Spring Clean Your Car with These Detailing Tips  | Scott's Fort Collins Auto

Spring Clean Your Car with These Detailing Tips 

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It’s nice to have a clean car year round, however, in the spring many people have cleaning on the brain. When you plan to spring clean your home this season, make some time to tidy up your car as well. Here are our best detailing tips to help you get the cleanest car possible. 

How to Spring Clean (Detail) Your Car 

Detailing your car is more than just going through the car wash. When you detail your car, you take care of everything from the paint on the outside to the carpet on the inside. To detail your car like a pro, follow these tips from Home Depot

1. Inspect your car and gather supplies

Before you start the process, inspect your car. Make sure you have the cleaning products that match your car’s specifications: cloth, vinyl, and leather seats will all require different cleaning methods. If you see any deep stains, you’ll need a stronger cleaner. You can find car care kits that come with most of the cleaning tools you will need and can be more effective than buying all the supplies separately. 

2. Empty and dust the interior

Start with your car’s interior so you don’t get dirt or dust on a freshly-cleaned exterior. Remove any visible coins, trash, and debris from the ashtray, cupholders, off the floor, and more. Empty the door storage and glove compartments and put such valuables as the owner’s manual in a safe place. Dust the dashboard, door panels, and other hard interior surfaces. Clean air vents with a bristle brush or with an old makeup brush or cotton swab. 

3. Vaccum the interior

Remove any floor pads in your car and dry-brush the carpet. From there, thoroughly vacuum the car, using the hose attachments to get into the tight spaces. Be sure you move the seats all the way forward and all the way back so you don’t miss anything. With the floor mats outside of the car, vigorously shake them to get rid of any grass and dirt on them. Then, using a water hose or pressure washer, give them a rinse and let them completely dry before you put them back in the car. To finish off the floors, use a foaming cleaner. Apply it, let it sit according to package directions, and blot dry with a towel. 

4. Clean the interior surfaces

Wipe down the steering wheel and dashboard with a mild all-purpose cleaner. Then, use an ammonia-free glass cleaner on the interior windows, windshields, and mirrors. 

5. Clean the seats

Next, shampoo and clean the seats based on their material. Home Depot explains what to do for different types of seats: 

  • Shampoo nylon or cloth seats with an upholstery cleaner and remove residue with a clean, damp cloth. If the cleaner leaves damp spots on the seat, use baking soda to absorb the moisture. 
  • Clean vinyl seats with either a vinyl cleaner or an all-purpose recommended for vinyl, then wipe with a microfiber cloth.
  • Clean leather seats by using a towel to wipe them with a leather cleaner and then dry them with a microfiber cloth. If needed, apply a leather conditioner to keep the material supple and to avoid cracking. Some products combine leather cleaner and conditioner in a single solution.

6. Clean the tires

Wash the exterior with the wheels to prevent dirt from traveling to other areas. Rinse the tires and wheel wells. Then, apply a wheel cleaner and allow it to sit before brushing it with a wheel rim brush. Next, use a metal polish to shine things up. Finish by using a tire cleaner and protectant.

7. Wash the exterior

Rinse the car with water and then apply a car wash soap with a car wash mitt. Use one bucket of soapy water and another with clean water to rinse your sponge with. Wash one section at a time so soap doesn’t have time to dry and leave marks. Finish by polishing the paint with a buffing pad. 

Once you complete all of these steps, you will have a car that looks good as new! Having a clean car can boost your mood and help you maintain your car’s value — a win/win. 

Call Scott’s Auto

It doesn’t matter if you have a clean car or not if your engine isn’t running like it should. If you notice any signs that your car is acting up, bring your car to us at Scott’s Auto. We’re here for all of your car’s needs — whether it’s spring cleaned or not! 


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