It’s spring! It’s time for your car to get some TLC, whether it be a thorough cleaning or a maintenance check-up. Follow these guides for a spring cleaning that will leave your car looking and running like new again.

Spring is here, and for many of us, that means a chance to clean out the garage and do some spring cleaning.

But what about your car? It can be an easy way to get rid of clutter, and it’s good for the environment.

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, there are always some things you can throw away or recycle. Here are some tips for getting organized in your vehicle:

  1. Check your trunk — If you’re looking for some extra space in your vehicle, start by removing any items that aren’t needed. You can also check under seats and cup holders to ensure they’re not full of debris that might clog up drains or cause other problems down the road.
  2. Purge old receipts — Old receipts can take up a lot of space in your vehicle, so it’s important to sort through them periodically and toss out anything not needed. If a receipt has personal information on it, be sure to shred it before tossing it in the trashcan.
  3. Clean out your glove compartment — Glove compartments can easily become home to many different types of items ranging from pens to maps to spare change — all things that could be useful but also take up valuable real estate inside your car.
  4. Use a wet rag to clean your steering wheel, other surfaces, and air vents. If these areas are really dirty, consider using a toothbrush or some other small brush to get into hard-to-reach corners. To clean leather upholstery, periodically apply a leather conditioner to keep the hide from drying out and cracking over time. Depending on the type of leather you have and how often you use the vehicle, it’s a good idea to clean and condition it every three or four weeks if you can.
  5. Vacuum your car. You might not realize just how much dirt and debris you track into your car throughout the winter. Give it a good vacuum and get that dirt back where it belongs – outside your car!
  6. Don’t forget to wash your car inside and out! There’s nothing quite like a good cleaning. Treat your car to get a deep washing and a healthy coat of wax to protect it that much more!
  7. Don’t forget to check under the hood. Any maintenance needs to include checking the fluids, the tires, brakes, wipers, exhaust, and all the “under the hood” components.

Your car is an important part of your life, so keeping it in good condition is important too! When you clean your car, pay attention to keeping odors out. Also, paint your wheels and rubber seals a glossy black; the appearance will remain good while they last longer. Always use fabric floor mats instead of vinyl ones in your car — especially with dogs or young children. They are easier to clean and allow the flooring to breathe. Consider installing a sunshade to block the sun’s heat when parked in direct sunlight on hot days.

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