At South Motors Honda, we know the ins and outs of cars. As spring breaks on the scene here in Miami, we’d like to show you some car cleaning tips so that you can strut your stuff down Miami Beach. Read on, and you’ll find yourself daydreaming about cleaning your car until it glistens in the spring sun.
1. Auto Detailing from the Inside Out
Cleaning your car starts with the interior.
- First, grab a plastic bag and pick up loose change, old receipts, and moldy french fries. Send those suckers to the trash.
- Remove front and rear car mats. Run a vacuum over them as well as the floors and seats. Use attachments to get into hard-to-reach areas underneath the seats as well as in cup holders and door compartments. Vacuum the trunk, too.
- With a steam cleaner, pick up caked-on gunk and stains from the carpets and car mats. You can also use a hard-bristle brush, warm water, and dish soap to clean the car mats.
- For cars with a noticeable bit of “stank,” add baking soda to the newly washed floor. Let the baking soda dry, then go over it with a vacuum.
- If you have some unsightly stains, try one of these DIY auto detailing tips:
- Coffee stains – Mix 1 part white vinegar, 3 parts water, and a few drops of dish soap. Lightly scrub with a clean cloth, and then blot dry.
- Blood stains – Apply a paste of baking soda and water, let it sit, and then gently wipe off with a damp cloth. You can also use hydrogen peroxide, but be careful with delicate areas.
- Ink stains – Spurts of hairspray can help lift ink out of cloth fabric. Just dry with a white cloth when done to avoid color transfers.
2. Always Hand Wash
For the most thorough car wash, South Motor Honda recommends doing it by hand. Although a quick run-through at the local drive-thru car wash is convenient, it won’t do much more than remove visible dirt and grime.
- Move the car into the shade and gather your tools: two buckets, sponges, soap/carwash solution, microfiber towels, and a hose or pressure washer.
- Using the hose or pressure washer, spray the car down, focusing on the wheel wells, undercarriage, and grille.
- Wash one side at a time, moving from top to bottom. Save the tires for the end—they’re full of scratch-causing grit. Rinse and repeat.
- Don’t air dry! Use a squeegee or dry cloth.
3. Get to Waxing
Giving your car a fresh coat of wax is equivalent to a buying a just-because gift for your wife. But a good wax is more than just a way to make your car happy. Thanks to the Miami heat and humidity, rust and paint deterioration can be a real threat.
If you keep your car in the sun often, consider using a sealant. Sealants often have higher melting points than waxes, meaning your car will be protected longer. If you do opt for a wax, make sure it is suitable for high temperatures and humidity. Waxes with fast curing times are also helpful.
4. Streak-Free Windows
It’s always best to save your windows (and mirrors) for last because you never know when a fingerprint might make its way on the glass.
- Avoid ammonia-based cleaners and sprays. For a homemade glass-cleaning solution, add dish soap or rubbing alcohol to distilled water.
- Use a microfiber cloth or newspaper, not paper towels.
- Spray cleaning solution on the cloth or towels, not the windows.
- For tinted windows, wipe carefully and always use a natural cleaning solution.
- Take it a step further, use a clay detailing bar on the outside windshield.
5. Perform Routine Maintenance at South Motors Honda Dealer
The key to a clean car is embracing regular maintenance. Get your oil changed, windshield wipers replaced, fluids cycled, and air filters swapped out. If you live in the Miami area, you can trust the South Motors Honda service center to get your car ready for spring. We have incredible seasonal car care coupons for you to take advantage of, too. Isn’t spring swell?
Call us at 855-871-9547 to schedule an appointment for car maintenance, or visit our Miami Honda dealership at 16165 South Dixie Hwy today. In addition to car care services, we also have hundreds of new Honda models and used cars for sale and lease.