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Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Car

Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Car

By Lisa Selvaggio

Spring isn’t just a good time to give your house a thorough cleaning to prep for the return of warmer weather; it’s also an ideal time for cleaning your car. After a rough winter, during which your vehicle was exposed to frigid temperatures, ice, snow, and road salt, you’ll want to take steps to restore the look of the exterior and clean out the interior of any debris that got tracked in.

What are some of the products that you can add to your at-home car care kit to make spring cleaning your vehicle easy and efficient? We’ve got you covered with some suggestions below.

For Washing the Exterior

Removing damaging salt, along with all of the dirt and grime that accumulated over the course of the winter, is important. And the best part is that you can do it yourself at home, so you don’t have to spend money going to a car wash if you don’t want to.

  • Adam’s Grit Guard Wash Bucket with Lid

    To start, you’ll need a bucket in which you can put some water and car wash soap. We recommend the 5-gallon Adam’s Grit Guard Wash Bucket with Lid. The grit guard helps ensure you remove any dirt you washed off the car so it doesn’t remain on the mitt you’re using. Basically, the guard separates debris from your mitt, and it keeps the dirt at the bottom of the bucket.
  • Relentless Drive Ultimate Car Wash Mitt

    Using a mitt makes washing your car easier, and it can also help prevent scratches to your car’s paint while you wash. The Relentless Drive Ultimate Car Wash Mitt has double-sided, extra thick chenille microfiber, so it’s safe to use on delicate surfaces and paint. It doesn’t leave any lint behind, it’s even more absorbent than sheepskin, and it’s machine washable.
  • Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow Foam Auto Wash

    The pH-neutral Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow Foam Auto Wash is a good choice when it comes to the soap you use to wash your car. It helps you easily get rid of grime and dirt, as well as environmental contaminants that collected on your car’s exterior over the winter. Plus, it’s safe for all surfaces, including paint, plastic, glass, vinyl, and rubber, and it’s safe for sealants and wax too.
  • Meguiar’s X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel

    To avoid unsightly water spots, you need to dry your car completely after you wash it, and the Meguiar’s X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel will help you get the job done quickly and easily. Measuring 22” x 30” and boasting a waffle weave texture, it can absorb more water than a terry towel, and it can help you avoid leaving streaks behind. Plus, it’s machine washable.
  • Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

    Applying a layer of wax can help protect your car’s paint and make your vehicle look like it just came out of a professional car wash. We recommend the 100% carnauba-based Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax. It’s easy to use, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and can be applied with a machine or by hand on all types of paint.

Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

When you’re ready to clean the interior of your car, using the right products can help you save time and effort.

  • ThisWorx Car Vacuum (TWC-01)

    Vacuuming the interior of your vehicle can be a hassle, but with the ThisWorx Car Vacuum, you can quickly pick up wet and dry debris and dirt from the floors and seats. It boasts a strong 106w motor and metal turbine for suction power, along with a 16’ cord so you won’t be held back when trying to access hard-to-reach places throughout the car. Plus, you can plug it into the cigarette lighter.
  • Stoner Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner

    To thoroughly clean your vehicle’s glass, check out the Stoner Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner, which can be used both on the inside and outside of your car. It features a clear dry formula, so it won’t leave behind any streaks, and it can be used safely on non-tinted and tinted windows.
  • Car Guys Premium Super Cleaner

    The Car Guys Premium Super Cleaner is a multi-surface cleaner that you can use inside your car to revive the look of metal, finished wood trim, fabric, carpet, rubber, plastic, vinyl, and more. This means you can use this one product to wipe every surface, lifting away grime and dirt without leaving behind any gloss or residue.

Don’t Forget Your Wheels and Tires

Finally, take some time to clean your wheels and tires. After all, if they’re still dirty, it will look like you didn’t do a complete job when you washed your vehicle.

  • TriNova Tire Shine Spray

    To give your tires a nice shine so they no longer look faded and old, try the TriNova Tire Shine Spray. It can protect against premature dullness, helping your tires look newer. And this easy-to-use product can even repel grime and dirt as well.
  • Car Guys Premium Wheel Cleaner

    To match the clean look of your tires, you can use the Car Guys Premium Wheel Cleaner, which is environmentally friendly, pH balanced, and acid free. This product can be used on all wheels, and it works by removing road grime, salt, and brake dust so your wheels will look like new.

Get Your Car Ready for Springtime Rides!

Setting aside some time to spring clean your car will be worthwhile. Doing so will make your vehicle look great, and will also help protect it so it can continue looking like new. Then, you’ll be ready to head out and enjoy the warm spring weather!


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