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8 Simple Steps to Refresh Your Car for Spring


Spring is the season of rejuvenation, and what better way to start than a good car refresh and clean! I know for myself – living in Canada – my car gets absolutely destroyed over the winter, between the salt, mud and sand I drag in on my boots, the coffee cups that tend to take up resident, and all the other random things that collect because it’s always too damn cold to even think about doing a car clean-out.

A clean vehicle not only looks good but also helps to maintain its value and prolong its life. In this article, we will explore how to clean and refresh your car as a spring cleaning ritual.

With these 8 Simple Steps you can refresh your car so it matches your fresh, clean and optimistic Spring attitude!

clean interior of car
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8 Simple Steps to Refresh Your Car for Spring

Step 1 – Remove Clutter and Trash

The first step to cleaning your car is to remove all the clutter and trash. This includes any empty bottles, wrappers, papers, and other debris. Use a trash bag to collect all the trash and empty it out. Remove any unnecessary items that you don’t need in your car. This will make the cleaning process much easier and faster.

messy trunk of car

You also may be surprised by the treasures you find hiding under seats – mittens, money, bags, water bottles, and mugs you forgot you owned!

Step 2 – Vacuum

Vacuuming is an essential part of cleaning the car’s interior. Use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool to clean the seats, floor mats, and carpets thoroughly. Pay special attention to the crevices and corners of the car, where dirt and debris tend to accumulate.

vacuuming the car seats to refresh your car

Don’t forget the trunk!

You can even purchase small vacuums that are made for cleaning cars if you feel so inclined. They are pretty handy and kind of cute!

Step 3 – Clean the Windows

Dirty windows not only look bad but can also reduce visibility, making driving hazardous. Use a window cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the inside and outside of the windows and windshield. Wipe the glass in a circular motion and avoid using paper towels, which can leave streaks.

cleaning the car windows to help refresh your car

Invest in some good cleaning supplies that can also be used indoors to make your shiny surfaces gleam!

Step 4 – Wipe Down the Dashboard and Console

The dashboard and console are prone to dust and grime build-up. Use a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleaner to wipe down the surfaces. Avoid using harsh chemicals, which can damage the surface of the dashboard.

cleaning car dashboard with a green microfiber cloth

You can also get cleaning gel that help you get into the nooks and crannies and even clear the dust out of the air vents.

Step 5 – Wash the Car

Washing the exterior of your car is the next step in the cleaning process. Use a bucket of warm water, car shampoo, and a soft sponge to clean the car thoroughly. Rinse the car with a hose or a bucket of clean water. Dry the car with a microfiber towel to avoid water spots.

washing the car with soap and sponge

You can do this yourself or bring the family for a trip through a commercial car wash!

Step 6 – Polish the Exterior

Polishing the exterior of the car can give it a fresh and shiny look. Use a high-quality car polish and a microfiber cloth to apply the polish in a circular motion. Focus on one section of the car at a time and avoid applying the polish in direct sunlight.

Step 7 – Refresh the Air

The next step is to refresh the air inside the car. Use an air freshener to eliminate any unpleasant odors and leave a pleasant fragrance.

There are many different odor eliminating products available to make your car smell as good as fresh spring air, from vent scent plugs and rear view mirror trees to fast acting scented oil.

Here are some extra cute options:

Step 8 – Add some Fun Touches

This step is obviously optional, but there so many fun touches that can purchased to spruce up your car. This a fun option, especially if you commute or spend a fair amount of time driving.

You can add fun floor mats

A steering wheel cover

Or even LED lighting

Easy Spring Cleaning Ritual

Cleaning and refreshing your car is an essential spring cleaning ritual and is quicker and more gratifying than trying to tackle an entire house.

By following these steps, you can clean and refresh your car quickly and effectively, making it ready for a new season of driving.

So pop in your ear buds and put on your favorite podcast and get started!