CAR SPRING CLEANING TIPS | CUMMING CHEVROLET
Spring is a time of renewal for all of the growing things in your garden like the lawn, flowers, and birds. The season is also often when you do major cleaning on your home or often in a ritual called “spring cleaning.” Why not carry this through to your vehicle as well, so you can rejuvenate it for fair-weather drives? Here are some tips to help you do just that.
1. UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
As the name display, this collection helps you through travel emergencies with useful things like jumper cables, a spare phone charger, and a flashlight. But it can also contain winter-related items such as scarves, hand warmers, and an ice-scraper. You want to remove the winter goods and replace them with things more useful for summer such as suntan oil, extra sunglasses, and a hat.
2. REMOVE JUNK
Over the winter, the interior may have gathered children’s toys, shopping bags, gloves, and other paraphernalia. Empty the interior and the trunk by removing this junk.
3. WIPE THE DIRT AWAY
Follow the instructions on a commercial solution that is specially formulated for automotive materials like leather, cloth, and plastic. Do not use household cleaners that may be too harsh. With an old toothbrush, loosen stubborn grime from grooves and crevices. Dry any moist surfaces with a combination of microfiber cloth and air-drying.
Suck up any loose dirt with a vacuum, especially on the floor and carpet. A stiff brush may help release ground-in grime. Don’t forget to vacuum the trunk also.
5. ELIMINATE ODORS
If after cleaning, you still smell stale or unpleasant odors, sprinkle dry baking soda on the seats and floor. Let it perform its magic overnight before vacuuming the residue away.
6. CLEAN THE EXTERIOR
You can always bring your vehicle to a car wash to get the exterior clean. However, hand-washing lets you target stubborn stains and is best for gentle rubbing that doesn’t damage the paint finish.
As with the interior, avoid home cleaners like dish or laundry soap. Check the underbody, which may have accumulated road salts and chemicals used to melt ice and snow. Take time to remove these substances thoroughly, which can damage the finish and sensitive components. After the wash, use a microfiber cloth to remove the remaining water drops.
7. CONSIDER DETAILING
Hire a professional to detail your vehicle and restore it to its best condition. They may already include cleaning both the interior and exterior, so ask them first before embarking on the previous steps.
8. WAX THE EXTERIOR
Wax improves the appearance of your vehicle while protecting the exterior from moisture and dirt. If car detailing does not apply a wax, you can do it yourself with a high-quality automobile wax. Read the instructions thoroughly to apply the wax in small circular motions. Remove the wax with a soft cloth like a microfiber towel. The exterior will shine like new.
9. FILL UP ON ESSENTIAL FLUIDS
Make sure that you’ve filled up on essential fluids like oil, brake fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Your owner’s manual will detail how to check their compartments and where they are located.
10. INSPECT THE TIRES
If you’ve been relying on winter tires, now is the time to replace them with all-season versions. If you’ve used the same tires throughout the winter, take them to be rotated and aligned. Check for any damage or wear, and ensure that the treads have enough depth. Put a penny head-down into the groove. If the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, you need new tires.
If you have questions or want us to check up on your vehicle’s fluids and tires, give the Service Department at Cumming Chevrolet a call or schedule an appointment through our convenient online customer portal. Our brand-savvy auto techs have been certified by the manufacturer and rely only on OEM parts to effect any maintenance. We offer a free shuttle service within the local area and will wash your vehicle after servicing.