Keeping your car clean during spring and summer can be a daunting task, especially if you want your car to look as good as it did when you had it professionally detailed. However, with a little effort, you can keep your car looking clean and shiny all season long. In this article, we will discuss 8 ways to keep your car clean this spring and summer, even in between professional detailing services.
Regular Washing and Drying
The easiest and most effective way to keep your car clean and shiny is by regularly washing and drying it. This includes washing the exterior with car shampoo and water, and drying it with a microfiber towel. Using regular dish soap is a huge red flag. Dish soap can remove the wax from your car's paint, which can leave it unprotected and looking dull. It is essential to use a specialized car shampoo to avoid this problem.
We offer maintenance washes to ensure that any dust, debris, or materials on the vehicle are removed before outdoor conditions like extreme heat can lead to more damage. These basic washes are meant to keep your vehicle in good condition. For maximum car care, we recommend clients book a full detail at the start of spring and return to us for maintenance washes every 2-3 weeks.
Using a Car Cover
Using a car cover is a great way to protect your car from the elements when you're not using it. A high-quality car cover can help prevent scratches, dings, and other damage to your car's paint. It can also help protect your car from bird droppings, tree sap, and other harmful elements. Make sure to choose a car cover that fits your car properly and is made from a breathable material to prevent moisture from getting trapped underneath.
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Protecting Your Car's Exterior
Protecting your car's exterior is important to keep it looking new and shiny. Applying a coat of wax or sealant will help protect your car's paint from UV rays, acid rain, bird droppings, and other harmful elements.
As detailing technology advances, there are now more ways than ever to protect your vehicle. Depending on the type of wax, it is recommended that you wax your car once every three months and use a sealant for added protection. To learn more about the differences between paste wax, spray wax, and liquid wax, we recommend that clients visit our Service Upgrades page.
Cleaning the Wheels and Tires
Cleaning your car's wheels and tires is just as important as washing the exterior. Brake dust and road grime can build up on your wheels, causing them to look dirty and dull. Use a wheel cleaner specifically designed for your type of wheels, and a tire cleaner to remove any built-up grime. A tire shine can also be used to make your tires look new and shiny.
Cleaning the Interior
Keeping the interior of your car clean is just as important as keeping the exterior clean. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or debris from the carpets and seats, and use a gentle cleaner to wipe down the dashboard and other surfaces. Leather seats should be conditioned at least once a month to prevent cracking and fading.
Keeping Your Car's Glass Clean
Clean windows and mirrors not only look good, but they also improve visibility while driving. Use a glass cleaner and a microfiber towel to clean your car's windows and mirrors. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can damage tinted windows.
Using a Sunshade
Using a sunshade can help protect your car's interior from the sun's harmful UV rays. It can also help keep your car's interior cool during hot summer days. Place the sunshade on the windshield and rear window whenever you park your car in the sun.
Avoiding Eating and Drinking in Your Car
Eating and drinking in your car can lead to spills and stains, which can be difficult to remove. Avoid eating and drinking in your car, and if you must, use spill-proof containers and clean up any spills immediately.
Parking in a Covered Area
Parking your car in a covered area, such as a garage or carport, can help protect it from the elements. It can also help prevent bird droppings and tree sap from damaging your car's paint.
Keeping your car clean this spring and summer doesn't have to be a difficult task. Regular washing and drying, protecting your car's exterior, cleaning the wheels and tires, cleaning the interior, keeping your car's glass clean, using a sunshade, avoiding eating and drinking in your car, and parking in a covered area are all simple steps you can take to keep your car looking new and shiny all season long. By following these tips, your car will stay clean and protected, even in between professional detailing services.
Our best advice is to start with a full detail package at the top of Spring to get your interior and exterior looking brand new. From there, develop habits to keep your car clean based on the suggestions above, and call us every 2-3 weeks to maintain your car's fresh appearance. We're eager to take care of you!