Spring Car Cleaning Tips
With the first hint of Spring, many of us are ready to give our home a top-to-bottom cleaning, but there is one area it is often overlooked. Our cars take quite a beating during the winter and need just as much attention as our home. Today we are going to dust off winter with seven Spring Car Cleaning Tips.
It turns out we clean our homes a lot more frequently than our vehicles. According to a recent survey nearly nine-in-10 car owners say they clean their homes at least weekly, if not daily, but only half can say the same about how often they clean their vehicles. Nearly a third admits they clean their vehicles a few times a year or less!
So when do we take the time to clean out our cars? Nearly 30 percent of car owners take care of it when they’re at the carwash, but one-in-five try to keep up appearances by cleaning out their vehicles when they know they’ll be driving other people around.
The winter months can wreak havoc on your car’s exterior and interior. The change of season is the perfect time to detail your car, from top to bottom! — Spring Cleaning your car!
7 Car Cleaning Tips for Spring
Take Out The Trash and Clear Clutter
First off, grab a bag or trash can and toss out all of the food wrappers, random half-filled water bottles that always end up in the back seat and any other trash that seems to accumulate. Nearly a third of car owners have left food in their vehicles overnight. Place a new bag inside the car to catch future trash.
Does your car double as a storage unit? Empty out your trunk, back seats, seat backs and glove compartment of all the clothes, shoes, gym/sports equipment, snack containers, water bottles and other random items into a basket to be sorted and relocated later. All that extra weight can affect how well your vehicle performs on the road and could be costing you more money at the gas pump!
TIP: Car organization tools, such as a trunk organizer can help keep your car from getting cluttered in the future.
Vacuum before you do any other interior car cleaning. Take your time to give the whole car a good vacuuming. Remove floor mats for a scrub and give the car floor a thorough vacuum job before replacing them. Be sure to push seats forward and back to get underneath.
Vacuum seats and in the crevices around your dashboard and center console. If you have car seats, remove them and give them a good vacuum and cleaning as well, before replacing.
TIP: If you have a furry friend who likes to take rides, you’ve probably noticed vacuuming pet hair is next to impossible. Vacuum up what you can, then use a lint roller to grab the rest. A squeegee works magic on pet hair too! Run it along the carpet or seats and watch the hair come right up. Don’t have a squeegee? rubber gloves will work too for gathering hair!
A Clean Dash
The winter months can wreak havoc on your car’s interior. The change of season is the perfect time to detail your car, from top to bottom! Restore the clarity of your windows with a specialized automotive glass cleaner. Use a soft cloth and tiny “tools” (e.g., a toothbrush, cotton swabs, magic cleaning eraser, and even a cheap paintbrush or foam brush) to tackle the steering wheel, dashboard and hard to reach areas, like cup holders and air vents.
There are many types and brands of interior cleaning products for your vehicle. Be sure to use the correct product for the type of surface you’re cleaning. You may need several products.
Leather – Leather seats are a nice option in a car, so be sure to take care of them as much as possible. Leather is prone to drying out and breaking down over time, so it requires special cleaners and conditioners to keep the leather supple and soft.
Use a cheap foam brush or paintbrush to dust between the AC vents.
A magic cleaning eraser sponge is great for getting the grime from vinyl and plastic.
You’ll be amazed at how much better the car looks when you clean all the detail spots.
TIP: Keep a duster in your glove box and use it when you’re waiting at the drive-thru or school pick-up line to give your dash and steering column a quick dusting periodically.
“Hydrate” Your Car for Spring
You aren’t the only one who needs to refuel to prepare for spring – your car does, too! Be sure to check the levels of all vital fluids, including motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid, and top-off, or change fluids, as needed.
TIP: Jiffy Lube® offers expert automotive maintenance services that are quick and convenient, helping drivers maintain their vehicles’ value and longevity.
Give Your Tires a Little TLC
After a long winter of harsh driving conditions, be sure to check the pressure of each of your tires to ensure they’re filled to the proper level. Check your vehicle owner’s manual or the decal found in the door jamb or glove compartment of your car to find out what level is right for your vehicle.
TIP: And don’t forget tire tread! An easy way to see if the tread is worn out is the penny trick. Insert a penny into the tread groove with Abe Lincoln’s face showing, but with his head upside down. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time to replace your tires.
Wash the Exterior
Take your car in for a good car wash that includes the undercarriage of your car, to remove all the winter grime and salt off your vehicle.
After you’re finished cleaning your car, replace the cabin air filter and add a favorite air freshener to keep your car smelling clean and fresh all spring and summer!
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I’d say Around 2 yrs Ago . Last Time I Did it myself.
it’s been about 3 years ago. been sick and surgery and haven’t been able to get it done.and no one willing to help. so therefore it’s it’s in need of some deep help.
It’s been about 3 years have been sick and surgeries and haven’t been able to get it done no one willing to help. Just needs some deep cleaning. would be greatly appreciated.
I actually clean my car every couple weeks to keep it tidy for the most part.
Last year and it’s definitely time to do it again after hauling 2 elderly dogs back and forth from the vet a gazillion times this winter.
I bought my car last year and that’s the last time I had it detailed ? I wash it and vacuum it out every few weeks but a real good detail I’ve never done lol.
I can’t remember the last time my vehicle received a spring cleaning, but it’s way past time.
I try and clean it out every spring and fall.
I cleaned out the garbage a few days ago but now I have to vacuum well and get the undercarriage! Might have time over the weekend.
I last cleaned the exterior of my car at the end of last summer. I cleaned the interior once since. I live in an apartment and it’s not as much fun cleaning my suv like when I lived at home and had a drive way.
About three weeks ago was the last time for me.
It;s been a few months since I’ve given my car a nice cleaning.
It’s been way too long!
The last deep cleaning was last spring — I took it in for detailing. They did a great job, but it’s a little expensive.
I gave my car a good Spring cleaning last Spring, it’s ready for one now!
The last time I gave my car a good Spring cleaning was in October.
Oh boy, it’s been way too long since I’ve given my car a good cleaning! There are cheerios wedged in places I don’t want to look.
Just this past weekend (spurred by a toddler’s having dumped an entire box of Lucky Charms in the back seat!)
it has been really crappy weather wise for a while so the truck hasnt been cleaned in months. soon hopefully!
It was just yesterday. Prepping for a road trip to the Keys!
I haven’t given my vehicle a spring cleaning since the summer of 2016.
The end of the summer (2016) was the last time I gave my car a good Spring cleaning!
I’m not sure when I really ever cleaned the inside of my car. I’ve vacuumed and cleaned out the garbage but after reading this I’m so cleaning the inside of the car
So many cool tips!! I need to take note 😉 And the doggies is just the cutest cleaning partner 🙂
The last time I truly deep cleaned my car was probably two year ago!
Before winter. And living in MN, that was a long time.e ago!
It was probably last spriing so we are wayyyyyy overdue!
I can’t remember the last time a gave my car a good spring cleaning I am so doing it this month.
Well we just got a new vehicle so I would say last week.
I haven’t spring cleaned my car since I had it detailed last year and with all the additions and miles driven it should be every three months.
I am the proud chauffeur for 2 teenage boys. We live in the woods so we tend to track a lot of dirt into our vehicles. I try to clean out my car monthly but honestly it happens more when the weather is nice and less when the weather isn’t ideal.
My car was cleaned about 6 months ago.
i really, really need to clean my car. It’s been about 6 mths.
Last week before our spring break road trip! Of course, now it needs to be cleaned again.
Sadly, I don’t have a car, but I cleaned my son’s car yesterday.
I drive a company car so it’s been a long time since I cleaned it out 🙂 I live in my car most of the time.
Yesterday was actually the last time I cleaned my truck in and out.
i detailed my car yesterday! It really needed it.
I gave my car a good spring cleaning yesterday. It needed it after a long winter.
Lots of great tips and we have clean our car daily but if we don’t able to do this daily then once in a week this job should be done. Thanks for sharing the tips.
It’s been awhile
The arrival of spring reminds us to clean our car. In this time, we undertake a thorough clean, both exterior and interior, to our vehicle. After the debris and stains get removed from it, we pay attention to its looks. For this, we have to paint it and to preserve the shinning we should apply wax. The leather materials should be washed with great care. We cannot apply the same procedure on them like other kinds of items. Apart from this, we have to carry out few maintenance on it for a smooth ride.
I think it’s very important to also have a good vacuum cleaner for your car, that has the necessary attachments to get to smaller spaces. The one i personally use is the HYLA and i swear by it, i never heard of it before and i thought the price tag was ridiculous but i have to say it is well worth the investment. I know that Dyson also makes vacuums that are very good for both car and home.
Where is the cabin air filter located?
Look at ur vehicle user manual
Every time I get out of my vehicle I take all trash, any extra water bottles, etc. I take my vehicle to car wash no less than once a month. I apply RainX to all windows twice a yr. I also make sure all fluid levels are good, oil changes, tire rotations, filters replaced, tire air pressure is correct & anything else that needs to be fixed is. I believe in “If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you!” I have had my 2004 Ford Explorer XLT for 11 yrs. I finally handed it down to my 19 yr old son. Just bought myself a 2015 Ford Explorer Limited!
That what I’m going to do tomorrow afternoon.