If you have yet to give your car a thorough clean since winter, then now is the best time to do it. Spring is almost over and the scorching summer heat will be upon us very soon. Spring cleaning your vehicle not only lets you spot issues and prevent them from getting worse, but it can also prolong your car’s life.Ram dealers in Deming, NM offer this easy car cleaning to-do list to ensure you won’t miss anything.
Seats and Upholstery
Before you start, keep in mind that you’re not just washing your car. You are doing a general cleaning. This means you are cleaning both its interior and exterior. The rule of thumb is to start inside the vehicle. Toss out the trash. Pull out and wash the floor mats. Vacuum the seats. Wipe and sanitize all surfaces, including the steering wheel and the dashboard. However, be careful when using commercial cleaners as some of them may be too potent. It is best to just use homemade solutions, such as a mix of water, dish soap, and vinegar.
Headlights and Windows
Once the interior is spotless, proceed to cleaning the windows. If you’re going on a road trip soon, you better have clear and transparent glass windows to fully enjoy the view. Consider using baby wipes. They are effective at removing smear marks and stains. As for your headlights, use toothpaste. This may sound unconventional but it does handle fogginess and stains on headlights very well.
Tires and Wiper Blades
We’ll be getting more rain soon, so better get those wiper blades ready. Check how much wear and tear they’ve sustained over the last few months. If you feel like they can no longer perform as needed, replace them. Do the same for your tires. How dirty are they? Are the treads full of soil? Are they properly aligned? If you can’t assess their state properly, call in a mechanic to help you out. Maybe a tire rotation should be in order.
Engine and Vents
Even if your car’s engine is under the hood, there’s still a chance dust and debris got in through the grilles. Check the filters for clogs. If you find some, clear them out to let the filters breathe. You’ve probably come across your car’s AC vent when you’re cleaning the interior, but it’s likely that you only gave it a quick wipe. Inside the vent is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold, so you have to do more than just wiping the grilles. You can use a disinfectant spray and a foam paintbrush to sanitize even the deeper sections of the vent.
Of course, the last thing to do is to give your car a nice exterior bath. Be careful when using pressurized water to avoid damaging your car’s paint or breaking any glass surface. Just use a regular hose to rinse away soap suds. Dry everything properly, especially the inside of your car, to prevent molds and mildew from growing. For more helpful car cleaning tips, check out Viva CDJRF.