Spring-clean your vehicle this season!
The Australian weather can take an extreme toll on both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time to get those tyres scrubbed and rims shined, interiors deep cleaned and vacuumed, and that exterior washed and waxed. It’s time for some serious spring-cleaning.
Australian tyre recycler and owner of Branigans Tyres, Chris Lett provides some expert spring-cleaning advice to spring into full vehicle-vibrancy.
“There are five important steps to spring-cleaning: undercarriage washing, exterior washing and waxing, tyre cleaning, replacing wiper blades, and interior cleanup,” says Lett.
Undercarriage washing: “The initial step to preparing one’s vehicle for the freshness and radiance of spring is to remove road salt and grime from the vehicle’s undercarriage. Using either a high-pressured or garden hose, try and reach every nook and cranny of the underneath with water,” says Lett. Should one utilise a high-pressured hose, use diluted detergent and mix with water to wash the undercarriage thoroughly.
Exterior washing and waxing: Start with an initial hose down to weaken the dirt before the actual and thorough wash. Select the most effective car wash liquid, mix with water and wash with a soft sponge. “Avoid any abrasive materials like steel wool when cleaning the outer body of the vehicle. Once the vehicle is soapy and touch stains are neutralised, hose the vehicle down, and wipe the vehicle dry with a chamois cloth,” says Lett.
It’s time to start waxing. Get the ideal waxing product out and apply with a micro fibre cloth. Remember to apply wax in circular motions to get full surface coverage. Allow to dry. After that, polish the vehicle with a good waxing machine.
Tyre cleaning: Hose down tyres to weaken any soft dirt. Then apply a tyre and wheel cleaner to the outer surface and then brush with strength using a tyre brush. “One can also use an unused paintbrush to remove any debris. Rinse tyres with water, then dry with a micro fibre cloth,” says Lett.
Replacing wiper blades: “Remove any cracked wiper blades. If one notices that blades are skipping and streaking, it’s time to replace the wiper blades,” says Lett. Before refitting the new blades, use a standard window cleaning solution and thoroughly clean the front and rear windows to remove built up dirt and grime.
Interior Cleanup: Get vacuuming and remove all the fine dirt in the nooks and crannies in and around the seats and on the floor. “Vacuum car seats thoroughly, or use a wet vacuum on the car seats for better results. Based on the material of your interior, utilise the correct products to wipe down arm rests, headrests, dashboards and side areas of the interior,” says Lett. The same applies to the boot, wet or dry vacuum it and lay a plastic tarpaulin across the floor of the boot to keep it as clean as possible. For an extra boost to a clean and fresh interior, place a scented air freshener on the rear view mirror.
At Branigans Tyres, Chris Lett and his team ‘go green’ and are experts in the recycled tyre business. Branigans Tyres has well-established workshops in Burleigh Heads and Southport in the Gold Coast region. Check out their full range of services or current featured promotions. Branigans award-winning affordable tyre subscriptions package start at $7.97 and help motorists budget for their ongoing tyre needs.
Vehicle owners are encouraged to drive in at their convenience as no pre-bookings or appointments are required. Branches are situated at 13 Flagstone Drive, Burleigh Heads, contact number (07) 5535 2660 or 1/277 Southport-Nerang Rd, Southport contact number, (07) 5591 8633.
Written and Syndicated by: YDMA News