It’s officially springtime in Wisconsin, which means it’s time to start your spring cleaning. This year, don’t forget about your vehicle!

Follow these three car cleaning steps to get your vehicle looking good this season:

Step 1: Scrub the exterior.
Road salt and various other contaminants from the wintertime can damage your vehicle’s paint, so wash the exterior now that the snow is gone! Pay special attention to the bottoms of doors, tires and wheels that can collect excess grime. Use only clean rags that will not scratch the paint. Avoid washing in direct sunlight which can leave the paint susceptible to scratches and cause the soapy water to dry early.

Step 2: Clean the interior.
Take the time to tidy and freshen your vehicle’s interior by removing trash and unnecessary items that have been forgotten or left behind. Next, organize the items you DO need to keep in the car. Use water or a gentle cleaner to wipe down surfaces, vacuum seats and floormats, and wipe the inside of the windows diligently.

Step 3: Protect the finish.
To make your car’s cleanliness last longer, use a wax finish. There are several options for waxes, including paste, liquid, and spray waxes. Before you use an unfamiliar product on your car, test it on an inconspicuous area like the underside of a bumper. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully or have an expert apply the wax. The wax will protect your vehicle’s finish from debris and rain, making it even easier to clean next time!

Once your vehicle is looking good, be sure to make sure it’s operating at an optimal level by having it checked out at Meister Imports! Give us a call at 920-757-5543 to schedule an appointment with our ASE-certified technicians!