With the coming of spring and warm weather along, and the mercury slowly rising, we can say that winter is already coming to an end. Spring is the time to open the windows, let the fresh air in and do some spring cleaning... especially for the car!
Wash your car inside and out, protect its surfaces, and then take advantage of the opportunity to perform seasonal maintenance.
The Interior: A Thorough Cleaning
Just as you clean the inside of your home, interior car cleaning is crucial when spring arrives. Throughout the winter, when you open the doors and step inside with your winter clothes and boots, dirt and salt get in. This can harm the interior surfaces of your vehicle.
Salt is particularly corrosive, so an industrial vacuum cleaner is required to remove it, especially from carpets where it accumulates in large quantities. You don’t have the equipment or the space for this kind of operation? Your Acura dealer in the heart of Montreal, near Laval and Longueuil, can take care of it in no time!
Here’s how to clean the interior in a few steps:
- Vacuum the carpets
- Remove residues in the cabin, especially in the seat seams
- Clean seats with foaming cleaner
- Apply stain remover to carpets
- Clean delicate surfaces with specialized products
Also, if your car has fragile materials such as leather or wood, take the time to read the recommendations in your car manual to avoid damaging them. Acura Montreal Centre has the appropriate car cleaning products for your vehicle.
A Vehicle That Shines From Every Angle
After the interior, it’s time to clean the exterior! Start by removing salt from underneath the vehicle, from all exposed parts of the chassis with a garden hose, and then rinse the entire car.
Cleaning the body of your car is important, and not just for aesthetic reasons: dirt that sticks to the body mixes with the water and can easily form rust. Once rinsed, you should wash the car with an appropriate cleaner and, if necessary, another product for more stubborn stains.
You may know of homemade solutions, such as dishwashing liquid. However, according to CAA-Quebec, “Dishwashing liquid does not damage paint, but it can leave deposits.” Therefore, give preference to products designed for your car in order to keep it looking shiny and in like-new condition!
Finally, tires and wheels should be cleaned as well with a different type of cleaner. Here are the steps to follow:
- Scrub with a brush from front to back
- Remove dirt with a clean brush for more precision
- Rinse, then dry the wheels
- At the same time, check the condition of your tires and tire pressure
You don’t have the time or the energy to clean your car? Leave it in the hands of professionals, who are equipped with the best products for your car.
Protective Layers: Wax and Sealant
When the body of your car is dry, apply wax to protect it and give it a shiny look. You can also polish the surface and put sealant on the paint, some of which can last for more than a year.
You can also add a protective coating to the interior of the car to keep it clean longer! However, do not apply this type of protection to the steering wheel or shift knob. Acura technicians can suggest protective products if you wish.
An Inspection Should Be Considered
When you wash your car, you might see rust or scratches on the body. Take action as soon as possible to preserve it by booking an appointment at your Acura dealer’s service centre.
Checking your tires is also important, but take the opportunity to inspect all the mechanical components of your vehicle and perform regular maintenance such as changing the oil if necessary.
Whether you need a deep cleaning, an inspection or a change of parts for your car, make the most of the services of certified Acura technicians.
If you’re looking for cars for sale in Montreal, come and visit Acura Montreal Centre or browse our website. Our passionate team will be more than happy to assist you!