As the summer, draws to a close and the leaves begin to change, we can find the remnants of our summer excursions everywhere we look.  And this most definitely includes our vehicles.  Sand from the beach, pieces of food from those on the road meals, smudges and smears on the windows and dash, and pollen or pieces of the great outdoors that flew in while cruisin’ with the windows down are just a few of the things that you can find when you look inside. 

Here are just a few tips on car detailing to get your vehicle cleaned up and ready for the next few months.

-          Hook up an air compressor and blow the dirt from all of the nooks and crannies in your car.  Blow it onto the carpet or floor mats so they are easy to vacuum up.

-          Keep your car smelling clean by using a portable air compressor to blow the dust and dirt out of the heating and air-conditioning ductwork.

-          Use a non acid-based cleaner to clean alloy wheels and use a degreaser, not detergent to clean as they can damage paint.

-          Handwashing your exterior is the best way to go.  But don’t use dishwashing detergent as it can strip away any protective wax coatings.

-          Protect your paint with wax.  Wax protects the pain from the elements.  It will absorb stains and small scratches before they make it to the pain.  Whether you prefer paste wax or liquids, make it a point to wax every few months.

-          Always clean glass last as it will have the grime and residue on it from cleaning the rest of the car.  Find a glass cleaner without ammonia, which most household cleaners contain.  Use a microfiber cloth as it will remove residue and oils from the glass.

Everyone wants their vehicle to look tip top shape; something you are proud to call yours.  Clean your vehicle frequently and it will hold up much better through the years.