How Can I Spring Clean My Car?
As the weather warms, it’s common to be bitten by the spring-cleaning bug. Airing out the house, packing away the heavy blankets, and removing that layer of dirt and dust that’s accumulated over the winter provides a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. However, there’s another place you spend a great deal of time – and that’s your car. So why not start the spring and summer driving season in style? Here are some tips to get your started:
Take out the Trash
Whether you have a Ford Explorer or a Ford Fusion in Crestwood, it’s a good bet that crumpled papers, empty cups, and assorted bits of this and that have accumulated under the seats and in the nooks and crannies of your vehicle. So start by removing all the trash – and while you’re at it, this is a good time to take everything out of your car in preparation for when you vacuum.
Wipe and Dust
Start with a microfiber cloth and a small brush. Clean all the surfaces including the dashboard, instrument panel, air vents (a small toothbrush works wonders on these), the steering wheel, and anywhere else dust and dirt accumulate. Now when it comes to those grimy cupholders, if they are removable, take them out and give them a good washing with soap and water. If not, use an all-surface cleaner and let it sit to soften any sticky stuff before wiping them out thoroughly.
Wash the Floor Mats
Throughout the rest of the year, floor mats can be cleaned by simply running the vacuum over them. However, with the salt and slop of winter behind us, spring is a good time to take them out, shake them off, and wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Then let them dry completely before putting them back in place.
Clean the Junk Out the Trunk
You’ll be amazed at the assortment of oddities you might find here. From missing socks to a can of soup that rolled out of a grocery bag, it’s time to get the junk out of your trunk. The best approach is to remove everything, vacuum thoroughly, and carefully replace the things you need using some sort of organizer that will prevent them from rolling around while you’re driving.
Vacuum and Wash
Once everything is cleaned out, give the passenger cabin a good vacuuming. Then treat your faithful four-wheeler to a professional car wash. Now, open the windows, turn up the stereo, and enjoy!