It’s spring, which means people are getting out more in their cars, and putting more and more thought into how those cars look. So, whether you have an Audi, Mercedes, or Aston Martin, it’s time to rejuvenate your ride with these spring cleaning tips. After all, a Cars.com survey says 90 percent of people prefer to tackle this chore themselves. It’s generally recommended to start with the exterior and then move to the interior.
1. Scrub Your Tires
Scrub your tires with a tire-cleaning spray and firm brush. Then, clean your wheels. Your wheels are often over-looked but shouldn’t be neglected. Clean tires make a big difference in the overall aesthetics of your vehicle. Be sure to check out the labels so you know you’re getting the right formula for your particular European car. Try an acid-free pH balanced aluminum wheel cleaner.
2. Wash the Body
Wash the body of your vehicle from top to bottom with an approved carwash product. Use the two-bucket method: one bucket should contain clean soapy water and the other one is where you will put your dirty rinse water. Using a sponge or clean cloth, gently scrub down the entire car.
Use a car washing soap specially formulated for high-end vehicles, as dish soap can strip the wax and damage the paint job. Using clean mitts or cloths, gently wash away loose contaminants such as dust, dirt, and mud.
To wash your windows, use a specially formulated auto window cleaner and not a common household glass cleaner, which can damage the tint thanks to the high ammonia content. Clean and wipe twice to avoid streaking.
3. Rinse and Dry
Once you’ve gotten the car nice and soapy, hose it all off, as well as the underbody. Rather than let your car air dry, dry it with a clean microfiber towel.
Now it’s time for the interior. Get rid of any clutter you have accumulated over the winter months, from gas receipts to coffee cups to gum wrappers. Vacuum it out to get all the crumbs stuck in hard to reach places. Try using a small shop vac to get into the hard to reach places.
5. Clean the Dash
Using a mild cleaning spray and microfiber cloth, clean the dash, console and any other surfaces. Next, take the time to:
- Vacuum the seats, floor mats, trunk and rugs.
- Use an approved cleaner for all your leather upholstery. Take extra care and don’t scrub too hard.
- Spray some glass cleaner onto a cloth to clean interior windows. Don’t spray directly onto the window.
- Clean the floor mats one by one. Take them out of the car and place them on the grass. Scrub rubber ones with soapy water and carpeted ones with an approved carpet cleaner. Rinse and dry them thoroughly before placing them back in the car.
Contact Hance’s European
Spring is also a good time to get that much-needed repair or some maintenance done. To schedule your appointment, contact us in Dallas at 214-761-3247.