Cleaning Out Your Car After Summer

cleaning out your car in Hadley, MA - washing blue vehicleMaybe it’s been a long summer. Perhaps you have gone on vacation, ferried the kids to soccer camp, or been through a few camping trips. In any case, you might have some cleaning to do now that the little ones are back in school. Cleaning out your car in preparation for fall and winter can be a major undertaking, so here are some major points you should hit.

Wash Your Car

This might be an obvious tip, but when cleaning your car always start off with a sparkling exterior. Make sure to get the undercarriage of your vehicle, too, and do your windows last – soapy water drips down and gets windows dirty again!

Separate “Toss” and “Keep” Piles

If you have a lot of junk in your vehicle, bring out a box and a trash bag. Put all the garbage you don’t want, like fast food wrappers, in the trash bag, and put the things you want to keep in the box.

Scrub the Floors

It’s a good idea to scrub the carpeted floors of your vehicle so that you get out any stains or dirt stuck in the corners.

Vacuum

Finish up your floors by running the vacuum and sucking up any crumbs. Don’t forget the trunk!

Cleaning out your car can be intimidating at first, but if you take it step by step, the cleaning process gets much easier.

Car Washing Tips and Tricks

Car washing tips

Check out some of these car washing tips to make your car look squeaky clean.

Washing your car by hand may seem like a thing of the past as automated car washes seem to pop up every couple of blocks. There are things an automated wash won’t get off, though, which means you’ll need to do some scrubbing. Don’t know where to start? No worries! We here at Steve Lewis Subaru will help you out with some car washing tricks!

First, make sure you’re using a soap dedicated to cars. Using other soaps and cleaners, like household detergents, can damage your paint over time. Soap dedicated to cars will care for the paint and ensures there won’t be any harm.

The best time to wash your car is when it’s cool out. Usually, the mornings or evenings are best. Washing when the sun is high in the sky and beating down on your vehicle will cause water and soap to dry quickly, meaning you’ll need to wet your car over and over again to rinse and remove water stains. That can turn into some serious time wasted!

No matter what The Karate Kid taught you, “wax on, wax off” is not the way to go when using a sponge on your car. Moving the sponge in circles can create swirl marks, light but still noticeable scratches. Instead, move the sponge up and down for a clean result.