Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring Cleaning Your Car

In addition to airing out your house by opening the windows and packing away the heavy winter clothes, this is the perfect time of year to give your car a good going-over as well. Whether you use your vehicle to commute to work or drive the kids around for school and other activities, there’s no doubt some winter dirt and debris has accumulated, and minor updates or repairs may be needed.

Take out the Trash

Candy wrappers, loose receipts, and assorted scraps of litter are bound to end up between the seats, under the mats, and stuck in the console. The best way to begin your project is to take everything out of your car – including the items you intend to put back after your through vacuuming – and remove all the trash.

Vents, Floor Mats, and Other Surfaces

Now it’s time to remove the dust and dirt. Begin by cleaning your air vents with a small brush (an old toothbrush works well). Dust collects on these louvers and will be blown about the first time you turn on the air-conditioner. Next, give your floor mats a thorough cleaning by washing them with soap and water and allowing them to air dry completely before replacing them. Lastly, use a microfiber cloth to clean everything from the steering wheel to the cupholders and use a long, thin brush (a radiator brush works well) to get into the tight spots where you can’t fit a vacuum hose.

Empty and Organize the Trunk

Every so often it’s a good idea to check out your trunk to see what might be rolling around in there. You might find that missing soccer shoes or a can of soup from last month’s shopping trip. Now is the time to get a fresh start by putting necessary items into an organizer and removing everything that doesn’t belong.

Vacuum, Wash, Enjoy

Complete your spring-cleaning project by thoroughly vacuuming the passenger compartment and the trunk. Acquire auto parts to make any necessary minor repairs, then – even if you normally wash your car – treat your vehicle to a professional car wash. Now, sit back in the driver’s seat, turn on the stereo, and enjoy your job well done!

Courtesy of aeroautoparts

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