Spring Car Cleaning Tips: Boost Trade-in Value & Drive in Style


Spring has sprung in Nova Scotia! After a long winter, it’s time for some deep cleaning and setup for the summer. While you’re putting away your warmer clothes and getting your yard ready for gardening and barbeques, it’s also the perfect time for spring car cleaning. Thorough detailing can make your car feel brand new and, if you’re thinking of selling, can increase it’s trade-in value.

In this post, we’ll share essential car cleaning tips inside and out. Whether you're looking to upgrade your vehicle soon or just want to freshen it up for a road trip, these practical tips will help you get your car looking and feeling great this spring.

Why Focus on Spring Car Cleaning?

Spring cleaning your car does more than just improve its appearance. It can extend the life of your vehicle and help maintain its value as the salt and road debris from winter can cause significant wear and tear.

Taking the time to properly wash off the dirt of winter not only makes your car look better but can help it run better for longer, something our car detailing experts focus on during every servicing.

Deep Cleaning the Interior

While you’re behind the wheel, the first thing that will stand out as needing cleaning is your vehicle’s interior. From your rubber car mats to your dashboard, salt stains and dirt accumulate everywhere. Here are some car cleaning tips for a fresh interior:

  • Start with the Nooks and Crannies: Use a compressed air can or a small brush to dislodge dirt and dust from hard-to-reach places before you start vacuuming to save time later.
  • Thorough Vacuuming: Pay special attention to the areas under the seats, in the seat crevices, and around the pedals while vacuuming your vehicle. Use different vacuum attachments to effectively clean these areas.
  • Fabric and Carpet Shampoo: Apply a high-quality shampoo designed for vehicle interiors and follow the product instructions. For tough stains, consider a pre-treatment or a steam cleaner for a deep clean.
  • Leather Care: If your vehicle has leather interiors, use a pH-balanced leather cleaner. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to keep it supple, preventing cracks and tears. Our service department offers detailing to help you preserve the look and feel of your seats.
  • Dashboard and Console: Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, console, and other hard surfaces with automotive interior cleaner. For touch screens and delicate surfaces, use a microfiber cloth or another non-abrasive option to avoid scratches.
  • Door Panels and Windows: Take the time to clean your door panels with a suitable cleaner and wipe down windows inside and out for a streak-free finish. This is also a good time to make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full for those spring showers.

Exterior Car Cleaning Tips

A deep cleaning of the exterior of your vehicle is crucial after winter to get rid of dirt and salt that can cause rusting. The special attention you pay to spring car cleaning will help restore its shine and protect its surface:

  • Detailed Washing: Use a car-specific soap and microfiber mitt to wash your car thoroughly. Make sure you’re parked safely and have easy access to water. Avoid dish soap or other cleaning supplies as they can strip the wax and dry out the paint.
  • Wheel Cleaning: Use a wheel brush to scrub away the tar, dirt, and brake dust accumulated over the winter. Apply a specialized wheel cleaner designed to dissolve grime without harming the finish and rinse well with water to remove it.
  • Protective Wax: After drying the car with a microfiber towel, apply a high-quality wax. Waxing is important for more than just a shiny finish, it also provides a protective layer against pollutants and UV rays.
  • Trim and Rubber: Maintain the rubber seals and trim on your vehicle by treating them with a restorative product. This helps prevent fading and cracking that can worsen after the winter to keep these seals working for longer.

Odour Elimination and Air Quality

Sometimes, an air freshener just won't cut it. Unpleasant odours in your car can be embarrassing; you don’t want to have to smell it and you certainly don’t want your family or friends to notice it. Spring car cleaning can help eliminate these smells and improve air quality for your comfort and that of your passengers:

  • Ventilation System: Regular maintenance of your car's ventilation system helps prevent dust buildup and mould growth. Start by replacing cabin filters and clearing vents with compressed air to ensure clean air circulates effectively.
    • Natural Odour Absorbers: To keep your car smelling fresh, you can use natural odour absorbers like activated charcoal for a chemical-free option. Place these in breathable bags around the car to effectively trap and eliminate smells.
      • Refresh Fabrics: Use a fabric refresher spray regularly on the upholstery to combat odours absorbed from daily use. Choose a spray made for use in cars to keep fabrics fresh and maintain their appearance.

Regular Maintenance and Upkeep

Keeping your car clean with regular detailing extends its life and ensures it always looks its best. Race Auto Group offers a variety of detailing packages that cater to every need and budget. From basic clean-ups in our Value Detail to advanced treatments in our Executive Detail, we ensure your car receives the care it deserves.

Contact Us for Help with Your Spring Car Cleaning!

We hope these car cleaning tips help you get your vehicle ready for spring. Remember, a clean car not only drives better but also retains more value.

For top-notch results, consider visiting Race Auto Group for our professional detailing services. Whether you need a quick cleanup or a comprehensive detail, our team is here to make your vehicle look and feel its best. Contact us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about our spring car cleaning tips and professional detailing services.

What products do you recommend for DIY spring car cleaning?

We recommend using pH-neutral car shampoos, microfiber cloths, and high-quality car wax for DIY cleaning. These products are safe for your car's interior, upholstery and paint.

Can regular detailing prevent rust on my car?

Yes, regular detailing, especially washing and waxing, can help prevent rust by removing salt and dirt deposits that can corrode the metal.

How should I clean the interior of my car between professional detailing?

Regular vacuuming, wiping down surfaces with a suitable cleaner, and using fabric refresher sprays can help maintain your vehicle’s cleanliness between professional detailing appointments.