It's that time of year again when giving your car a good valet and spring clean before the summer will really help get rid of all the winter dirt that's covered our cars. The term itself 'spring clean' is believed to have originated from the Iranian word 'Nowruz', which means New Year in Iran and marks the beginning of spring. The Iranian New Year cleaning tradition stems further back into Persian times. Once a year, it began with houses that were cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom, including every crevice. This practice has now become a tradition throughout the world during springtime and is currently associated with other possessions such as our cars.
Spring cleaning your car
The reason behind the spring clean is to clear a build-up of cobwebs, dirt, food particles and chemicals. Furthermore, a thorough clean could protect you from potential rusting, rips in cloth, tyre imperfections, safety issues and other risks of damage. It is widely known that a spring clean could increase, or protect the value of a car just as it does with our houses. The only disadvantage to spring cleaning your house or motor is the effort, hassle and time to do it. You could employ a professional, but they may not notice the rusting, rips or damages, etc. However, if you are pushed for time, professional valets can cost in the region of £50.00 which should include an engine steam clean.
How to spring clean your car tips
To get started, make sure you pick a day or a weekend where you will have no distractions. It should not be raining and not too sunny.
1) Begin by removing any rubbish and items that you have finished with. Clutter can easily accumulate if you let it, so it's always a good idea to dump your rubbish in the bin at the regular intervals if you can. If this is impossible, then consider buying a car bin. Lakeland sells collapsible waterproof bins for just £5.99, and they can be mounted onto a headrest. The benefits of clearing out rubbish and other unused items means your fuel economy will be better. The lighter the car, the more miles to the gallon you will get.
2) Providing you have space with an electrical point and it's a clear day, you can now vacuum the interior, glove compartment and the boot. Use a crevice tool to remove any debris under the seats and boot etc.
3) If you see staining on your seats, carpets or headliners use a professional upholstery cleaner to remove the marks.
4) Spring clean the dashboard, console, glove compartment, interior windows with professional car cleaning materials.
5) Cars should always be washed in the shade and different mitts should be used for washing the car body. First spring clean the tyres, alloys and fenders with professional car cleaning products for those specific parts. Next wash the body starting at the roof and work your way downwards, use professional car soap only. Rinse the car thoroughly and rub the car down with a chamois to avoid water spots. Do not use any cleaning equipment that may have a rough surface as you may damage the paintwork.
6) Even though the windows of your car are now clean, you could use some water repellent as a final touch.
7) Minor scratches can be polished out using a colour match T-Cut, simply follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label. This needs to be done away from the direct sunlight. Dents or deep grooves can be removed by mobile companies that cover your area. These can workout much cheaper than Body Repair shops themselves.
8) The last step is to wax your car, so it's worth following the manufacturer's instructions for the best results. The benefits of using T-Cut and waxing is to preserve the car's paintwork. Preferably, this should be done every six months not just once a year. However, since many people are pushed for time, once a year is better than never. Waxing your car adds to the finishing touch and helps make subsequent washes much easier.
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