At the end of the summer, you should do a one-time intensive makeover with your car and make sure it is road worthy for the fall months. A thorough cleaning is not necessary but at least checking your vehicle over will help prepare you for the upcoming harsh winter months. Check out these helpful tips below for getting your car winter ready as well as cleaning off from the last summer road trip.
Insects are especially horrendous after a long cross-country trip. And in the twilight, the front of the car looks like an insect graveyard. The stains are not only unsightly they can also attack the paint, especially in sunlight. Therefore, they should be removed quickly to prevent permanent damage. You wouldn’t believe what some wet paper towels or soft wash cloths will do along with some water. Just wet them and attach them to the “buggy” surface for 15 minutes. If necessary, soak tem again with a spray bottle even further, so everything is moist for the full time. Then carefully wipe everything. You will find out that clear water works wonders.
Have brake dust on the rims? Unfortunately, clear water won’t help at this point. Harsh cleansers will only start the corrosion process. Remember: Even aluminum can rust. In addition to this, wheel nuts are completely unprotected and improper care quickly goes awry. If you want to clean your rims efficiently and gently, a special wheel cleaner must be used.
If you use the public vacuum at the car wash to clean your car’s interior take care not to come in contact with the surface of the interior. The public vacuums are designed for endurance and rugged actions. That plastic is harder in general than any fine plastic in the interior of modern cars. It therefore threatens to scratch and damage any upholstery it may touch. If possible, work at home with a vacuum cleaner that has a brush attachment. Or, you can cover the edge of the nozzle with an old sock. Don’t forget to put a hole in the sock!
If you plan on polishing your car after it is washed do it in the shade and not in the sun. The polish dries too fast on hot tin or surfaces, and this causes streaks. Best polishing is performed at 59-68 degrees Fahrenheit and in the shade.
While these are all small things, they can help keep your car looking nice. When paired with other maintenance tips, such as getting your car maintained, checking to be sure your auto warranty is current, and checking such things as tire pressure, your car will be ready for that holiday trip.