. Check out these helpful hints below to get started.
- CLEAN YOUR AIR VENTS
Your car vents can get disgusting if left unattended, and the worst part of all is that they’re so difficult to clean. Being so narrow and gated, you need a really specific tool to get in there and get out the winter cobwebs. It might shock you, but foam art brushes are just the thing! Small and malleable, these brushes get right in where it counts to get the fresh spring air right to you.
- CUP HOLDER HACK!
This an amazing hack to keep car clutter minimized in your cup holders. Get some cupcake liners (sturdy materials and fun patterns encouraged!) and put them in your cup holders. When clutter builds, take the liners out and replace! It’s that easy.
- STREAK-FREE WIPERS
Is there anything more distracting than your windshield wipers smearing your vision? To avoid this obnoxious and potentially dangerous nuisance, douse your windshield wipers in rubbing alcohol and get some DIY smear-free wipers perfect for Spring showers. After a harsh winter, many vehicles require new windshield wipers. Having wipers in good working order is necessary, especially during intense spring showers.
- COMPRESSED AIR HACK
Want a more thorough clean for your car vents? If using a foam brush just isn’t enough for you (no judgement if your vents have gotten to that point, we’ve all been there) then you need to take some extreme measures. Compressed air is a quick, simple and extremely effective way to blast out the debris from your vents and leave them good as new.
- SHINE THOSE HUBCAPS/WHEELS
If the hubcaps on your wheels are getting dingy, shine them with this easy concoction! No need for intense elbow grease with this combination of cleaning powder and water that makes a super-cleaning paste. You can use wheel cleaner as well, but that tends to be harsh on the wheel’s finish. This is also a good time to check the tire pressure and to tighten up any loose lug nuts.
- CLEAN YOUR GRILL
Your car grill is the first line of defense against bugs flying at your car…gross, I know. And it gets especially gross when spring comes around and the bugs are out in droves. If you want to thoroughly clean your car grill of insect carnage use dryer sheets. These sheets wipe your car grill clean nicely and leave a lovely, clean laundry scent.
- CLEAN YOUR FLOOR MATS
Nothing takes more abuse than the floor mats in your car – they get all the dirt and mud and water from your shoes, the poor things. Give your floor mats a little TLC by spraying them with stain spray before throwing them in the wash. That way they’ll come out of the dryer stain-free and cleaner than ever!
- BE GONE PET HAIR!
If you’re a pet owner, you know the struggle: if your dog even THINKS about jumping in your car, there’s instantly thick, white hair EVERYWHERE. And it’s impossible to get off. Banish that pet hair forever with a spray bottle of water (to loosen up the hair) and a rubber squeegee (to wipe that hair away). With spring coming, we don’t need any more allergens floating around.
- STICKY DASH
How do dashboards get so sticky so fast?! It’s an impossible fact of life. Well, you may not be able to figure out that riddle, but you can get rid of that sticky dashboard! Use Goo Gone and a rag to get a mess-free dash.
- REACH THE CREVICES
The tricky thing about your cars’ interior is all the little cracks and crevices. There are so many little spots that so quickly get filled with fallen food crumbs and dust, and they can look so unsightly. Think you can’t reach those tricky spots? Think again! Cover a screwdriver with a rag and use the flat, small head of the screwdriver to clean out every dirty crevice in your car!
- MICROFIBER THE HEADLINER
A part of your car you might not consider cleaning? The ceiling! Sure, you don’t see it every day exactly, but you can’t forget that it is there, being very dusty above you. For most car interiors, a regular cloth won’t do a thing – invest in a microfiber cloth to really get the job done on your car ceiling!
- EXTERIOR WASH
Look at the exterior of the car. A good car washing is often in order. Make sure the first spring 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.
Clean out the compartments. You may have debris, trash or just too much stuff in the car. Get the compartments cleaned out and organized.
While these ten tips for spring cleaning are important, springtime also brings the need for maintenance and tune ups. Focus on the following areas:
- Get your oil changed, if needed.
- Have a tune up performed, if needed, to ensure it is working at its best. This includes having belts checked.
- Have the air conditioning serviced & tested.
- Check all your lighting systems, both on the exterior and interior of the car, to ensure they are working properly.
- Replace tires if they no longer hold air properly or are worn.
These spring cleaning tips, along with the maintenance suggestions above, will ensure your car is working and looking its best throughout the spring and well beyond. Our Certified Service team at Cecil Clark Chevrolet can help with all your maintenance and vehicle repair needs, feel free to give us a call (352) 787-6888 or request an online appointment.