Winter Car Care Tips
Hey guys! If you’re like me, you love your car and want to keep it looking as shiny and clean as possible, even in the winter. But let’s be real, winter can be a tough season on our cars. Between the snow, slush, and salt, it can feel like an uphill battle to keep our rides looking fresh.
But fear not, because I’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep your car clean and looking good all winter long!
- Invest in a good set of floor mats: Trust me, you’ll thank me for this one. Floor mats are your car’s first line of defense against all the gunk that gets tracked in from the outside. Go for mats that are specifically designed for winter use, as they’ll be able to handle the extra moisture and grime. And make sure to wash them regularly to keep them clean and fresh. There are several types of floor mats that are specifically designed for use in the winter and are effective at helping to keep your car’s interior clean and dry. A good choices here would be WeatherTech. They have custom molded floor mats that fit most vehicles, they’re incredibly durable and easy to clean to boot!
- Use a good car wash: When it comes to washing your car in the winter, it’s important to use a car wash that’s up to the task. Look for a wash that includes a wax or sealant to help protect your car’s finish from the elements. And make sure to use a good quality microfiber drying towel to avoid leaving any streaks or water spots. When selecting a winter car wash, look for one that is pH-balanced and gentle on your car’s finish. Avoid using harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners, as these can strip away the wax or sealant on your car’s finish and leave it vulnerable to the elements. A good no-rinse wash like Optimum No Rinse is also a wonderful option if temps are below freezing.
- Wipe down your car’s exterior: After you wash your car, take a few minutes to wipe down the exterior with a silicone or wax-based protectant. This will help to create a barrier against the salt and grime that can build up on your car’s surface. And don’t forget to apply the protectant to your car’s tires as well! If possible, try to apply the wax in a warm environment, such as a garage or carport. Cold temperatures can make the wax more difficult to spread and can cause it to dry too quickly, making it harder to achieve a smooth finish.
- Keep a stash of cleaning supplies in your car: It’s always a good idea to have a few basic cleaning supplies in your car in case of emergencies. A bottle of glass cleaner, some microfiber towels, and a can of tire shine can go a long way in helping you keep your car looking clean and presentable. And a bottle of quick detailing spray can help with spot cleaning. Don’t rely on this to wash a heavily soiled paint finish as you risk scratching and swirling the paint. We like Chemical Guys HydroSpeed Ceramic Quick Detailer. It’s easy to use and leaves some great protection via SiO2 ceramic nanoparticles.
- Be proactive: One of the best ways to keep your car clean in the winter is to be proactive about it. As soon as you get home from a drive, take a few minutes to wipe down the exterior of your car and remove any visible dirt or grime. This will help to prevent the salt and other contaminants from setting in and causing damage to your car’s finish.
Winter Car Care Doesn’t have to be Difficult
Finally, it’s never a bad idea to get a professional involved. A winter car service wash from a professional mobile detailer can keep your ride looking great and well protected against the harshness of winter.
So there you have it, some simple but effective winter car care tips and winter car care products to help you keep your car clean and looking good all winter long. Remember, a little bit of effort can go a long way in keeping your car looking its best, no matter the weather!