Spring Clean Your Ride: An 8-Step Guide

Spring Clean Your Ride: An 8-Step Guide

April 10, 2024    Car Care

As Manitobans, we often take a look at our car once winter is over and wonder how it got so darn filthy!

Winter is extremely hard on our vehicles. Whether it’s salt buildup, snow and ice or muddy boots, the season takes a big toll on our cars. That’s why spring is the perfect time to give your ride a fresh start!

Does your car spring cleaning routine normally just involve changing the mats and washing the exterior? This is the year to go the extra mile. These eight steps will ensure your vehicle is sparkly clean and ready to rock and roll in spring’s warmer weather.


Start your car’s spring cleaning with a good shower! One option is to take your ride to a car wash – or save some money and do it easily yourself at home!

All you need is warm water, a car wash solution and a sponge or soft microfiber cloth (or grab this kit with everything you need for just $40.00!). Washing by hand can clean more effectively than a car wash because you have more control. It can also protect your paint job because it’s a more gentle approach.

Check out this blog for more tips on how to detail your car at home!


Your tires can take a pretty bad beating during the winter. That’s why you should make sure to check them for damage or wear and tear to the threads. If necessary, you might want to look at replacing them. Second, give your tires a much-needed scrub with a stiff brush to get all of the embedded dirt and grit out.

If you are switching out your winter tires, read this blog post detailing everything you need to know about tire swapping.


Next up is tackling the inside of your car! Give the interior a good vacuum, brush and wipe. Don’t forget to lift up the mats, open the glove compartment and get inside the vents to make sure you’re cleaning every square inch.


Here in Manitoba, road salt is our friend when it comes to slippery roads but not so much when it comes to our car’s interior. Salty slush and winter boots can leave unsightly stains on your car’s carpet and mats.

An easy DIY is to use a 50/50 spray of white vinegar and water. Spray the salty areas and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Don’t press on it or rub the stain as this could damage the fibres. Gently use a brush to loosen the salt. Spray and soak again and use an absorbent cloth to wipe the area. Last, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining moisture.


An important car maintenance tip is to change your windshield wiper blades at least once a year – so why not add it to your spring cleaning checklist? If either of your blades has cracks, tears or worn rubber, replace them as soon as possible. The efficiency of the wipers will be decreased if any of these issues are present. And top up on wiper fluid while you’re at it!


You might not have thought to open your hood as part of your spring cleaning tasks, but your engine deserves some love, too! Lightly mist the engine with water to take off any loose dirt and dust. Give all of the components a wipe with a degreaser and then another quick rinse. Once the engine is completely dry, apply a protective finish.


A nice final touch is to give your car a shiny wax. Bonus, the wax will help protect the paint from heat, UV rays and moisture! Doing this at least twice a year is recommended to keep your car’s exterior protected and looking glossy at all times.


When it comes to spring cleaning, nothing feels better than decluttering! Get your car organized by taking out any unneeded winter items like snow brushes, ice scrapers and winter clothing. Replace them with sunscreen, sunglasses and window shades. At the same time, make sure you’re stocked up on anytime essentials like tissues, wipes and a trash container.

And just like that, your car’s looking beautiful for spring! Doing a clean like this every year is just one way to maintain the value of your ride and keep it protected for the long haul.

Our Birchwood dealerships offer a wide variety of car maintenance services, so we can help you prolong your car’s lifespan even more! Or maybe you’re thinking of starting the season with a new ride? Fill out our online application to find a vehicle that works for your budget and lifestyle.

Rebecca Lake
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