Spring has sprung, the fun’s begun and it’s time for all those bad winter habits to get washed away. Now if you took our advice and took a road trip for spring break, you’ll definitely want to give the ole whip a once over. And while the exterior is an excellent place to start, if you want your car to finish strong you need to not neglect the interior or what’s under the hood. But don’t worry: Caliber has you covered with our list of simple spring cleaning tips to get your car in tip-top shape.

THE EXTERIOR

Car Wash

It seems so obvious, right? But you’d be surprised how many people overlook this simple task. First things first: make sure your car has cooled down. If the exterior is too hot, the soapy water tends to evaporate quicker, leaving behind soapsuds and residue. Pre-wash your vehicle to remove some of the built-up dirt. Then, scrub your car with a car wash mitt or sponge, making sure to not scrub too hard and scratch the paint. Then, rinse from the top down to leave your car looking top notch.

Tires and Rims

Detailing your tires is not as big of an ordeal as professional car washes would make you believe. In fact, a little soap and elbow grease is all it takes to wash away that excess grease. Using a soft dish sponge, you can really get into all the nooks and crannies of the rim. Then, using a different mitt from the rest of the car, clean your tires. Be sure to clean your tires and rims last to avoid dousing them in dirt from the car.

Wipers

It is incredibly important to replace your wiper blades after winter. The change in temperature can cause the rubber to break, leaving you with an obstructed view. You don’t want to find yourself driving in those upcoming April showers without a clear view of the road ahead.

THE INTERIOR

Be Gentle

Before going to town on your interior, be sure to check your owner’s manual for any approved cleaning solutions. We wouldn’t want you to ruin things with the wrong cleaner.

Seats and Cushions

Sometimes, it can seem like such a pain to get dirt, dust and debris out of the ditches of your car seats. But for some of those hard-to-reach, hard-to-clean areas, scrub the fabric with a dry brush beforehand. This helps bring the dirty to the surface, making it easy to follow behind with the vacuum. Take that, tiny dust bunnies.

Dash and Panels

Don’t forget to dust your dash with a damp cloth. A lot of people will tell you to use cleaners, like Armor All, but more often than not, these tend to leave a film that actually attracts and holds dust. A clean wipe with a wet cloth will get the job done and the dust gone.

UNDER THE HOOD

Battery

During the winter months, your car runs your battery through the ringer. With the cold temps and constant need for hot air, your battery can take a hit. So, it’s up to you to take charge and take your battery to a local auto parts store for a charge checkup. Also, look out for any corrosion. If you catch some corrosion, you can always clean it up with a little baking soda. For your safety, please consult this full guide of property battery cleaning instructions.

There you have it: everything you need to get your car clean for spring. While they may seem like small tasks, these can make a big difference in keeping your car cleaner and keeping you safer. Which, after all, is our number one priority.