Just like you spring clean your house you should spring clean your car. During the winter we are in such a rush to get out of the cold and into a warm house that the car ends up really taking a beating. By the time the snow melts, my Dodge Journey is in some desperate need of a little TLC.
The best investment I make in my vehicle is taking it in every spring for a deep clean. We have a local car wash that will shampoo your seats and carpets while they also give it a good scrub and wipe down all the doors. My car is pretty gross when I take it. From sticky cup holders to mud and grime all over the floor mats, my car needs a good detailing.
But before I take my car in for it’s deep clean, first I need to clean it out! Here’s my best tip, grab a laundry basket, trash bag and head out to your car. Everything you intend to keep, place in the laundry basket, everything else goes in the trash bag. You need to empty the car before they can shampoo it so this is the easiest way I have found to do it. Plus, when you start looking at everything under and between the seats you may be surprised at what all is in the car.
Spring is also the perfect time to have routine maintenance done too. I usually make an oil change appointment and then speak with the tech to see if there is anything else that should be done. Usually, they suggest changing out the air filter and cabin filter. Both seem like small little details but they really do make a big difference. And if you live in an area with high pollen these filters may be something you want to keep an eye on and change out more often in the spring.
These are the few things I do to get my car ready for summer. I find if I take a little time now, my car performs better and feels better for all those summer adventures we have ahead!