It's Time to Spring Clean Your Car

Cleaning your car isn’t just for appearances. Dirt can actually hurt your car so it’s important to give it a regular clean. If you haven’t given your Chevy a wash in a while, it may be time for a thorough spring cleaning.

Dirt Does Damage

Dirt buildup on your car is not only unpleasant to look at, it can also harm the exterior of the car. Moisture in the air makes dirt and dust stick to your car. That dirt and dust, when left to build up for long enough, can wear down the paint of your car.

On top of that, when the dirt mixes with rainwater and other pollutants, it becomes even more abrasive to the paint, causing it to crack or chip. When paint is removed it exposes the car to moisture, which also may cause your car to rust.

Protect your car by cleaning it regularly. A DIY wash will give you the best results.

Tips for Cleaning Your Car

1. Start on the inside

Sometimes the interior of the car can be forgotten about when giving your car a wash. Start by cleaning out all of the trash or unnecessary objects that have accumulated inside your car. When all of the debris has been removed, vacuum the floors and carpets to remove trapped dust.

Other crevices where dust might hide are in between your seats and in vents and gaps on your dashboard. Use the crevices attachment for your vacuum to get in between the seats, and use a toothbrush to wipe away dust in smaller areas.

Wipe down the dashboard and console with sanitizing wipes and thoroughly clean out grime from cup holders.

If you notice any stains on the upholstery, there are several DIY stain removers you can make, or you can pick up a stain remover at your local store.

2. Pay Attention to All of the Windows

Clean windows improve your visibility while driving. To make the glass shine, use a glass cleaner with no ammonia and a soft microfiber towel. Ammonia can damage the outer layers of the glass, while other towels, especially paper towels, can leave streaks or other residue.

3. Onto the Exterior

Start washing the outside of your car while rinsing it thoroughly to loosen and remove the dirt. Household soaps like dish detergent can be harmful to the paint on your car, so purchase specially formulated soap to clean the exterior of your car. Lather on the soap with a soft sponge, and scrub using up and down motions rather than circles. Rinse the sponge often to keep it clean and remove dirt.

Once scrubbed clean, rinse your car again and dry it by hand with a soft, dry cloth.

These same tips can be used to clean the tires of your car. To get in the grooves of the tread, use a toothbrush to scrub away dirt.

It’s easy to clean up your car yourself. Regular washing keeps it in top condition. To make sure your Chevy is in the best possible shape, schedule an appointment with the service staff at our dealership near Dallas.

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