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Car Spring Cleaning Tips from 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 yours - 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 this happen! 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 prevent its exposed components from rusting. In the sections below, you’ll find the best car spring cleaning tips from our service experts at Graff Bay City on how to clean your car’s interior and exterior, including getting 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, but did you know that it also helps 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, including rust. With the proper spring cleaning and car care, you can keep your vehicle looking like new for years to come! Here are a few helpful tips to get started:

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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, however, has got to be that refreshed feeling you get every time you get behind the wheel! Below are some spring cleaning car tips that will help you remove dirt, crumbs, and clutter:

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 what gets 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, we have the solution to get road salt out of your vehicle’s stock floor mats and carpet! Follow these steps:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.
  2. Spray the solution onto the salt spots, just enough to make the carpet slightly wet. Let the solution sit for a minute or two.
  3. 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.
  4. If the rag is wet and the stain is still on the carpet, grab another dry towel to try again.
  5. 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

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.