I know you all are car lovers, which means you care about your car. Now let's be realistic.. We do live in Canada. Which the unique climate mix that freezes our cars in winter and bakes them in the summer, our vehicles tend to suffer a host of hazards that’d terrify even the most professional detailer.
Over the winter, your car’s exterior was assaulted by, well, salt, while the interior was bombarded with slush and ice. That’s not to mention the wear and tear caused by Dad’s habit of spilling his double-double all over the dashboard on the way home from junior hockey practice.
With the calendar now in April, it’s a great time to evacuate all of winter’s debris. The best way to combat permanent damage is through regular cleaning and detailing, of course. If schedules were jam-packed during the snowy months and one didn’t have a chance to hoover out winter’s flotsam and jetsam, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a checklist that’ll get your ride shining in no time.
Take care of the essentials first by giving your car a good wash to rid it of the winter grime. You don’t need a lot of things, but a few good ones will always get the job done right. A high-quality wash mitt, a high-quality car shampoo, and a dreadknot drying towel and a few microfibre towels to apply any waxes or sealant at the end. If you do decide to invest in a power washer, that is even better. A pressure washer will rinse off any dirt with higher pressure, leaving you less work to do later on.
When washing, make certain to use the 2 bucket method. What’s that, you ask? Well, one bucket contains the soap and water mixture while the other is used solely for rinsing the wash mitt. This way, there is little chance of picking up stray dirt on the wash mitt as might happen if the same bucket is used to both apply soapy water to the mitt and rinse the mitt after washing a body panel.
For an extra dose of paint protection, a grit guard will work fantastic. It fits into the bucket, allowing the dirt thrust into the bucket during a rinse to sink to the bottom and stay there, out of reach. Pairs up with a high-quality microfibre wash mitt is the key to avoid damaging the paint on a car.
Cleaning tools such as wash mitts, sponges, and towels should be made of soft materials that will not scratch the paint or other surfaces. When using them, be absolutely certain all these products are free of dirt and grit. If you ever drop any cleaning supplies on the floor, definitely wash it thoroughly before using it again. This ensures you are not picking up any dirt or stones that will potentially scratch your paint while using it.
The products being used for cleaning a vehicle should be specifically designed for automobiles. Household cleaners like dish soap do a great job of cutting grease in the kitchen but often contain ingredients that can damage the delicate paint finish on vehicles. Instead of hitting up Walmart or Canadian tire for car cleaning supplies, head over to our website! We have all the proper shampoos, wheel cleaners, and sealants on our website! Your initial investment might be a bit higher but it will pay off in the long run.
In the end, while deciding on the proper wax, reflect on consideration on how much time you are willing to invest in maintaining your vehicle. If you don’t have time to spare, you may want to choose an artificial alternative. Application is straightforward and you may typically wax an entire vehicle in 15-30 minutes. Spray Sealant has become more and more popular, and it offers extended protection time than traditional paste wax. Therefore, it is our top choice when it comes to choosing a wax/sealant.
Can you see your reflection in the car’s paint yet? Good, because now it’s time to turn your attention to the car’s interior. Vacuuming and glass cleaning might sound like blindingly obvious tasks but they will keep winter’s damage at bay, even if your car hasn’t seen a vacuum since Halloween. Be sure to use a good quality wet/dry vacuum to hoover all the dirt and debris out of the carpets and seating surfaces.
Picking up some products specially formulated for your car’s cloth or leather seats will go a long way to rejuvenating your interior. We recommend a dedicated leather cleaner from all your leather seats and a fabric cleaner/guard for the rest!
Use a soft cloth and appropriate cleaner (water works well in a pinch) to wipe grime from the dashboard. Pairs up with our P&S Xpress Interior Cleaner, it will ensure that your interior will look like the day you picked up your ride!
In the end, whether you are a professional detailer or just an enthusiast, a good spring cleaning will do wonders for your ride! It is one of the most important washes in a year to us because now it's the time to get rid of all the salt, and start on a good note going into this car season!