When you do your spring
clean up, start with the outside. First, go to a quarter car wash and
blast off all of the sand and salt. If you don’t do that, you are
going to grind the sand right down into the paint finish. And don’t
forget to get under the car and in the door jambs. This is where rust
usually gets started.
When you wash the
exterior, always use a car wash concentrate. Dishwashing soap can do
more harm than good, so never use that. Start at the top and work your
way down, making sure that you clean your wash mitt or sponge as often
as possible to keep it clean.
Wash the wheels and
tires as well. Aluminum wheels can be damaged by road salt, so it is
important to get all of that off. But use a separate wash mitt or sponge
for wheels and tires, because they get REALLY dirty.
After a good rinse and
dry, apply some wax to the exterior to protect the paint finish. There
are many different types of waxes on the market, and most are very easy
Next, clean up the
interior. Sand and dirt have probably worked into the carpet. Use a dry
brush and a vacuum to work the sand up out of the carpet. Avoid soaking
the carpet with water or cleaners, because that can lead to a musty
smell if the carpets don’t completely dry out.
Finish up with a wipe
of the dash and interior panels, using a product that is designed for
plastic and you’re as good as new…as long as it doesn’t snow
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