With almost a week to go for spring to start officially, it is that time of the year to start spring cleaning. With the brutal winter that we had this time, our car has seen some tough weather — snow and dirt and slushes all over the road. Here are some tips to help spring clean your vehicle this spring:
Clean your floor mats – At some point in the winter, our floor mats were caked with mud and snow and dirt from our shoes and children’s shoes. First thing to do is to take these floor mats out and clean them. I use a water hose to pour water over the mat and scrub as needed. Remember to air them out completely before putting them back in the car.
Dry the floors – Before you put back the floor mats, remember to wipe the floor down. You do not want any residual moisture or wetness before putting the floor mats back in.
Clean out any salt residues – When you are wiping the interior of your car, make sure to get rid of any salt residues as well. It may take some scrubbing so use a handy scrubbing pad to get the salt stains out. Scrub the bottoms of the car doors to get all the grime out.
Use steam cleaner – You can rent steam cleaners at Home Depot or apply a rug cleaning spray on your seat covers and other areas inside the car. Salt residues can destroy the leather or cause rips or tears when feet grind against them.
Clean the underbody of the car – winter time driving would coat the underbody of your car with salt and other grime that can cause corrosion. When you go for a car wash at your local car wash, spend some extra dollars to clean the underbody to increase the life of your car.
Destroy the odor – If your car interior has that musty and moldy winter smell, sprinkle some baking soda on the floors. Baking soda helps absorb any odors in closed spaced. I usually spray some scented sprays once the cleaning is done so that it stays fresh.
Vacuum – We have a hand held vacuum cleaner that helps us to vacuum all the dirt from the car without much hassle. Using the vacuum, we clear out any dust particles in between the seats, especially where the children sit. Remember to always clear out the car before vacuuming so that you can get all nooks and corners.
Clean the windows – It is important to clean the windows and glass on the car as part of spring cleaning. I use a glass cleaner and a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the glass.
Polish the interiors – Once I wipe down the interior, I usually wipe the dashboard, steering wheel and other areas such as cup holders with furniture polish and dry cloth to restore its shininess and remove any dullness due to the weather.