Somersworth Auto Repair

Spring Cleaning/Car Washing Tips

Spring is right around the corner, and we will soon say bye to the cold winter. As the leaves and flowers sprout and the sunshine peeks through from behind the clouds, you might be motivated to do some spring cleaning. 


There is no better way to spruce things up than by giving your car a much-needed thorough clean. While you may be tempted to grab the hose, soap, and bucket and jump right in, there are some tips that you should keep in mind when washing your car at home!

  1. Make sure to get your vehicle bumper-to-bumper, including the tires, underbody, mirrors, and all other glass surfaces. Tons of debris and dirt could've been collected in these areas over the winter, so make sure you pay attention to the details. 
  2. Dry your car with a microfiber cloth. This soft material is best suitable to dry a vehicle. Scrubbing an old t-shirt or scratchy towel can end up hurting the paint, so stick with the microfiber fabrics.
  3. Avoid using dish soap, detergent, or other household cleaning agents. This is a common mistake many drivers make when DIY-ing an at-home car wash. Unfortunately, the chemicals in household cleaning soaps are super harsh and can strip your vehicle's shiny paint. Instead, opt for a soap specifically made for cars.
  4. Vacuum the floor mats, rugs, and trunk. Most people tap out when they're done cleaning the car's exterior, but the interior is just as important. Vacuuming these areas will help you get the pesky crumbs, receipts, straw wrappers, and any other junk you've left sitting in your car for a while.

We hope these tips help you kick-start your spring cleaning this year. Besides keeping a car clean and pristine, vehicle owners have a huge responsibility to get regular maintenance. If your car, SUV, or truck requires spring maintenance, look no further than Central Park Garage! Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online with our professionals today.

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