Spring Cleaning—DIY Car Detailing

Spring is finally here! You know what that means: spring cleaning. In the spirit of the season, we’d like to share some tips on how you can keep your car looking hot year-round!

To protect the finish on your vehicle and keep it sparkling in the brilliant New Mexico sun, we recommend the following:

Exterior

  • Use soft rags or microfiber cloths when washing your car. Using a soft material helps protect your car from being scratched while you’re washing it.
  • Use a foaming window cleaner. A foaming window cleaner provides excellent coverage that enables you to wash your windows more easily—and get a streak-free shine.
  • Use wax to protect the paint on your car about every three months. Waxing protects your paint finish and helps maintain a brilliant shine. Sometimes, hand buffing scratches or fading spots before you wax can make those defects less noticeable. Some of the brands we like to use include Mother and McGuire’s.
  • Wash your car in the shade. We know it feels nice to wash your car in the sun, but it’s important to wash your car in the shade if you want to prevent water spots.

Interior

  • Vacuum your car thoroughly. Be sure to remove floor mats and vacuum all of the upholstery.
  • Wash your floor mats. If they’re rubber, a simple hose will do the trick! Allow them to dry thoroughly before placing them back in your vehicle.
  • Use compressed air to remove dirt and debris from nooks, crannies and hard-to-reach places.
  • Wipe down your dash and all surfaces in your car. Avoid using a product with a high gloss if possible.
  • Clean the glass inside your car. Residue builds up on your windows over time. It’s important to remove this residue to ensure you can see clearly, especially when driving in direct sunlight. Avoid glass cleaners with ammonia or vinegar if you have aftermarket window tinting.

Of course, you can always have your car professionally detailed at Quanz! We’d love to see you!