When you finally emerge into the warmth of spring after a long, cold winter here in Red Bank, you want everything around you to shine—including your car and garage. Unfortunately, you might have a hard time deciding where to start. And with winter’s accumulated dirt and grime to get rid of, you’ve got your work cut out for you! When you’re ready to dive in with your clean-up tasks, make sure you utilize these key spring cleaning tips for your car and garage to have them looking their best.
Inside the Car
Starting inside your car is perfect for those early spring days when it’s too cold to be outside with the hose, but you want to make some serious progress. Try these strategies for getting your car into tip-top shape.
- Pull out and clean (or replace) the floor mats.You’ve been tracking dirt, sludge, and salt on them all winter. Now it’s time to freshen them up.
- Go easy with the water.Whether you’re cleaning the car’s seats or its carpeting, make sure you’re using a minimal amount of water to get it clean. Excess water often lingers in your car’s comparatively small interior, which can lead to a musty smell or mold—not the spring-clean scent you’re looking for.
- A stiff brush is your best friend.A little carpet cleaner will work wonders on your carpets and fabric seats—just make sure you test it out on a small, hidden area first to make sure it won’t bleach or ruin the fabric.
- Refresh your emergency kit.Did you have to use any of the items in your emergency kit over the winter? If you didn’t replace them once they were used, now is a great time to do it.
Outside the Car
With the inside looking spic and span, it’s time to move outside your car. As winter fades into spring, some basic car maintenance is necessary, not only to have your car looking its best but also to increase its lifespan and make sure you don’t run into trouble on the road. In addition to scheduling maintenance at our Red Bank service center, you should also follow these tips:
- Check your tires.Many places that offer oil changes will check your tire pressure and refill the air for free. With the temperature ranging up and down this time of year, you want to be sure that your tires haven’t lost pressure.
- Perform a Thorough Car Washing. Thorough means thorough—don’t skip the wheel wells, headlights, or exhaust pipes. Every inch should be suds’d
- Wash off the dirt.All that salt on the road over the winter might have made it easier for you to drive, but it’s hard on your car’s paint job and undercarriage! Make sure you scrub off the outside and spray the undercarriage to remove every trace of the winter salt from your car.
- Try cleaning clay to scrape off dirt that’s deeply embedded.Cleaning clay will take off more than the surface dirt; it will also erase much of the deeper grit that has settled in over the winter.
- Remove the hub caps and wash “underneath” them.This will get out that extra accumulated grime. If you need a professional’s hand, try bringing the vehicle in for an expert car detail.
In the Garage
Now that your car’s looking like a finer version of itself, you need to tackle your garage. A clean and organized garage is not only a better place to keep your car, but it’s also a safer location for you since you aren’t as worried about slipping, tripping, or falling.
- Scrub down the garage floor. Sweep out dirt, dust, and leaves, then scrub away any stains on the floor. Kitty litter is a great option for absorbing oil that may have been left behind over the winter. And clearing away clutternot only makes it less likely that you’ll fall, but it also reduces the odds that you’ll run over a nail (or step on one)!
- Add shelves for your garage.Choose a solution for garage organization that fits the things that you’re already storing there. This is particularly useful if you’re finding that it’s increasingly difficult to fit your car safely into the garage without moving boxes, old toys, etc.
That wasn’t so hard, was it? Spring cleaning might not be your favorite part of the warmer season, but it’s one of the most rewarding. And following the tips above will allow you to get through with it quickly.
If you want to greet the spring in style, consider exchanging your car in for a brand-new (or newer) model. Just contact us! At Nissan World of Red Bank, all of our used cars and new Nissan vehicles are already spring-cleaned and waiting for you to enjoy them. Call our dealership at (732) 704-7860 to speak with a member of our sales team about our inventory and current specials and incentives, or ask how to get the best trade-in value for your used car. We proudly serve the areas of Red Bank, Middletown, Eatontown, and Marlboro, NJ.