Car Spring Cleaning Tips from the Service Team at Graff Bay City
At Graff Bay City we understand that buying or leasing a vehicle is a big investment, which is why we want to help you take the best care of your car, truck, SUV, or crossover, inside and out. There are many reasons why it’s important to keep both the interior and exterior of your vehicle clean year-round, and spring presents the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is looking its best. A clean and clutter-free interior will prevent you from becoming distracted while driving, while a clean exterior will keep your car look sharp and will prevent it’s exposed components from rusting. In the sections below, you’ll find the best car spring cleaning tips from our experts at Graff Bay City on how to clean your car’s interior, exterior, and the steps to take to get winter salt out of your vehicle’s carpets and mats.
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle’s Exterior
Looking good on the road is just one benefit of keeping the exterior of your car clean. Keeping the exterior of your vehicle clean will also prolong its life by protecting the paint and keeping exposed components in good shape. During the winter season, dirt, salt, and other grime can build up on the exterior of your vehicle and cause damage to the paint and undercarriage, which can lead to rusty and exposed components. With the proper spring cleaning and car care, you can keep your vehicle looking like new for years to come! To achieve that new vehicle shine you’re looking for, you can take a trip through the car wash or grab a bucket of soapy water and do it yourself. If you choose to freshen up you car on your own, we have a few helpful spring cleaning tips!
- Use a dryer sheet to get those pesky bugs off your grille and hood.
- Only use soap that’s specialized for cars. Other soaps, like dish detergent, are too rough on your car’s paint.
- Use soft sponges, soft brushes, and microfiber rags when scrubbing to prevent scratching your vehicle.
- Try to wash your vehicle in a shady area. This will ensure that you have a chance to rinse the vehicle well and the soap doesn’t dry too fast on the car.
- To help prevent the soap from drying on your vehicle, wash and rinse in sections.
- Try to keep a bucket of clean water as dirt-free as possible by rinsing your tools well.
- Don’t forget to wax at the end! It may take a little extra time, but it will keep your paint from scratching and offer UV ray protection.
Spring Cleaning Tips for the Interior of Your Car
Cleaning the interior of your vehicle is just as important as your exterior. With a neat and tidy cabin, it’s a lot easier to stay focused on the road. Particularly in the case of an emergency, you’ll be much more prepared to act quickly if your interior is clean and organized without any distractions getting in the way. The best part about keeping your interior clean is the refreshed feeling you’ll get every time you get into your car. Below are some spring cleaning car tips that will help you remove dirt, crumbs, and clutter that may have found their way into your car:
- Toss out all garbage and recyclables appropriately.
- Get rid of any items that you do not need in your vehicle. Make sure to check the trunk as well!
- The inside of your windows can be wiped down with a slightly wet microfiber rag and a vinegar-based solution. Use a dry rag to get a streak-free shine after.
- Clear off the dust and dirt from vents, your dashboard, and any other plastic surfaces with a coffee filter. The coffee filter won’t leave any fibers behind.
- Clean out your glove box of any unnecessary papers and items. Only leave what you really need in there so you’re able to access important items at a moments notice.
- Shake out and then vacuum your car mats and carpet to get rid of all the crumbs, dirt, and debris.
- Depending on the weather, roll your windows down to air out your vehicle from any of the cleaning solutions you may have used.
Getting Salt Out of Your Car’s Mats and Carpet
With snowy and icy winters here in Michigan, it’s impossible to avoid the amount of salt that that gets everywhere, including stuck to your car’s mats. As much as you try not to track the snow and salt everywhere, it still manages to make its way into your vehicle. While we recommended investing in plastic or rubber floor mats to prevent salt damage in the first place, if you don’t have plastic or rubber floor mats, we have the solution to get road salt out of your vehicle’s floor mats and carpet. Follow these steps to remove salt from your car’s mats and carpets:
- Fill an empty spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.
- Spray the solution onto the salt spots, just enough to make the carpet slightly wet. Let the solution sit for a minute or two.
- Dab, don’t wipe, the salt spots with a clean and dry rag. The goal is to soak up the salt stain with the rag.
- If the rag is wet and the stain is still on the carpet, grab another dry towel to try again.
- When you’re done, the spot should be dry and the stain should be gone! If a salt stain is still on the carpet, repeat steps 2-4.
Schedule Your Spring Maintenance Appointment at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, MI
At Graff Bay City we’re proud to have a team of service experts that are dedicated to taking care of you and your vehicle. Get ready for spring with by scheduling a routine maintenance appointment for your tires, wipers, car fluids, suspension, or alignment online or by giving us a call. Our service team is available to take care of the spring car cleaning needs of all vehicle make and models. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (989) 684-4411. You can always count on the best dealership experience from our team of experts. Graff Bay City is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706, and we’re happy to service our neighboring communities of Frankenmuth, Pinconning, Mt. Morris, and Clio.