All the signs of spring are in the air! The trees blossoming, the birds chirping, the [long] lines at the car wash…
Once the weather starts to warm up, people definitely start thinking about getting their cars back in shape. We put our cars through a lot during the wintertime, especially here in Utah. The salt-caked exterior, the muddy floor mats, and the various snow- and ice-removal tools littering the trunk all start to look pretty unappealing once the snow melts, which means it’s time to give our cars a bit of “Spring Cleaning” TLC.
Here are a few simple tips to help you start your spring season with the cleanest, most organized car on the block! :-)
Getting it Clean
Use our DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner to tackle muddy mats, carpets, and any dingy spots on your car seats.
These DIY Armor-All Wipes will help clean and shine the vinyl surfaces in your car’s interior, like the dashboard and center console.
A can of compressed air makes short work of dusty air vents and other small crevices.
If dust and dirt is stubbornly stuck to your vents or other hard-to-clean areas, dampen a small sponge brush with your cleaner of choice. If you don’t have a sponge brush on hand, you can always use cotton balls or swabs as well!
That grimy film that forms on the inside of the windshield is one of my pet peeves! But this handy microfiber windshield cleaner tool takes care of the grime in seconds. I keep it in my glove box, because it’s also great for wiping condensation off the window in the winter.
To eliminate small scratches, imperfections, or oxidation on your car’s paint job, look no further than the auto section of most grocery stores. You should be able to find a Polishing Compound or similar product (like a Scratch & Swirl remover.) Use a foam applicator pad to apply the product to the area using small, circular motions, then use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the area clean.
Keeping it Clean (and Organized!)
Line a plastic cereal container with a grocery bag and use it as an in-car trash can. Especially useful for long drives with the family!
No one enjoys cleaning up the gunk that invariably winds up in the bottom of our cup holders. Avoid it entirely by placing silicone muffin cups at the bottom of each cupholder. If they get sticky or dirty just throw them in the sink or dishwasher, put clean ones in the car, and save yourself the half hour of frustration!
For the messes that miss the cup holders, keep a small pack of auto cleaner wipes in your glove box. They only cost a few dollars, and you’ll have a lot more peace of mind knowing that you’re ready for any messy emergency!
If you have a furry friend who loves car rides, you may want to invest in a back-seat pet hammock to help keep your car clean! Many of these pet hammocks have buckles, so putting it in the car only takes a few seconds. You can buy one online here, or get instructions on how to make one at home here.
Keep all of your important car documents, such as your registration, insurance card, and owner’s manual, organized and clean by keeping them in an organizer. This one I found on Amazon even has a small pad of paper, in case you ever need to swap insurance info with another driver.
Getting your car waxed (or doing it yourself!) a couple of times a year can go a long way toward helping to keep it clean. Dust and dirt will lift away easily when you go through the wash, and it will also help protect your paint job!
Now your car is ready for all those summer road trips! :-)