Easy Tips Keep Your Ride Looking Sharp All Summer
Published on May 06, 2019 09:00 AM in Car Care
Endless errands, road trips and late-night drives past road construction can leave your vehicle looking weathered, inside and out.
Here’s what some experts suggest you do to keep your ride looking fresh all summer long.
- Vacuum regularly. “Flat surfaces are hard to come by inside a vehicle,” said Sarah Windham public relations manager at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. “So look for a vacuum that comes with a combination of brushes, flexible hoses, extensions and pivoting pieces to reach those crevices and irregularly shaped spaces.
- Consider using a two-in-one wash-and-wax. “A benefit of all-in-one products is that drivers can use them to add shine to plastic or textured parts that typically collect a white residue with traditional waxes,” said Rob McCarter, brand manager for Eagle One.
- Use a deodorizer, then an air freshener. “Fragrances are a temporary fix,” said Larry McIsaac, CEO of Kraco Enterprises, makers of Ozium deodorizer. “They work by putting off a scent that’s so overpowering you can’t help but smell it, or by desensitizing your sense of smell. Deodorizers work on a microbial level by attacking airborne molecules and destroying them.”
- Clean wheels one at a time. Never allow the cleaners to dry on the wheel,” said Mark Tucker, brand manager of Black Magic for ITW Global Brands. “Be sure to use wheel-specific cleaners that are specifically designed to remove brake dust and road grime but will not harm the wheels. A wheel cleaner that isn’t pH balanced can cause hazing, pitting, or corrosion, ruining the look of your wheels. Also, use either a wash mitt or a soft brush, never a tool with metal bristles.”
- Use a clay bar to remove grit. “Some cleaning waxes add shine but don’t remove contaminants bonded to the car. The surface will still feel rough” said Michael Pennington of Meguiar’s Inc., a manufacturer of car care products. “Claying can remove paint swirls, grit, brake dust and other contaminants and be used on just about any exterior surface--windshield, rims and paint.”