5 Effective Ways To Clean Your Car

February 21, 2019 | by
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If you’re in the habit of keeping up with a clean car, than winter months are most likely your worst nightmare!

White Suv on Road Near Snow Covered Trees

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Between the frigid temperatures,  slush, ice and salt, you may not even be able to recognize your vehicle. What once was pearly white, is now a very dusty gray…

Keeping your car clean in winter might seem impossible, but it can be done! Here are 5 winter car cleaning tips to avoid a slushy mess:

  1. Stomp it off. First, clean off your shoes before you enter your vehicle to avoid bringing the gunk in the first place. Stomp them clean, brush them off or keep a spare pair in your vehicle.
  2. Protect protect protect. Installing winter grade floor mats can help prevent snow, salt and sand from being ground into the carpet. A flexible rubber mat with a deep pocketed tray offers the optimal protection for your vehicles floors. These mats are able to withstand severe cold without cracking. Wear and tear on your floors could lead to holes in the fabric, which could eventually erode all the way through the floor of your vehicle!
  3. Clean the undercarriage. When you do take your car in for a wash, make sure to choose one that is equipped with an undercarriage sprayer. Chunks of ice, rocks and salt can damage the undercarriage of your vehicle. An undercarriage has drainage holes that can get clogged or restricted due to build-up left behind from the road. Keeping the undercarriage clean will prevent rust and corrosion.
  4. Vacuum. While vacuuming should be done all year-round, it is especially important in the winter months as salt and dirt begin to build up in your floors and upholstery. Whether you use a shop vac, one at a car wash, or your household vacuum, be sure to get under floor mats and into all cracks and crevices.
  5. Wipe it down. Wipe down the windows, seats and dashboard to create a clean and sanitized base. Cold dry winter air can dry out the leather and vinyl in your vehicle, applying a conditioner will help guard against drying and cracking. Conditioners also help to prevent discoloration caused by the winter elements.

A clean and well-maintained car can impact the overall value and save you money by reducing the need for costly cleaning and repairs. Keeping your car clean throughout winter is one thing, but keeping it running smoothly is another.

 

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