Spring-cleaning is not just about your home. After a long hard winter its time to turn your attention to your car, Suzanne Keane offers tips on how to spring clean your car
Summer may finally (fingers crossed) be on the way. It’s funny how that little bit of sunshine last week was able to increase the amount of shiny cars (along with vest tops and sunglasses) on our roads….
Is your car due a little spring clean?
Firstly – empty the rubbish! Take out anything that shouldn’t be in the car, heavy jackets, winter boots etc – that means cleaning out the boot too! You may even be able to take out the ice scraper and de-icer – although with our climate you can never be sure! All these extra bits are increasing your fuel consumption…
Then give the car a quick vacuuming, followed by some polish on the dash and other plastics. There’s nothing worse than getting into a smelly car on a hot day so make sure you hoover/clean in every crevice!
The next step is to clean the windows – any sunshine we do get will show up any dirt or fingerprints and if you’re driving towards the sun any marks on the windscreen will make it harder to see out! Newspaper (or a microfiber cloth) and some normal window cleaner is all you need.
When you’ve got the interior gleaming give the car a thorough wash to knock of all that winter grime – including the undercarriage and inside the wheel arches to knock off any traces of grit/salt from the roads. If you’re not a car-wash expert check out our guide!
Finally, do a quick check under the bonnet. Oil, water, coolant and make sure all the pipes and hoses are in good condition.
Now all that’s left to do is to wait for the next glimpse of sunshine, roll down those windows and enjoy your car…..
18th March, 2017