With spring now well underway, many of us will be busy decluttering and cleansing our homes, but it’s not just inside our properties where cleanliness counts. The average UK driver spends a lot of time in their car, a total of 32 hours annually is spent stuck in traffic according to recent research as reported by The Telegraph. For vehicle owners, cars are like second homes, and as a result they attract just as much dirt and clutter.
There are many benefits that go hand-in-hand with regular car cleaning. Keeping your car clean will not only present a polished image, but lower maintenance and repair costs, prolong your vehicle’s lifespan, and even improve safety when driving. Despite the advantages however, most don’t clean their cars as often as they’d like. Make spring the season to give your vehicle the thorough clean it deserves. Read on to discover our great tips for spring cleaning your car.
Wipe down your blades
The condition of your wiper blades is integral to maximising visibility when driving, so don’t let your lack of car cleanliness compromise the safety of you and your passengers. Cleaning your wiper blades is quick and easy, plus all you need is a few clean cloths, some hot soapy water and rubbing alcohol to get the job done to an excellent standard. Lift the blades from the windshield and use a cloth soaked in hot soapy water to wipe down the edge of the blade. Repeat several times, rinsing in between, to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. Use the same cloth and water to wipe the hinged areas of the blade also to aid fluidity. To finish, use another cloth to wipe a small amount of rubbing alcohol across the blade, this will remove any soapy residue.
Make sure your wiper blades are kept is tip top condition and don’t obstruct your view by cleaning them every six months.
Wash the underbody
Whilst most of your car spring cleaning efforts will be spent cleaning the exterior shell of your vehicle, not forgetting the underbody is important. Keeping this part of your vehicle clean and free from debris is an essential part of cleaning and maintenance, and will help keep the vital components on the underside of your vehicle working as they should be. To clean the underbody, apply a good quality degreaser, traffic film remover or all-purpose cleaner to pre clean. After the recommended time, rinse the cleaning agent off with a pressure washer or hosepipe.
Clean your tyre hubcaps
To guarantee a like new finish, it’s important to pay attention to every detail. Your wheels and tyres need cleaning and protecting from the grime they encounter on the roads every day. Your vehicle’s hubcaps in particular will need some tender loving care, with specialist wheel cleaners a great and gentle option for removing dirt and debris. For stubborn stains, adding a small amount of baking soda to a hot, soapy solution will help scrub your tyres and hubcaps to a sparkling shine.
Don’t forget the inside
Make the interior of your vehicle just as stunning as the exterior with a full valet inside. Start by dusting your dashboard and other surfaces before vacuuming seating areas and foot wells. For leather upholstery, applying leather cleaner is a great final touch for an impressive clean as well as the removal of ground-in grime.
Use only the best products
Your final finish is only as good as the products you use and the effort you put in, so don’t let your hard work go to waste. Use only the best, recommended cleaning products and give your car the luxury treatment.