Revive Your Car: Tips for First Clean After Winter

Spring has sprung at last! The annual spring clean has become a rite of passage for proud home-makers across the country, but what about our cars? Surely they’re just as deserving of a little spring TLC as your home?

Winter can be tough on cars, with excess water, salt and dirt impacting on the paintwork. The arrival of spring gives you the perfect excuse to get outside and spend some quality time with your car to make it shine like new.

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Here, we provide some essential tips on cleaning and caring for your car after winter.

Get in a Spring Cleaning Routine

Throughout the bitter winter months it can be hard to find the motivation to take your car to a car wash, let alone clean it yourself in the driveway. In fact, the amount we wash our cars drops so much during the winter, many motorists will be hard pressed to recall the last time their motor was cleaned. Be honest, can you remember?

Cleaning it shouldn’t be too much of a chore now that the warmer days of spring have arrived, and we’d recommend cleaning it at least once a fortnight, and more regularly when the weather’s bad. When roads are wet following a shower, the amount of dirt, debris and salt increases, and this will need to be removed ASAP to prevent it from damaging your car’s paintwork. Washing the car once a fortnight will stop the build-up of dirt and grime, reducing the risk of permanent impairments.

Get the Pressure Washer Out

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Without regular washing during the winter months, road salt can build up on your car and ultimately cause a range of problems, including corrosion and rusting. At the start of spring, lots of winter salt will be clinging to components on the undercarriage, meaning it can be missed when it comes to rinsing the car. When left to sit on parts beneath the car, salt can quickly lead to rusting — something which will ultimately cause a whole range of mechanical and aesthetic problems.

If you have one, use a pressure washer to blast salt and debris from the undercarriage and those other hard-to-reach areas, such as wheel arches, door jambs and the spaces beneath the bumpers, bonnet and boot. Using a pressure washer won’t harm any bits and pieces under the car, and should rinse away any salt that’s become lodged in those exposed nooks and crannies during the winter months. If not then a good clean with car shampoo and a clean sponge will work wonders too.

Think of it is as blowing out your car’s winter cobwebs!

Wash Winter from the Carpets

Throughout the winter months, think how many times you and the kids (not to mention the dog) will have piled into the car with wet, muddy or even with snowy shoes on. Even if you have car mats and are very careful, that dirt will have worked its way into the carpets — leaving stains and odour in its wake.

Now that the drier months have arrived, it’s a good idea to give them a proper clean. This will give the interior a fresher feel and make it smell better too. To clean your carpets quickly, get rid of the loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner before using Simoniz Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner. Thanks to its intensive cleaning formula and unique cleaning brush head, this handy product gives a deep clean, bringing your carpets and car seats back to life— and isn’t that what spring cleaning is all about?

Finished with the Windows in Your Home? Now It’s Time for the Car!

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Smears, dirt and fingerprints on the inside and outside of your windows may not seem a big problem, but once the sun hits them on a spring morning, dangerous dazzle could impact on your ability to drive the car safely.

So once you’ve finished with the windows and doors in your home, why not take the opportunity to clean your car’s windows too? Using Simoniz Anti-Glare Glass Cleaner and a soft microfibre cloth, wipe the internal and external glass gently to remove smears and grime that could cause dazzle and visibility issues. We promise the results will look great, and you’ll be able to enjoy safe, happy driving long into spring — now just pray for some sunshine!

Complete the Spring Clean with a Coat of Wax

Once you’ve removed all traces of winter from your car, it’s time to apply a fresh coat of wax to protect the paintwork. Wax provides a protective barrier for your car against substances like tar and road salt, as well as tree sap, which can become a real problem now that trees are beginning to bloom again. We’d recommend applying a coat at least twice a year — once in spring, and again before autumn and any time in between when it’s needed.

If you’ve never waxed your car before, it’s really not that difficult, and is a great way to finish off your car’s annual spring makeover. Get yourself a tin of Simoniz Original Wax and a microfibre cloth, and apply a thin layer to one panel at a time (ensuring it’s clean and dry beforehand). Then before the wax dries buff it away using a second soft cloth or chamois. And hey presto, your car is waxed and ready for whatever the new season throws its way, meaning you won’t need to worry about doing it again until the autumn.

No matter what the season, Simoniz car care range is here to help you take better care of your car. To browse our product line, or find out more about individual products, visit the Simoniz homepage.

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